Eye for Colour Exhibition

Saturday was the opening of a new show at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, BC called “Eye for Colour”.

From the promotion:

“The seed for this show originated from Bernat Klein’s book Eye For Colour. Bernat Klein is a legendary textile designer who shook up the staid tweed industry and went on to be celebrated by French couturiers. Inspired by his own dynamic, paint-smeared abstract paintings and those of other painters, he designed and created from his own mill innovative multi-coloured and highly textured yarns. These scrumptious yarns were then woven into rich, textural cloth for the fashion industry.

It is the relationship of his paintings and these textiles that is captured in Eye For Colour. Once again this fall, “An Eye For Colour” will be presented at ArtSpring when participants will have paired up to collaborate on new works of woven and painted pieces. The creative members of the two guilds come together to celebrate Bernat Klein’s painterly approach and in their own way draw inspiration from each other. Some will meet regularly to follow the process of painting and weaving, sharing the creation of both. Others will begin with a finished painting or textile and be inspired to create a companion piece. Whichever approach is chosen, the result is bound to be stunning.”

It was inspiring to work collaboratively. My partner and I both love the arbutus tree – a unique tree that sheds its bark each year, has wonderful colours and grows in many directions. So these trees were a starting point, as they are abundant on our island.

Arbutus – bark peeling…

Arbutus Tree

Arbutus – reaching out over the water…

Arbutus Tree

Two arbutus – of different colours…

Arbutus Tree

My partner, elehna de sousa, writes haiku, works with photographs and does multi-media work and all of these contributed to her piece called ‘A Quiet Moment’, plus her haiku (below) and two ‘tear back’ pieces showing the form and femininity of the arbutus tree.

arbutus shadows —
the crinkle
of falling bark

I did Saori weaving with over 30 yarns of various colours and textures which I combined to create my contribution of ‘Shades of Arbutus – Branching Out’. Another feature of the weaving was using a comb reed. This allowed me to move the warp around and expand it out as the tree was ‘branching out’, without rethreading. The top comes off the reed and I could just lift the threads and move them as needed….a pretty cool tool!

Here we are at the opening with our collaborative work…

Eye for Colour

and another view…

Eye for Colour

I also wove an “Arbutus Scarf” on the same warp with Noro Kureyon yarn as weft to wear to the opening (this yarn was one of the many that I used in my ‘tree’).

The rest of the show is amazing, colourful and creative…each pair of painter and weaver have created some wonderful interpretations and collaborations – pillows, flowers, socks, scarves, shawls, rugs, wall hangings, jackets & vests are some of the woven items….paintings of buildings, flowers, trees, landscapes, abstracts and more are the paintings. Certainly a great title “Eye for Colour”.

Please do come by if you are able. Once photos are taken of the pieces, I’ll post them or link to them on the Weavers or Painters guild website…along with better photos of our work. The opening was very well attended.

Eye for Colour

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Photos by Alan Bibby

8 replies
  1. terri
    terri says:

    Thanks Taueret! It was fun to try out the comb reed and let the tree expand. I also love the idea of collaboration and getting new ideas and being challenged by someone else to expand horizons…..all part of the ‘learn from each other’ part of the Saori philosophy.

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  2. terri
    terri says:

    Thank you so much Kimberly – we certainly enjoyed the process and were happy with the result. It challenged us both to try new things…

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  3. Petra
    Petra says:

    Wonderful collaborative exhibit. Awesome impressions of the always fascinating, ever-changing arbutus!

    Love and peace,
    Petra

  4. mom
    mom says:

    Just want to let you know that you and elehana have been gracing my computer desktop with your happy smiles since you posted the picture of your outstanding display at Artspring. I love the way the colors all harmonize, right down to your gorgeous Arbutus scarf. Very creative works!!
    Congratulations to you both! oxox mom

  5. terri
    terri says:

    Thanks Mom 🙂 Glad you like the photos and the works – sorry that you couldn’t be here to see it in person!

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

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