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An Eye for Colour

This year our local weaver’s guild had their 3rd show of “Eye for Colour”. This year each weaver could partner up with any local artist to create something together or to complement each other. In previous years I participated, but this year was not able to. (My previous entries can be found here and here).

However, Lorrie (of Lorrie’s Locks, as I call them – if any of you have woven here you will know about these beautifully dyed locks of wool from her own sheep) and her husband entered their work. Lorrie is a spinner and weaver and came to the studio this spring to learn about SAORI weaving and clothing design in preparation for the show. She and Andy wanted to do something different and creative.

Their result is stunning! Andy does leather work and makes belts, bags and many other things and you can find him at the Salt Spring Market most Saturdays.

So here are some photos of their combined work:

Eye for Colour

And some details:

Eye for Colour

Eye for Colour

I love the use of the clasped weft and the pieces of Lorrie’s Locks in the weaving. The colour in the warp and how she used these asymmetrically is beautiful and subtle. Andy also ‘stepped outside the box’ to make an asymmetrical belt to go with the top.

Lorrie says: “You gave me the confidence to step well outside my bubble and do something I have always wanted to do, which is weave clothing for myself. A lot of what I ended up with wasn’t planned and happened when draping the dress form — just as you said it would! I’m just amazed by the process. “

Yay for the SAORI way!!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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