The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is proud to present Interlacing Conversations: Traditional and
Contemporary Fibre Arts. This group exhibition explores intersections of traditional and experimental fibre arts.
It juxtaposes the work of contemporary fibre artists using crafts such as knitting, spinning, and rug hooking with the work of traditional practitioners of these crafts. On view until September 20, this exhibition brings to Inverness the work of contemporary artists from outside the region: Joanna Close of Halifax, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère of Calgary, Barb Hunt of Corner Brook and Winnipeg, and Robyn Love of Gillams, Newfoundland and Queens, New York and Janet Morton of . Along with their work will be a variety of hand-crafted pieces from the Inverness County region. Hooked rugs by Roxane Henderson and knitting by her mother, Sandra Hendsbee, knitting and crocheting by Betty Nordhage and Helen Stewart, spinning and weaving by members of the Lake Ainslie Weavers including Polly Davis and Eileen MacNeil are just a sampling of the many hand-made, useful and beautiful objects on view.
Of special interest will be Kelly- Frère outdoor installation entitled Cast Offs. This collaborative project will be composed of more than fifty handknit, flat wool ”drawings” of hats, socks, long underwear and mittens. These will be flown from poles set into the grounds of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. Knitters in Cape Breton and Alberta will lend their hands and ingenuity to the creation of individual pieces that will contribute to a riot of colour on the wind.
At once humorous and poetic (were these blown from the laundry line or off someone’s back?) the work strives to evoke a sense of whimsy and fragility against the backdrop of a dramatic and ever-changing landscape. These works will fray, fade and even tear away from their moorings providing a material metaphor for perseverance and ultimately our own mortality in a landscape much older than ourselves.
The organizers of Interlacing Conversations hope to spark a discussion about the many ways that simple, timeless crafts have transcended utility and become mediums of creativity and expression.