October 1 to November 5, 1998
Curated by Jane Kidd, artist and teacher, Alberta College of Art and Design and Ron Kong, curator at the Canadian Craft Museum, this exhibition is of work by members of BC Stars (BC Society of Tapestry Artists), which has been travelling around BC during 1998 and 1999.
The tapestries in this exhibit are all original: designed and woven by the artists themselves. The nature of fibre art is that it is often a collaborative art form. In this how, we have a Community Tapestry woven by BC Stars for the new Dr. Peter Centre, an AIDS hospice and daycare centre. We are indebted to the PG Weavers and Spinners Guild for providing some hands-on materials, display and activities to enrich the exhibition. Try your hand at the public weaving loom!
As artist, Barbara Heller, explains, “tapestry is an ancient art form that is alive and well in the 20th century. Contemporary tapestry artists use traditional weaving techniques as a vehicle to communicate their personal visions. This show addresses the issues of text and subtext, the overt and covert messages that tapestry carries as an art form primarily executed by women in a highly tactile medium rich with historic and domestic associations.
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