art in fibre

Left: Kaija Rautianen, “Birch Landscape”
Right: Hanna Haapasalo, “Great Blue Heron”
Both handwoven Jacquard tapestry, photo credit Ken Mayer Studios

An exhibition by two Vancouver-based Finnish fiber artists is opening tomorrow:

Between the Hand and the Loom – Works by Kaija Rautianen & Hanna Haapasalo
Exhibit: June 1- July 2, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2006, 6-8pm
Crafthouse Gallery, 1386 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, June 15, 2006, 7-8pm,
Carousel Theatre, 1411 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver
Free Admission. Please register at 604-687-6511

For this exhibition Kaija and Hanna are going to create textiles woven on a computer assisted Jacquard loom. The purpose is to explore and share with the public the possibilities of new technology in hand weaving and to give exposure to cutting edge works in fibre. The pieces will be mostly wall and window hangings with both abstract and realistic imagery drawn from nature.

In Jacquard weaving the image and the structure are locked together and the relationship of the two affects the overall content. The understanding of the structure, materials and the scale is crucial before a visual idea can become art in fibre.

View some examples of Kaija’s work here and here. Kaija is a friend and I’ve seen her wonderful weavings in the past. I highly recommend seeing this exhibition. Unfortunately I won’t make it to the opening to greet Kaija and meet Hanna. Best wishes, Kaija and Hanna!

May 31, 2006 in Art Exhibitions, Other artists by Marja-Leena