Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tallheo Cannery; Bella Coola

Size:  18” W x 27 ¼” H
By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC

This fall I joined the Fibre Art Network, a group of professional textile artists in Western Canada working to promote textile art.  I am please to announce that this piece was accepted into their Canadiana Exhibit!

For this exhibition artists were asked to explore a sense of place in Canada, “considering its history, environment, the people, culture [including food, outdoor activities, music] and its uniqueness.”  The show opens in January 2015 at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

I love exploring the boundaries of textile art and in this piece I have combined the rich colours of acrylic with the sculptural qualities of a stitched canvas.  In Bella Coola a fishing boat lies forgotten on the shoreline while the Tallheo Cannery finds new life as an Adventure Lodge by the efforts of the next generation of young, energetic Canadians. My niece, co-owner of the Tallheo Cannery, gave me permission to use her photograph for this piece.

The techniques used are wholecloth black cotton stitched in red thread.  Treated with black gesso and painted in acrylics.  Here is a close up:

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