Manitoba Craft Council show at ARTlab, March 8 2013

Unravelled, Manitoba Craft Council March 2013

Unravelled

Artists & Designers Deconstructing Garments

Mar 8 – Apr 19
University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery, 180 Dafoe rd
Authored by Manitoba Craft Council
Opening Reception: 5-8pm Gallery Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm

New work by Teresa Burrows, Lisa Dyck, Lita Fontaine, Helga Jakobson, Roy Liang, and Melanie Wesley :: Curated by Jennifer Smith

Catalogue/Catablog: unravelledshow.com

Previous Exhibition: August 8-October 6 2012 Gallery in the Park, Altona, Mb

ARTlab, University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery, 180 Dafoe Rd.

 

 

 

suitcase as a kickdrum

 

 

 

from unravelled show.com:

“Fashion has always been a way of expressing oneself. Every morning people wake up and have to make the decision of how they want to present themselves to the world. It allows for the choice of creativity everyday. It is not surprising then that the creativity of fashion extends itself to those creating fashion and art. Opening up the discussions of fashion designers being inspired by art and artists being inspired by fashion, and their relevance to each other. As stated in Contemporary Textiles: the fabric of fine art:

“The growing symbiosis between textiles and art is generating a new body of consciousness. Just as textiles play a key role in moulding the body’s shape into stylized ‘second skin’ apparel or crafting rigid garments that define space around the body, they also lend themselves to the creation of sculptural shapes that explore new representations of the human form.”

Artistic garments have been explored by fashion designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaulthier and more. Many artists explore their practices through the creation of garments, some notable artists including Nick Cave, Rebecca Belmore, and Yinka Shonibare. Each of these designers and artists have taken on their projects for various reasons, such as expanding the creativity of clothing, making a political statement, the exploration of materials, and fun.

Unravelled includes six Manitoba-based artists, some of whom identify as visual artists and others as fashion designers, who navigate the line that separates the genre of their practices. Teresa Burrows, Lisa Dyck, Lita Fontaine, Helga Jakobson, Roy Liang and Melanie Wesley have each created new work based in the craft of garment-making, unravelling the connections between garments and art.

Unravelled ​runs from March 8 – April 19, 2013 at the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba, 180 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Unravelled​ ran from August 10 – October 6, 2012 at Gallery in the Park in Altona, Manitoba.  This exhibition is a project of the Manitoba Craft Council, with thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council, the WInnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Lotteries and the Government of Manitoba for their generous support.

 

 

Helga Jakobson

from the UnravelledShow.com website:

“Jennifer Smith is a Curator and Arts Professional from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her work focuses on the use of craft in contemporary art.  She works at Video Pool Media Arts Centre and is the Vice President of the Board for the Manitoba Craft Council.  She curated Craft on the Loose in 2010 and Casting On: The History of Knitting in Manitoba for the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library and co-organized the community project Knitting the Bridge in 2010.  Jennifer most recently curated the Unravelled exhibition for the Manitoba Craft Council, with the support of curatorial mentor Jenny Western.”

Bulgar and Wheat Dress by Helga Jakobson

 

 

Traditional Plains Cloth Dresses by Lita Fontaine

 

Unravelled; Craft Council of Manitoba, New work by Teresa Burrows, Lisa Dyck, Lita Fontaine, Helga Jakobson, Roy Liang, and Melanie Wesley :: Curated by Jennifer Smith

 

Melanie Wesley; Ramie fabric, various silk and cotton threads, sequins, tulle net, hand-dyed wool Art Dress

 

 

Melanie Wesley; cotton blend fabric, reclaimed drapery sheers, red cotton sewing thread, sequins, gold flake paint

 

Wheat Dress by Helga Jakobson, “The Farmer’s Wife”

 

“Hide_ secrets of the skin room” leather, glass beads, hide, by Teresa Burrows

 

“Hide_ secrets of the skin room” leather, glass beads, hide, by Teresa Burrows

 

 

“Hope Over Fear” 2012, cotton, canvas, buttons, tule

 

“Hope Over Fear” 2012, cotton, canvas, buttons, tule

 

 

Some nice wine for the Opening Night Art Gallery Reception

 

 

“Liberation”
Melanie Wesley; 2012, reclaimed drapery, reclaimed vintage cross stitched linen, reclaimed vintage quilt pieces, tulle net, cotton embroidery thread, vintage trim/lace, vintage silk fabric, sequins, linen, acrylic paint, cotton thread

 

 

Fabric Art by Melanie Wesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnipeg Art Organist Scott Leroux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of Art Gallery

 

 

 

 

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