Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Liminal Project

From March 17 - 23, I was in St. John's Newfoundland for the installation and opening of my solo exhibition The Liminal Project.  This exhibition will be up until April 25th, at Devon House (Craft Council of NL), at 59 Duckworth Street, St. John's, in the Annex Gallery.

The opening was a great success, both for my exhibition and the larger group exhibition Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder (all fibre art as well) - both galleries were packed with people!  Wonderful to have such wonderful support and encouragement from the Craft Council of NL, including fabulous gallery coordinator, Sharon Lariche.

While in St. John's I took the time to document my work with our good camera (ie - not my iPhone).  Below is a record of almost all my pieces which comprise The Liminal Project. (*all images copyright Rilla Marshall, 2015)

 Sable Island, 2011-13. 53" x 23.25".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Cotton.

 Erosion, NB, 2012 - 2015.  22" x 40".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Wool, cotton.

 West Point, PEI, 1958-2000, 2011.  80" x 24.5".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Cotton.

 North Shore Tributaries #1. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

  North Shore Tributaries #2. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

  North Shore Tributaries #3. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

 Faulty Geology. 2015; 16" x 16"; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton

 Bottle Cove, NL. 2010-12; 37" x 28"; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

 North Shore Tributaries #4. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.
This Town is Small and Close to the Water. 2011-12; 28.5" x 38.5"; handwoven, embroidered, hand-dyed; wool, cotton, silk.

Archipelago. 2011-ongoing; various dimensions; handspun, hand-dyed, crocheted; wool.

 Installation shot: Bottle Cove and When the Tide Goes Out

AND, from the group exhibition, Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, my piece Heights and Depths installed in the gallery with works by other artists.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

gettin' ready

On Tuesday March 17th, I fly to St. John's to install my exhibition, the Liminal Project, at the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council Gallery.  The opening will take place from 2-4pm on Saturday March 21st, alongside the opening for Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, a group exhibition of fibre art inspired by Gros Morne for which I also created a piece called Heights and Depths.

So, aside from battling a bad cold for the last five days, I am in the throes of getting all my work ready for installation.  This means a lot of hand-stitching velcro onto the backs of my wall-hanging so that they can be suspended, floating on the walls of the gallery.

If you are in St. John's and can make it to the opening reception, I would love to see you.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

looming the Liminal

In March, I have a solo exhibition at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's Annexe Gallery in St. John's.  This exhibition will be an edited selection of my body of work called "the Liminal Project" that I have been developing since 2010.  Exploring changes to the shorelines of Atlantic Canada, particularly the vulnerable coasts of PEI, the Liminal Project uses hand-weaving and mapping to make tangible the slow changes to our shores brought about by erosion, sea level rise and development.  The Liminal Project will also be exhibited in a larger form next year in January 2016 at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, NS.

While this exhibition is up in St. John's in March, alongside will be a group fibre exhibition entitled "Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder", with a focus on Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of NL.  I am also making a piece called "Depths and Heights" for this exhibition (which will complement my own solo show nicely) which depicts Western Brook Pond, a huge fjord within Gros Morne.  I finished weaving the piece last week, (using overshot inlay and my own handspun wool), and am now in the process of embroidering the piece to emphasize the geological forces that created such a dramatic, wondrous place.

 "Depths and Heights" on the loom.  Cotton warp, wool tabby weft; handspun wool pattern weft in three different treadling patterns for water, land, and reflection; adapted treadling for overshot inlay.

 Off the loom, with embroidery contouring cliffs and emphasizing depth of Western Brook Pond.

Colour palette of handspun wools used for inlay.

january update

I've been meaning to post these photos for over a month now.  At the beginning of December, I went to Halifax for the Halifax Crafters Christmas Market.  Super busy, so well-organized (as always) - this was probably the single best Crafters' show I've ever done.
 As usual, my table was full of colour colour colour!

 Sold lots of these little zippered pouches....

 ...and scarves...

 And sold out of my cotton tea towels.... well as my most luxurious scarf, the River scarf.

Now onto a custom order set of 8 cotton napkins in blues, greens and yellows.  Hopefully I will get cloth napkin sets into production over the winter and have them for next summer's consignment season and next fall's craft fair season.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Heart & Pocket

Just finished full-time work for the season yesterday, and I am headed to Sackville, NB this afternoon.  I will be participating in the Heart & Pocket Revue, a part of A Handmade Assembly, an annual conference about craft in contemporary art practice.  I'll be selling my wares alongside a selection of other crafters from across the region.  The market will take place at the Legion in Sackville, from 9am - 5pm, Saturday October 25th.

This will be my third time as a vendor at the Heart & Pocket, and both other times have been wonderful.  Sackville is a supportive little town!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

kindred spirit

So, I set myself a big challenge of posting on my blog everyday this summer.  That obviously is not happening!  The summer gets busy and the days roll along....but here I am, remembering to post today.

Last week I received an email from a "fellow weaver and admirer" Robin Johnston.  A textile artist and handweaver living in Asheville, North Carolina (a handweaving hub), she reached out to me because she is doing a presentation about mapping in contemporary textile art and wanted to include my work in her talk.  So I gathered up some high resolution images this morning and emailed them off to her.  What is amazing to me are the similarities in the themes and methods we are both exploring in our weaving/art practices:  handweaving and dyeing as a translation tool for data, charting and measuring time, and using weaving as a slow tool for re-claiming space and time.  Her use of ikat and natural dyeing is beautiful to me and is pointing in the same direction I have been striving for in my own work.  You can see more of Robin's work on her website at:

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Strawberry moon of June, rising above our tree line as seen from our back deck.  Bright and full....

Found at Value Village: large handwoven cotton blanket, rep weave in some kind of diamond or star pattern.

Queen size with a border on all four sides. Warp is fine 2/8 cotton, weft is alternating 2/8 cotton and narrow rag strips of jersey.  The hand of the cloth is heavy and cool - great for summer nights.