Wednesday, February 3, 2016

the Liminal Project: Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 28 - March 20, 2016

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Greenwich Peninsula, PEI
2016;  16" x  34";  handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton.
 
 North Shore Tributary #1 
2014-15; 20" x 16.5"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton.


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


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

North Shore Tributaries #4
2014-15; 20" x 16.5"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton.

Installation of North Shore Tributaries # 1, 2, 3, 4
 Faulty Geology2015; 16" x 16"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton.
 Erosion, NB
2012-15; 22" x 40"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton. 
 West Point, PEI, 1959-2000
2011, 80" x 24.5", handwoven and embroidered, cotton.
 Bottle Cove, NL
2010-12; 37" x 28"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton. 
 Heights and Depths
2014-15; 16" x 28"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton.  
This Town is Small and Close to the Water
2011-12; 28.5" x 38.5"; handwoven, embroidered, hand-dyed; handspun wool, cotton, silk.  
 When the Tide Goes Out 
2010-15; 29" x 30"; handwoven, embroidered; handspun wool, cotton. 
Sable Island
2011-14; 53" 23"; handwoven, embroidered; cotton.  
 Archipelago
2011-ongoing; various dimensions (9 individual islands); crocheted; handspun wool.
While I was in Halifax last week installing my exhibition and getting ready for the opening, I was interviewed by two King's College journalism students.  Sophie Allen-Barron created a radio piece about the Liminal Project for CKDU and you can listen to it here:

And you can read Rachael Kelly's online piece here:
If you have any questions about the exhibition or individual pieces, please contact me at rilla13@yahoo.com.
 All images copyright Rilla Marshall 2016.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

upcoming exhibition: the Liminal Project


In two weeks time, my solo exhibition the Liminal Project, will open at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax NS.  This is a body of textile work I have been working on since 2010. I exhibited the works last winter in a smaller incarnation at the Annex Gallery at the Craft Council Gallery at Devon House in St. John's NL, but this exhibition will be in a larger gallery space and I have (somehoe) managed to create a couple more pieces in the past month. I am now busy putting the finishing touches on two last pieces and making sure all my ducks are in a row for installation the week of Jan. 25.

The Liminal Project explores the transitional space where land meets sea.  Aerial images, mapping techniques and geographical data are translated through the process of hand-weaving, embroidery and crochet. This collection of textile work interprets the changing shorelines of Canada's east coast, specifically the vulnerable shorelines of Prince Edward Island which are transformed annually by erosion, human activity, and potential sea level rise.  Striving to translate technical data about the landscape that surrounds us into tangible textiles, the Liminal Project attempts to bring the lay of the land back to human scale and give us insight into our own cultural narrative of memory, change and the geography of "home".

The opening reception will take place on Thursday Jan. 28th at 6pm and the exhibition will be up until March 20, 2016. I hope to post a few more photos of the works that are part of the exhibition in the next week or two....stay tuned!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

filling the shop

It always takes me so so long to get around to listing new items in my Etsy shop.  It takes time to photograph, edit, and list each item, and often I would rather be working at my loom.  But now that craft fair season is finished, and I've had a chance to catch my breath, I took some time today to list a bunch of my handwoven scarves in my Etsy shop.  In the coming week, I hope to photograph more items, such as pouches, tea towels and cloth napkins and fill my virtual shelves. and keep the shop stocked for the New Year!  To visit my Etsy shop, go to www.etsy.com/shop/marshallarts79



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair


This past weekend I sold my handwoven wares at the 51st annual PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair at the COnfederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.  It had been two years since I participated in this craft fair, and it was nice to be back.  It was pretty wonderful to do a show in my own hometown, see lots of friendly faces and sleep in my own bed after the long days at the fair.  A big thank you to everyone who came and said hello and to those who made a special purchase of a Marshall Arts fine handwoven textile.

I was also able to make some great connections with local retail shops over the weekend, and and I am happy to announce that Stacey Leunes of Garnish Jewellery Studio and Boutique is now carrying my handwoven zippered pouches (pictured above).  Located at 89 Water Street, in Charlottetown, PEI, Stacey makes beautiful jewellery and carries the work of other Maritime artisans.  My zippered pouches are perfect for carrying your precious things, be they jewellery, cosmetics, medications, technology....just about anything that fits inside!  You can visit the Garnish website at www.garnish-jewellery.com

At the PEICC Craft Fair, I had a selection of my handwoven and felted River Scarves.  Woven of raw silk, cotton and merino wool, these scarves are very warm, soft and cozy, yet lightweight and breathable.  I have recently started ikat-dyeing the center band of raw silk to created static-like patterns and colour changes.  All three River Scarves pictured here sold this past weekend.


In the past few years, I have become more and more interested in designing and weaving housewares such as tea towels, napkins, and sometimes placemats.  For this season, I have put cloth table napkins (above) into production and am selling them in sets of four.  I'm excited to get back to weaving and try out different colour combinations.

 Selection of Swedish Lace Scarves.

Handwoven 100% cotton tea towels in thick 4/8 cotton.  The more they are used and washed, the softer and more absorbent they get - meant to be used!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

autumn times

It has been a long long time since I wrote a blog post.  It has been a busy 6 months full of work (dream job as supervisor of Greenwich in the PEI National Park), gardening, house renovations, vacation to Newfoundland and weaving.

I finished my working season with Parks Canada about three weeks ago.  Five days later, my partner and I flew to the west coast of Newfoundland for a much needed week-long vacation.  We used to live in Corner Brook and this was our first trip back since we left in 2009.  We made our way up to Gros Morne National Park where I participated in a one day lichen dyeing workshop as part of the Fibre Arts NL Conference.  We went for walks, basked in the majesty of the landscape, and relaxed.

I am now in the midst of fall craft fair season.  I just finished my first fair of the fall last weekend - the Heart and Pocket Revue in Sackville, NB.  I am now also selling my work at a little shop in Sackville called Earth Gallery.  Over the next couple of weeks I am trying to get as much woven as possible for the two upcoming fairs I'm doing this year.  I will be selling my handwoven wares at the PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown from Nov. 13 - 15, and Halifax Crafters at the Olympic Centre in Halifax. NS from Dec. 4 -6.  This year I am ramping up my production of housewares such as tea towels and cloth napkins, while still doing the fine ikat-dyed scarves I've been making for years.

 Cotton and linen tea towels.

 River scarves, fresh off the loom, ready to be felted.

 The stunning entrance of Bottle Cove, NL.

 Sunset in the Bay of Island, NL.

Lobster Cove in Gros Morne National Park, NL.

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.