The last two weekends I have been immersed in thread: the workshops with Anna Torma and Amanda McCavour. Both completely different artists but both use tons of thread in their textile work. Anna works entirely with hand stitching on silk. Amanda utilizes her sewing machine to create her fabric – life size dimensional illustrations .
‘Home Away from Home’ is the current exhibition at the Mary Black Gallery, Nov. 14 to Dec 21, 2014 in Halifax NS showcasing Amanda’s recent work. Once again – inspiration overload! The workshop was held at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design in an airy high ceilinged meeting room – perfect space for a workshop.
It is such a privilege to spend a day with a professional textile artist. And with other amazing artists, including Penny Burton. Lots of technique tips and oohs and ahhs. I’ll post my piece when I finish – loads of stitching left to do.
We crossed the road to the Mary Black Gallery with Amanda at the end of the workshop to visit her show. Stunning work! Her uncanny detail full of surprises in The Living Room(s) – these are entirely thread stitched works suspended by threads. They appear three dimensional but are two dimensional drawings that cast wonderful shadows on the floors and walls – the 3-D affect from the shading with her stitches.