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Doily Webs; Jessica Vellenga and
Nicole Bauberger
It’s early on a summer morning. You are walking down a path, perhaps to the
outhouse. Shiver – you break through a spider’s web. You wonder where the
spider is. You feel a bit sad that you broke the thing they were making all night.
Perhaps some of the dew moistens your cheek.
We a
re the spiders. The webs we make and invite others to make will connect
not only trees but the present and the past, as we inhabit the short night that’s
normally devoted to dreaming. Using a simple chain stitch and cotton yarn, we
will crochet webs between trees, building out from doilies and lace tablecloths at
their centres. These doilies link present and past, honouring the unvalued art of
women who came before us.
Jessica considers working with the gifted and found textiles and doilies as a
collaboration with the original creators, a way of continuing the creative process
and keeping the work alive by transforming it into a work of art.
Nicole has been undertaking a research project this winter on the topic of
traditional sewing. This has inspired her to look at the art/craft forms practiced
by her own grandmother and great grandmother.
At the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City
At Nuit Blanche,
Whitehorse, June 2015
In Tombstones Territorial Park:
Doily Webs have appeared at Whitehorse Nuit Blanche, The Yukon Riverside
Arts Festival, an artist residency in the Tombstones Territorial Park, the
Nocturne January night art festival hosted by L'Association Franco-Yukonnaise
in Whitehorse, ephemerally on Mount Royal, and in a large group show galled
Geopoetics in Pointe Claire, Quebec. The Geopoetics show continues until
October 15, 2017. You can see images of some of the installations below:
In Pointe Claire: