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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 will be the spiders. The webs we will 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