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 are 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.

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.