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A Tenuous Balance: Sculptural Textiles

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 johnston Street Vancouver BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Mo Kelman

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

“I’ve always had a hard time with two dimensions. If I can’t bend it, tie it, or break it, I don’t know where to start.”

Mo Kelman’s work sits at the juncture of architecture and engineering: in a place where sculpture and textiles meet. Lashing together frameworks with wire and fibre, Mo creates skeletons that she covers with skins of handmade paper, shibori patterned cloth, or mesh.

“I find freedom in working with a small range of materials and techniques. This limitation allows me to contrive a world of forms made by tying knots, lashing corners, stitching and stretching fabric skins. I leave trails of needle holes that tell of rows of sewing. A season of rhythmic work is made tangible.”

Join Mo Kelman as she talks about how her textile work grew out of family tradition mediated by a childhood spent visiting construction sites with her father. Mo will explain the evolution of her sculptural approach and the wealth of influences that have motivated her.

Mo Kelman is a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she has taught textiles, sculpture, and three-dimensional design for 35 years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Mo will also teach a workshop.

Earlier Event: September 6
Woven Symbols, Global Patterns
Later Event: September 8