Print & Textile exhibition explores the value of nostalgia vs. function, Elora Mill is presenting sponsor
Fabric of Memory: Perforations and Passages in Printmaking and Fibre Arts
June 27 –September 15, 2019 | Opening Reception Thursday June 27 from 7 – 9 PM
Themes of tradition and nostalgia intersect in this collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Toronto artist Pam Lobb and Guelph artist Tammy Ratcliff. In Fabric of Memory both artists are using print and textiles to explore narratives of memory that develop through the deconstructing, editing and reconstructing of materials. The women investigate the notion of trading in the functional value of “things” for the more sentimental vale of nostalgia.
Pam Lobb works from a regional perspective, collecting handmade textiles from Huron and Perth counties. She uses both handmade papers and a process of pouring paper pulp to encapsulate the textiles. An effect that references porcelain is created by layering a series of monoprints on the surface. The imagery is drawn from Victorian ceramic patterns and in combination with the patterns of the lace, a non-representational portrait of her hometown emerges.
Tammy is inspired by the botanical world and its many examples of imperfection and impermanence. From this viewpoint she uses traditional textile techniques to manipulate her etchings and monoprints on handmade paper, creating renditions of functional textile pieces. Items whose utilitarian value might be lessened as they become threadbare and fragile through use are thus transformed into artifacts of shared memories and the passage of time.
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the Elora Mill. Their commitment to supporting the arts community is invaluable.