Please find below selected images from Noelle Hamlyn’s recent exhibition “Homespun Web” Jan 28 – Mar 11, 2012 at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre with artists Heather Goodchild and Tazeen Qayyum. Curated by Cole Swanson.
“Her suspended garments emit a spectral vacancy; their embroidered skins are sumptuous and lush. In contrast, areas of singed fibres imply a sense of urgency and violence. Consequently, Hamlyn’s work elicits divergent responses to reflect the complexity of human relationships and the struggle to identify oneself in a domestic space.” ~ Curator Cole Swanson from the exhibition catalogue.
The exhibition included an oversize HBC blanket “Sanctuary” 2009 – hand spun and woven wool with hand-died gampi tissue narrative embedded within it. One doesn’t notice the narrative right away – it only appears with close examination.
“The artist uses the two-century old icon to connect product manufacturing with the Canadian identity. An interesting dissimilarity is that Hamlyn’s piece is homespun while the company-produced blankets are manufactured in factories around the world. Her installation highlights the irony of the blanket’s position as a national symbol.” ~ Curator Cole Swanson
Also included are a few shots from Noelle’s studio — previews of new works sitting on her desk. I was treated to a demonstration of smocking (used in “Ceremony” – image on right) on her Read Pleaters machine – as well as a quick demo of her spinning wheel-in-a-box. I also snapped two shots of another version of an HBC free-motion embroidery piece that was on the wall.
It is always such a treat to visit an artist’s studio! Inspiring.