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.

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“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.

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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

"Ceremony" 2010, free-motion embroidery on gampi tissue with smocking

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.

Below is a short video of an interview with Noelle Hamlyn and Lizz Aston by Angela Hickman for an article in the National Post.  This took place during the Household Notions exhibition at the gallery.

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