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TEXTILES – Traditional Craft/Contemporary Art

January 20 @ 8:00 AM - February 19 @ 5:00 PM

Richmond, VA – artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring mixed media fiber by Kristin Polich, works in mixed media by Joyce Jewell, traditional craft/contemporary art by Hillary Steel, drawings by Julie Stein, and a group show featuring a variety of media. An Opening Reception for the Artists will take place on Fourth Friday, January 27, 2017, from 7:00-10:00 pm and will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing artist talk will take place Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.

On view in the Helena Davis Gallery will be TEXTILES, traditional craft/contemporary art by Hillary Steel. “Cloth touches us, surrounds us, and silently bears witness to our lives,” says Steel. “I am an artist who is trained as a weaver and dyer. I turn hand-dyed threads into cloth, over-dye the woven pieces, and cut and arrange components of my textiles, allowing the content to assert itself and take dimensional form. The abstract narratives created through this fabrication and repeated manipulation of the cloth provokes thought and conversation about our inherent human abilities and common experiences.” Steel uses the technique of ikat (kasuri/ jaspe/ abrband), which is a process of resist tying warp and weft threads to achieve a pattern (either random or predetermined) as the cloth is woven. “Material used for resist might be anything that, when wound tightly around the yarn and then submerged into dye, does not allow the color to penetrate bound areas,” she says. “The process belongs to the larger family of resist dyed cloth; i.e., batik, shibori (tie dye), and stencil resist.” Ikat is unique in this group, however. The planning, design and binding are carried out on the threads before the cloth is woven rather than on a pre-existing piece of cloth.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4pm. Please contact the gallery administrator at artspaceorg@gmail.com, or phone the gallery at 804-232-6464 for additional information. The gallery is located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224, and online at www.artspacegallery.org.