GENERAL FINE CRAFT presents the first in our series of feature exhibitions for 2017:
- SAYWARD JOHNSON woven copper tapestries
- CHANDLER SWAIN ceramic centerpieces
Meet both artists and celebrate their new work!
Sunday March 12 from 1-3pm.
All are welcome! Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Works range in price from $50-2200. The exhibition continues until April 16.
Sayward Johnson is a fibre artist who works with metals in an unconventional way. In the manner of ‘soft’ materials like wool, silk and cotton, she hand-weaves copper or brass wire into intricately patterned tapestries on a standard loom.
They range in size from 18 x 18″ to 20 x 42″ when complete. Sayward then manipulates their shape and submerges them in a patina solution for days at a time. This results in random tones of oxidation from turquoise to deep blue/green. Beautiful hand-embroidery further embellishes the rich, abstract surface – creating a world unto its own and re-inventing a traditional craft along the way.
Sayward also creates woven or knitted sculptures from copper wire. Some manifest as soft folds of fabric and others as palm-sized ‘vessels’ patinated and coated in beeswax. All are marvelous examples of craftsmanship, sensitivity to materials and thinking outside of traditional craft parameters.
Chandler Swain’s multi-disciplinary approach to ceramics has won her a loyal following. Her recent work delves into figurative storytelling via anthropomorphised characters in utopian settings.
Always concerned with the way we can use fine craft in our lives, she has constructed elaborate centerpieces meant to be decorative, functional and narrative. Technically masterful, they are hand-built using porcelaneous stoneware and coloured with stains, oxides, glazes and cold finishes.
Chandler’s table pieces are also central to raising awareness of the human propensity to control nature through the use of poisons. We all recognize that pesticides and other toxins can make their way into the food chain, often with devastating effects. It certainly happens in our own counties and even in our own backyards.
Chandler’s narratives imagine a world of better human/animal/nature co-existence that embodies respect and mindfulness. A real illustrator at heart, she tells her stories with conviction, delightful fantasy and poignancy.