2017 Apr 20 – Guild Meeting (daytime)

April 12, 2017

The next DAYTIME meeting of the Guild is:

Th Apr 20 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm

West Point Grey Community Centre

4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver  BC

guest speaker:  Anna Heywood Jones, on ” Tinctorial Cartographies

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10:45 am – Executive Meeting

11:30 am – Library opens

12:30 pm – The general meeting begins with the Guest Speaker, followed by a stretch break, Show & Tell, and the business meeting.

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Anna Heywood Jones (click to link) is an artist from Ontario and British Columbia, currently residing in Vancouver. She holds a diploma in Fibre Arts from Kootenay School of the Arts (2008), a BFA degree from Emily Carr University (2013) and a MFA degree from NSCAD University (2016). Her practice is focused on building regional lexicons of colour and exploring the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres.

This presentation will revolve around Anna’s MFA thesis project (completed at NSCAD University) which emerged from the desire to undertake a focused study of Nova Scotian natural dye plants in the interest of taking a step towards developing a Canadian vocabulary of colour. The project houses one hundred and fifty handwoven swatches (each comprised of five fibres and three mordanting variables) which were dyed with a selection of indigenous, naturalized and invasive plants harvested over a twelve-month period from across Nova Scotia. The project is in one sense an exploration of the terroir of colour, of that which was extracted directly from the local landscape, and yet it also strives to act as a point of entry in considering the contextual meanings held within the plant life growing in the province and, by extrapolation, within Canada. What this project came to reveal is that the landscape itself is a repository of knowledge and that the presence and absence of various plant species offers insight into the ecological and social complexities of a place. Plants and textiles, the world over, tell complicated stories of colonization, migration, industrialization and the changing nature of local cultures and ecologies.

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