Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Little Green Dress Projekt at Van Dusen Garden

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BC SDA member Dawn Russell sent the following information about an exhibition called The Little Green Dress Projekt by Nicole Dextras - part of the Earth Art exhibition which has been on since September 1st at Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, BC. It's on until September 30, so it's not too late to see this.

Nicole's work was featured in an article and on the cover of the spring 2012 issue of Surface Design. She is a resident of Vancouver.  

Nicole Dextras dress made/named for Dawn Russell
This dress was named and made for me by Nicole Dextras from materials I provided to her (see detail pics below).  It was installed on Tuesday, August 28 in the Perennial Garden.   It's made from skeletonized and fresh magnolia leaves, ferns, Chinese chestnuts, black mondo grass.  This is just one of the 21 dresses Nicole made as part of her Little Green Dress Projekt  See her blog for photos and details of each of the dresses and the project's sustainability message. 

Earth Art Photos on VanDusen's Facebook page 

Sep 1 - 30, 2012  VanDusen Botanical Garden, 
5251 Oak St (at 37th), Vancouver 

Earth Art. An exhibition by five internationally-renowned artists: Nils-Udo, Urs P. Twellmann, Chris Booth, Nicole Dextras and Michael Dennis, of large installation earth art sculptures throughout the garden.
View the news release     


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Exhibitions in BC - Love Decay Repair, and Progressions

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LOVE DECAY REPAIR - Works by Michelle Sirois-Silver
Curated by Barbara Duncan
Maple Ridge Art Gallery (at The ACT Theatre & Theatre) 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C.
September 8 to October 13, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8 from 2pm – 4pm. An afternoon of art & conversation, refreshments and live jazz. RSVP to Barbara Duncan
Gallery Open Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm and select evenings
Michelle's website
Artist Presentations:
Saturday, September 15 from 2pm - 4pm Demo and talk on the rug hooking technique used for work in the exhibition Love Decay Repair.
Saturday, September 29 from 2pm – 3pm Slide presentation and talk about the creative process behind the artist’s latest body of work. Join us for other activities at The ACT on September 29 as we celebrate Canada Culture Day and The ACT’s 10th Anniversary!

The title of the exhibition, Love Decay Repair, draws on inspiration from the botanical world, specifically the hosta plant in its various stages of decomposition. Unlike the plant, however, these works on fibre hold possibilities of repair through layering, stitching and other methods of reinforcement. The resulting works express the vulnerability of nature, the complexity of its systems of self-repair and the beauty to behold in every stage of its life cycle.

Michelle Sirois-Silver is a Vancouver-based fibre artist who designs and hand hooks rugs for the floor and wall. Her most recent work, includes work that is a departure for her - assemblages that explore ways to combine screen printed surfaces with hand and machine stitching.
Sirois-Silver was awarded a development grant from the Surface Design Association for "Love, Decay, and Repair". She teaches workshops, writes, and exhibits her work internationally.

at the Ferry Building in West Vancouver, BC, including work by BC SDA members 
Eleanor Hannan, Anni Hunt, Celia Pickles and Kaija Rautiainen

I only have images for Celia and Anni at the moment - will add more as they arrive.

Work by Celia Pickles (printing & hand-stitching)

Work by Anni Hunt (2 images above)