Research travel yarns…

I had the pleasure of visiting the Norfolk Arts Centre this week in preparation for an upcoming exhibition and research project that will take place in the fall of 2016. The current exhibition at the NAC includes an exhibition that celebrates the 30th year of Norfolk’s Own Needle Arts Guild. On display was a wide variety of needle based craftworks.


Upper Gallery exhibition Space at Norfolk Arts Center.

I was fascinated with the many forms of needle work in the exhibition, however I was taken by sculptural qualities of Kim Smit’s Entrelac Pot made of felted wool from the Andes.


Kim Smit, Entrelac Pot. Design, Melanie Smit.

After viewing the exhibition at the NAC, I visited with members of the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild at their studio, located in the Backus Heritage Conservation Area.

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Backus Heritage Conservation Area. Location of the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild studio.

I presented images of my work to the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild and there was much discussion about craft and the fine art world. I learned a lot of weaving techniques on and off loom that will be valuable in my practice. I also learned some historic information about early fibre use in Canada and Norfolk County. I didn’t get a chance to take any photos of the Guild’s studio or looms at Backus (bad Andrew), mainly because of the lively discussions, demonstrations and information sharing.  I’ll be visiting with the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild again in the near future as we will be collaborating for the upcoming exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Center in 2016.

On my way home I was excited and filled with new ideas for the studio. The Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild was kind enough to give me some mill ends, seen below on the GO train, that I’ll use in the next few weeks to produce a new weaving.

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Installation Interventions

Or how to break up the mundane process of application proposals…

As a way of breaking up the boredom of putting together proposals and applications, I found myself considering what my work might look like scaled-up and installed in museums and galleries around the world.

Part of the process of creating proposals or applications for exhibitions is to do a mock-up design. Photoshopping my work into the images of galleries helps me get a feel for how my work could fit into a gallery. These mock-ups also give the selection committee of a gallery a better sense of what I could do for them and the viewer. I’m “usually realistic” choosing a gallery or residency when sending out submissions. But for the images presented as my new ongoing project Installation Interventions, I’m throwing out all the stops.


Interior view of MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Soft Construction: Orange with Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk. The innuendo of the modern and contemporary…

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Inside the newly designed Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  Orange with Jeff KoonsJean-Michel Basquiat and Nam June Paik. Sorry Peter Halley, I like your work but you were edited out to make room for Orange.

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Henry Moore/Andrew MacDonald. Installation at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. It’s Not The End Of The World It Just Seems That Way with Atom Piece (Working Model for “Nuclear Energy”)