|Sandra Brownlee textile 1a; Photo credit © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
Sandra Brownlee's long woven textile hangs in the window of the David Kaye Gallery for her solo show The Word Made Physical: drawing, writing, weaving, stitching. I'm in awe of how Brownlee transforms humble black and white sewing thread into exquisite artworks. Over the years, her woven imagery has become more meditative.
|Sandra Brownlee textile 1b; Photo credit © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
Here's a link to images of her early work where she poured her energies into each line of weaving. The new work conveys a confidence and calmness, yet is as strong as the early work.
|Sandra Brownlee textiles; Photo credit © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
The above textiles are the inclusions for her Deluxe Edition catalogue, Departures and Returns.
|Sandra Brownlee textile; Photo credit © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
This textile is further evidence of the broadening of Brownlee's textile practice. In August 2011 she took a eco-dye workshop with India Flint. Naturally, Brownlee has taken what she has learned and has made it her own.The above text comes from Ray Bradbury's semi-autobiographical book Dandelion Wine. When I read Wikipedia's analysis and themes of the book, I realized that they summed up much of Brownlee's approach to life: elevating the mundane to a valuable possession (a weed made into wine), the magic and wonders of childhood, and working with one's hands and nature.
|Sandra Brownlee wire text; Photo credit © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
Sandra Brownlee: The Word Made Physical: drawing, writing, weaving, stitchingMay 1 - 25, 2014 at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.