I was taking a stroll down in the Junction, a beautiful neighborhood in Toronto, when I came across a store window installation that glowed with a florescent green light, and which made my jaw drop! Hanging from the ceiling were hundreds of beautiful and delicately sewn snowflake like medallions.
This is the artwork of Toronto-based Amanda McCavour, who produces fiber-based installations and intricate thread drawings by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. I'm amazed by the dedication and patience that Amanda must have to create each piece, let alone hundreds of them! Inside the shop, there was a gallery space bursting with orange glow (The installation is aptly named!)
Artists' Statement: "Using a spirograph drawings, scribbles, paper snowflakes and diagrams as inspiration, the projects in this show are colorful accumulations of thread. These pieces are intricate three dimensional scribbles, accumulation of lines and repetitive actions.Neon green and yellow draws your attention, it highlights things. These colours are sometimes the colour of post-its or toxic waste. Neon orange is often used to caution or warn. On road signs it means construction work is ahead. The bright green, yellow and orange threads used to create these installations are barely visible when viewing just one thread but through the build up of line, they create neon atmospheres"
Amanda had produced an outstanding body of work, and the process that she must undertake to create each piece blows my mind. To see more, check out her website.
The next time I curse my sewing machine, I will think of Amanda, my new zen-sewist role model. If you live in Toronto and would like to see Amanda's current installation, it will be up until January 20th at Articulations in the Junction.