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Following the Thread: Swedish Hand-weaving Traditions and Contemporary Textiles

December 10, 2012

P.E.I. weaver Rilla Marshall to give Art Talk in Confederation Centre's Sobey Gallery (Charlottetown) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery's ongoing Art Talk series presents weaver Rilla Marshall on Sunday December 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Sobey Gallery. Marshall's talk is entitled ‘Following the Thread: Swedish Hand-weaving Traditions and Contemporary Textiles'.
The Charlottetown artist and craftsperson was the recipient of the 2012 W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship, and had the incredible opportunity to go anywhere in Europe to research an area of interest related to her practice.

"For five weeks in September and October, I was lucky enough to visit Sweden to research hand-weaving and textiles," recalls Marshall. "As a hand-weaver and textile artist, I proposed to visit museums, galleries, studios, and schools in order to learn about Sweden's hand-weaving traditions and the influence of these traditions on contemporary art, craft and design."

One of the goals of Marshall's research was to learn how and why hand-weaving continues as a strong art form in Swedish culture. "Sweden has always held an allure to me as an artist," she says. "As a country they are well known for high quality design, and fluidity between the roles of artist, designer and craftsperson. During my travels I had the opportunity to see many incredible textiles, from historic hand-woven rya blankets, to art carpets from the Marta Mass-Fjetterstron weaving workshop, to contemporary tapestries. Everywhere in Sweden, one can see the influence of hand-weaving on material culture: in the design of mass-produced goods and textiles, patterning on ceramics, and even in city murals."

Marshall's Art Talk will be presented, free of charge on Sunday December 16. For more information please visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery.

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Photo cutline: The Confederation Centre Art Gallery's ongoing Art Talk series presents weaver Rilla Marshall on Sunday December 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Sobey Gallery speaking on Swedish Hand-weaving Traditions and Contemporary Textiles' like the piece pictured here.