Both inspired by stones in their respective mediums, they have come together to create a window gallery of textile and ceramic pieces that are textural and quiet in nature. Kathleen's ceramic surprises the hand with a smooth tactile quality, while Anik's pieces drape with softness. The pairing of their work is for sale and on display at the studio until mid-August.
Online Studio Collection
Once again our online collection was chosen to reflect our current exhibit. Our selection shares the colours and textures that are found in Kathleen and Anik's creations. See the complete selection online and in-store.
Featured in the above photos and on the top mannequin: Cathy Joyce's scarf "structure"
Texture & Silk ...
Is there such a thing? Is silk only smooth, fine and delicate? Can it really be textural and sculptural? It can, but our preconceived notions of how silk looks and feels gets in the way.
Over the years, the studio has been featuring numerous artists working with silk from casings to three dimensional sculpture.
The year 2014 stands out with three exhibits that demonstrated the incredible diversity of what can be created with silk.
"Material + Culture" featured the work of several artists who created numerous pieces inspired by Sanjo yarns and their places of cultural origin.
"The Sound of Nature" exhibit from Noriko Narahira and Kyoko Ueda (images below) also showcased some textural and sculptural work. Both artists taught at Maiwa that year and introduced a gossamer approach to textiles in their workshops with air as an element of design.
Our third exhibit presented the textile work of Rutsuko Sakata who works with silk-felt combinations.
Rutsuko's exhibition "What I Felt" was inspired by nature, and more particularly "the forest with its many kind of trees and flowers".
Short Studio Documentary
A group of students from the Vancouver Film School approached Diana a while back and produced this short documentary: a delightful three-minute video that covers the story of the Silk Weaving Studio and its founder Diana Sanderson.
Silk Weaving Studio documentary created by students from the Vancouver Film School
Did You Know ... that one mature mulberry tree will produce enough foliage for approximately 100 silkworms.