The Intrigue of Fibre, Fabric & Found Objects

Alice Vander Vennen works with multiple found materials – fabric, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards – as part of a visual language suggesting a story.  (Above: The Archer’s Dance, 25″ x 50″; found and new fabrics, hand-carved wood, sinew, copper wire, found objects)

Left: Memory Stick74″ X 15″; hand-woven wool, embroidered cotton, century-old hand-stitched quilt, found, embellished and new fabrics, copper wire, carved wood, stones.  Centre: Hope Rising, 14″ X 50″; found, embellished and new textiles, copper, willow branch, copper wire, stone. Right: Companion 1, 8″ X 50″; embellished, found and new fabrics, reclaimed wood, copper, found objects. (Click images for larger view)

Forest, 20″ X 30″ framed; embellished, found & new fabrics, hand-carved bow, acrylic paint, copper, wire, stone

The story is part women’s history, the meaning of objects in everyday life and the collection and sorting of intriguing things. I work with fabrics gathered from many places and cultures and have them come together to create a new Canadian voice. Artist Statement

Pilgrim, 25″ X 50″ framed; embellished, found & new textiles, copper, African bark cloth, willow branch, copper wire

River Stone, 18″ X 50″ framed; embellished, found and new textiles, copper, stone, willow branch, paper

Script, 20″ X 30″; new, found and embellished fabrics, mica, hand-carved arrow

Alice Vander Vennen is based in Cobourg, Ontario, and is represented by the Oeno Gallery.

Alice Vander Vennen’s website, here.


There are 12 comments

  1. michellecfecit

    ‘memory stick’, ‘hope rising’ & ‘companion 1’
    evoke the same feeling as totem poles!

    i love the innocence about the pieces.

    you mention that they are ‘part of a visual
    language suggesting a story.’ i also feel
    like i’m being taken on a journey.


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