If you immediately think of a tacky flea market when you hear the phrase “craft sale”, you are going to be challenged to change that association this coming weekend in Calgary. The New Craft Coalition is hosting a spring sale of “carefully curated collection of art, craft and design” at Festival Hall in Inglewood and I have been lost for days in the Instagram feeds of the participating artists.
Let me introduce you to a couple of them and you will see what I mean.
Lisa Brawn – Woodcuts
I have never seen anything as current and as vibrant as Lisa Brawn’s woodcuts. Her woodcuts of the portrait genre are striking and cheeky and her wild birds are beautiful and a careful balance of trendy and timeless. Brawn says this about her work:
I have been experimenting with primarily figurative, portrait genre painted woodcut blocks for over twenty years, and for the past five years have been particularly interested in wildlife and especially wild birds. I work almost exclusively with salvaged wood, such as reclaimed Douglas Fir beams from the restoration of the century-old Alberta Block in downtown Calgary. The wood is interesting not only in its history, but also in that it is very rustic, with knots, nail holes, and gouges. I don’t make prints from the woodcuts, but prefer the tactile appeal of the blocks themselves.
The woodcuts can be seen at AXIS Contemporary Art, Calgary; Elevation Gallery, Canmore; Yard Dog, Austin; The Shop, NOLA; Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, and online at www.lisabrawn.com
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LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER – Textile Art
My Mema was a quilter. I remember her carefully stacked and sorted shapes of fabric in her craft room and her tiny stitches on a completed work. I didn’t always love her choice of colours and pattern but I still loved her finished product because it was made with her hands and that made it beautiful. As I scrolled through the images of Leave It To Cleavers quilts, my whole perception of quilting shifted. Some are modern, some are traditional with a modern twist…all are beautiful! This is what the artist has to say:
With a background in mathematical economics and library science, I’ve always been drawn to the geometry and order of quilts. My quilting began as a way to celebrate friends’ newborns, but eventually became a form of expression and experiment for me. I loved the challenges involved in combining the structure of quilting with the creativity of bringing together different fabrics.
Since the start I’ve wanted to make something that will last past babyhood; items that could become future heirlooms. I play with bolder colours and patterns in hopes that these quilts and items will continue to appeal to a child as they grow up. These style choices led me to the Modern Quilting movement, which has introduced me to a large community of quilters that has helped improve my skills and increase my daring to try new things.
Through the many hours that I spend quilting, there’s a lot of love put into each hand-finished item that I make. While it can be hard to part with each piece, there’s nothing better than to see what I’ve made in use. I get a thrill when I see one of my bibs covered in spaghetti sauce, or my quilt being used for tummy time. Everything I sew is made to be well used and loved.
You can see more of Leave It To Cleaver’s work on Instagram: @cleaverr
Check out more of the featured artists at New Craft Coalition and, for a mere $2 entry fee, go to the Spring Sale in Inglewood on May 23rd or 24th!