Contemporary Craft

Bonds

Bonds, 2022Handspun wool, linen, paper, mixed media

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Encroaching Columella

Sometimes it all just takes a really really really long time. And it’s worth it, but it might not seem like it’s worth it while you’re doing it. At times,…

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Facia Knots

Facia KnotsCotton and Silk Organza (dyed with onion skins) printed with rose petal pigment made by Francesca Carella Arfinengo

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Yarn Organs

Part of my creative practice uses objects that other people hold on to that make them sad or unhappy-and create work based on their experiences. The objects I’m working with…

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Paper Knitting, Wire Skull

I feel like I’m starting to defrost after so much time with myself during quarantine. It started out with me bursting with tense energy. I had just come down from…

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Maps of Transition

Are our personalities just a collection of our routines? Are our personalities ingrained? Do we perform them? We could find little bits and pieces in other people and sew them…

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Growing Forms, Free Standing

Growing Forms Fuzzy and Prickly, Smooth and rough, soft and hard, air and earth. Cacti and plants living in pots with decorative yarn outsides, soft and prickly, smooth and fuzzy.…

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Growing Forms: Hanging

Growing Forms Fuzzy and Prickly, Smooth and rough, soft and hard, air and earth. Cacti living in textile and soil pods, watered through the permeable layer of crochet wool containing…

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It Washes Through

We have routines and rhythms to our lives that are affected by our upbringing, our jobs, our partners and friends, our health. These rhythms can help us to grow and…

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Calm

I’m sorry I didn’t check in enough when it happened. I was still learning to support people. How do you record the weight a person has on a life, and…

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Words Cut to Slivers, Soften.

It all began with a journal. Or two journals, to be more exact. It all starts with minimalism. I love the idea of minimalism and letting go of the things…

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It Washes Over

It Washes Over explores experiences through the objects we hold onto, and how the experiences they represent change us. Using donated items of significance that carry memories, grief, and trauma, I…

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Dedicated to

I have had this book for my Heartbreak Objects series for a long time. It was the first donated object I had received, and it was a heavy one. In…

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The Process of Closure

​I work with objects that break people’s hearts but that they’ve held onto because of sentimental value. I take them apart and transforming them into something new that represents their…

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Heartbreak Object: Wedding Bands

We like to pretend we can have a person forever. We are fallible creatures who grow and change, and eventually cease to exist. I was given these wedding bands as…

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Roughness, Softness

Do you ever have an overwhelming desire to run your hands over uneven surfaces to experience what it feels like? There is something about roughness- we are accustomed to the…

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Sad Journals, New Form

I’ve been working on a new use for my (sad) journals. They feel too special to throw out but I don’t want them sitting on my shelf. I found a…

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Social Climates

What a busy winter I’ve had making work. There is a stressful social climate happening right now, with elections (Canadian Federal Election this fall and the US Presidential Race happening…

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Photodegrade

  Photodegrade Hand Spun Wool, linen, plastic bags dyed in indigo 18″ x33″ 2015 As the plastic bags in this piece photo degrade, it reveals the structure underneath.    

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Movement Series

Movement 1, Wool and Linen. 2014 Movement 2, Wool and Linen. 2014 Movement 3, Wool and Linen. 2014 Body Movement: Three sets of puppets that are animated when the wearer…

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Bigger Puppet

    Fabric Puppet Linen and Hand Spun Wool Yarn Made with tablet weaving Photos by Becky Gartner

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A Puppet

    Fabric Puppet Linen and Cotton Made with Tablet Weaving Photos by Becky Gartner

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