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Vertin Gallery announces its June show, 'The Language of Fiber'

June 2, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Showcasing the talents of three artists in a combined show, the Vertin Gallery announced its June show "The Language of Fiber."

Featuring the work of Wynne Mattila, Cameron Taylor-Brown and Susan Moran, the show features fiber art and coincides with "Northern Wefts," the 2011 Midwest Weavers Conference, taking place in Hancock June 19 to 26.

"The Language of Fiber" will be on display at the Vertin Gallery from June 3 through June 29, with an reception from 7 to 9 p.m. June 22.

"The Midwest Weavers Conference is a big deal (in) that it's being held in Hancock this year," said Ansley Knoch, fiber artist and curator for the show. "There will be tons of events."

Mattila, based in Minneapolis, is a self-taught rug designer and weaver, creating contemporary expressions of weave structures used in traditional Finnish and Scandinavian textiles, Knoch said.

"She uses traditional styles with a contemporary point of view," she said.

Taylor-Brown is a Los Angeles-based fiber artist who "embraces and celebrates the ancient heritage and language of woven cloth" through her weaving, said Knoch. Taylor-Brown has been involved in textiles and education on both coasts in many different arenas.

"Two of these weavers are on either side of the spectrum," she said.

Moran, of downstate Ann Arbor, works with "traditional surface design techniques, adapting them to express contemporary images of the human experience of the natural world, while acknowledging the historical significance as well as the functions that textiles have served," Knoch said.

"All three use color beautifully," she said. "I called this 'The Language of Fiber' for a reason. These women are so well-versed in the language of speaking through fiber."

 
 

 

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