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Shifting Ground: Woven Works by Suzanne Swannie

October 23, 2004 - December 12, 2004


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Year 2004 Theme Design, Nova Scotian Artists, Textiles

For several years the Haligonian textile artist Suzanne Swannie has been weaving functional floor coverings for private and public environments. Her training in Danish design and weaving techniques informs the modular design of her reduced tapestry carpets. Shifting Ground includes two brilliantly coloured new carpets plus paper and fibre preparatory studies. Concerning her process, Swannie comments that, “To obtain a ‘live’ surface in these works I hand dye all weft yarns. Also, while observing restraints imposed by technique and utilitarian requirements, I like to set myself limitations in the design elements. Triangular forms are dominant, and serve the idea of geological ‘shifts’ which are perhaps open to a wider interpretation.”

OPENING On Sunday, October 31 at 3:00pm, craft historian Sandra Alfoldy will speak briefly about the exhibition; the artist will be present. Board the chartered bus that leaves 5163 Duke Street at 2:30pm. The bus will return passengers to downtown at 4:30pm.