The New Textiles


On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Gallery will be hosting a group invitational for its exhibit The New Textiles: Transformed. Works included in the exhibit showcase a variety of unique techniques and unusual materials that resemble textiles and explore the definition of what is a textile.  The New Textiles celebrates the sculptural forms of baskets, the graphic imagery of tapestries and all surfaces that are embellished, both narrative and abstract.

Among the artist’s works on display include Nebulosa, Seattle’s Polly Adams Sutton’s free-form sculptural baskets woven from western redcedar (Thuja plicata) bark—the foundation of her sculptural work. With the permission from logging operations, Sutton harvests the bark during springtime. She notes in her statement, “When the cedar is damp it bends like leather, so it is a matter of controlling the tension where I see the potential for a good curve.  It is important to constantly assess the overall shape, so there is balance in the asymmetry. The weaving, for me, is about the evolution of a shape that is not preconceived.”

Fiber and sculptural basketry, mixed-media sculptor and installation artist Lanny Bergner creates biomorphic and geometric constructions and installations out of metal mesh.  For Nature Grid, Bergner used Stainless steel mesh, vinyl, silicone, wire, steel bars. He writes of his work, “By using hands-on processes of coiling, fraying, twisting, wrapping, gluing and knotting, I transform industrial screening, wire, silicone and monofilament into organic constructions. My desire is to create works that appear to have grown into being. I love the natural world and am constantly inspired by its beauty and infinite varieties of form. This, in combination with my fears, quirks, and joys, results in works that celebrate the wonder of it all.”

British-born and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia Lesley Richmond’s luscious textiles are inspired by the architectural elegance of trees. Considered important symbols in many cultures, trees have been written in myths and legends and seen as a revered image. Richmond photographs trees, focusing on the detail of the branching structures. She prints the images on cloth, using a medium that creates a dimensional surface. Eliminating the background areas and leaving the structural images of trees are the dominant features of her textile art. The images are painted with metal patinas and pigments. In her Leaf Cloth series, Richmond constructs textiles that explore the delicate cellular shapes and perforations of leaf veins.

Mixed-media artist Lisa Kokin’s work reflects her love of textiles and books that was passed down by her parents who were upholsterers. She uses various sewing and book are techniques and recycled materials she finds at flea markets and thrift stores.  For Primary, Kokin's most recent body of work, thread becomes the primary material, exploring irony and memory. The Thread series was inspired by Kokin's mother who passed away in December 2011, five months short of her 100th birthday. She wrote on her website,"The source material for the series are words, both written and spoken, from my mother’s last years and some from her last days." Fragments of books are another medium Kokin uses extensively. In Quercus Alba, thread, the pages from "How to Know the Birds" and wire form filigreed autumn leaves. For Sweep, paperback book covers, thread, mull, and wire form a wall of ivy. Many of the books she finds are in pristine condition. "The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less." 

New Textiles: Transformed runs through November 7th. For more information about the exhibit, please visit



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