A series of knit objects is now posted on my website. Today’s overcast grey sky was a perfect lightbox for photographing this new work.
Each piece in this series was composed using a simple algorithm. 140805 (above) was knit interleaving two random integer sequences, one for the branching pattern and another for placement of bulges in each branch.
140710 was cast on in 1999, abandoned and then finished last July. It was the first piece in this series and uses perhaps the simplest algorithm – cast on nine stitches and then increased in three places every other row.
The Alberta College of Art + Design Fibre program is holding its annual Miniature Show and Silent Auction during Fibre Fortnight March 30 to April 10 2015. Funds raised from the silent auction will go towards visiting artists, student initiated projects and a new student bursary in 2015/2016.
My piece Knit object 140718 will be available to bid on along with some amazing artworks by my ACAD colleagues, students, alumni and staff. If you are interested in contributing to this year’s event you will find more information on the Fibre blog. Please consider contributing your work to the exhibition or attending the event and bidding on a piece or two.
The closing reception for Fibre Fortnight is always a fun event. This year we are delighted to host visiting artist Heather Goodchild, who will be speaking about her work the evening of our closing reception April 9th. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Email me with any questions about how you can contribute to this exciting event! (Attention any of my friends who have commented on the interesting little artworks in my collection…this is where I found most of them!)
In the Making has travelled to Saskatoon where it will open tomorrow, January 30 at the University of Saskatchewan in Gallery 2. Curator Diana Sherlock sent me this image of the installation with Codex 1 and 2 looking good after their journey across the prairie. (Thanks to Ann Thrale for building my work such a nice crate!)
Melodie Flook recently sent me these images of my weaving in Calgary: Outside the Box. Katrina Chaytor‘s beautiful ceramics are visible at the bottom right. Textiles by Natalie Gerber and glass by Natali Rodrigues were also featured in this display organized by aftermodern.lab.
Thank you Melodie!
I have just finished a souvenir book of our February 2014 trip to Japan. It includes images from my exhibition Frequency at GalleryGallery in Kyoto, Japan as well as some beautiful drawings created by my husband Kristofer Kelly-Frère. I will be creating a catalogue for my exhibition in the next month or so. If you want to see a little more of Frequency (and set-up) have a look!
I am pleased to be participating in Calgary Outside the Box as part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming, January 19-25, 2015. I will be contributing panels from two bodies of work, Codex and Frequency.
Calgary Outside the Box features the work Katrina Chaytor, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, Natalie Gerber and Natalie Rodrigues and has been organized by aftermodern.lab Thanks to Trevor Embury and aftermodern.lab for pulling this all together!
The ACAD Fibre Program is pleased to announce a new pop up gallery. The National Gallery of Contemporary Fibre Art will feature work from students, alumni and even objects from historical textile collections. Please join us on Thursday September 25th at 5pm for a welcome back potluck and reception for our current exhibition of twenty three Fibre Alumni including:
Jolie Bird, Heather Bloxham, Un-Jin Cho, Morgan Free, Suzen Green, Anu Guha-Thakirta, Jasmine Herron, Lindsay Joy, Jane Kidd (honorary), Amanda Kriaski, Julie Morstad, Bill Morton, Andrew Penner, Sheena Perratt, Ester Scott, Angela Silver, Marci Simkulet, Romy Straathof, Shannon Stratton, Candice Tarnowski, Wendy Toogood, Melissa Wong and Stephanie Wong.
This inaugural exhibition showcases a cross section of traditional and experimental fibre techniques dating back to the 1960’s. All pieces are on loan from the private collections of the Fibre Program faculty and will be on display until September 30th.
It has been some time since I’ve posted any new work to ArtClothText. Now that I am on summer leave from teaching I am catching up on a few ideas that have been bouncing around my studio for awhile. This week I am working on a series of knitted objects based on simple algorithms.
Specific typologies of form are beginning to emerge as I divide, increase or reduce stitches in different ways at measured intervals. In the above work in progress, the number of stitches are halved regularly producing flaps.
Once finished each object is washed, starched and pinned flat.
After the first object was dry I removed it and the felt from the blocking cushion revealing the straight pins poking through.
This circular object was cast on in 1999 but was never finished. Fifteen years later, I find myself casting it off and blocking it for this series.
In this image of the blocking process you can see that the circle is produced by increasing at three points every other row. The hemp thread in this work was wound in a tight ball before being immersed in plant dye.
Here is a shot of the first two objects. Each will be mounted on linen. This project is ongoing. I will post more images as it develops.
I received my copy of Alberta Craft Council’s magazine today. This issue includes a two-page spread about Continuum, a group exhibition featuring the work artists working in craft media who also teach. I am very excited to be showing some new work alongside some of my colleagues from the Alberta College of Art + Design including: Sarabeth Carnat, Katrina Chaytor, Dee Fontans, Joan Irvin, Bradley Keys, Charles Lewton Brain, Greg Payce, Tyler Rock and Natali Rodrigues.
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A three-panel work Frequency will be included in Continuum, an exhibition exploring “…the creative exchange of teaching and learning.”
The exhibition runs from July 12, to September 27 in the Feature Gallery at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton, Alberta with an opening reception July 12 from 2 – 4 pm.
Participating artists include:
Mindy Andrews, Ed Bamiling, John Blair, Karen Cantine, Sarabeth Carnat, Katrina Chaytor, Linda Chow, Teena Dickerson, Jim Etzkorn, Stephen Evans, Darcy Gusse-Edinga, Crys Harse, George Heagle, Joan Irvin, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, Bradley Keys, Sharon Kootenay Cherweniuk, Susan Kristoferson, James Lavoie, Charles Lewton-Brain, Brenda Malkinson, Lisa McGrath, Aaron Nelson, Dan Miller, Sara Norquay, Greg Payce, Darren J Petersen, Julia Reimer, Shirley Rimer, Tyler Rock, Natali Rodrigues, Meghan Wagg, Keith Walker, Arlene Westen Evans, Simon Wroot
I’ve just posted new documentation of Noise and Codex series to my website.
The School of Craft + Emerging Media Presents
Artist Talk by Mackenzie Kelly-Frère | Monday, March 31 in room 532 at 1230 pm
Mackenzie will be speaking about his current research and Frequency, a recent exhibition of hand woven textiles in Kyoto Japan.
ALL ARE WELCOME (email me if you are coming and I’ll arrange fifth-floor access.)
Mackenzie Kelly-Frère is an artist, writer and educator currently living in Calgary, Canada. He was educated at the Alberta College of Art + Design (BFA 1998) and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University (MFA 2005). Mackenzie currently teaches in the Fibre Program at the Alberta College of Art + Design where he is also the Associate Chair of the School of Craft + Emerging Media. He has also contributed texts to various Canadian and international publications including Craft Perception & Practice Vol III and recently to Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. Mackenzie’s work has been exhibited in Canada, China, Japan, Korea and the United States.
Mackenzie wishes to acknowledge the support of ACAD and the Faculty Professional Affairs Committee.