Cherry Blossom Time
Friday March 15 2013 Filed in: fibre | Exhibitions | Visual Art | juried
Well I have just sent off three small hangings to Vancouver for “Cherry Blossoms a Textile Translation Retrospective” Show. All the work in the show will have been juried into the last four Fibre Essence Cherry Blossom exhibitions shown previously at the Silk Purse Gallery in Vancouver. This show will take place at the Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver between April 6 and April 21 2013. It is co-sponsored by the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society.
Joy Kogawa House is the house Canadian author Joy Kogawa lived in as a child at the beginning of World War Two before being removed, as a child of seven, as part of the internment of Japanese-Canadians in 1942. It has now been taken over by the Land Conservancy and is going to stand as a literary symbol of hope and healing for all Canadians. It is going to be used as a writers–in-residence and will have regular events and workshops. This Retrospective exhibition will be a collaboration between the literary community who will be sponsoring events and the textile artists.
My three pieces are Springtime and Waiting for the Cherries which were juried into the 2011 show and Cherry Ripe juried in last year. Thinking of spring in the middle of a Manitoba winter brought its own breath of spring! I used the brightest colours in Springtime to warm the heart and to give the feeling of a west coast sunset. In Waiting for the Cherries I added the robin as that seems to be the sign that winter is almost over. Cherry Ripe seemed to be the ultimate conclusion.