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(The gallery is closed for a private event Sunday Aug 13 until 2:30)
Tracey Lawko creates realistic landscapes and sculpted still-life in thread. These finely-stitched and richly-textured artworks interpret the natural world around her studio in the hills of the Niagara Escarpment. Themes of change, resilience and life-cycles permeate throughout.
Her landscapes are detailed and painterly. Starting with a simple drawing, she lays out her composition in collaged fabric. Then she free-motion machine stitches with a longarm sewing machine, layering 30-50 different colours of thread until the base fabrics essentially disappear and a complex tapestry results.
Her still-lifes are high-relief sculptures celebrating beauty in the ordinary. Each element (leaf, stem, petal, bark, etc.) is created individually, shaped by hand and appliqued to a background. Lawko’s innovative technique combines modern tools with traditional hand embroidery that has its roots in the 16th century raised-embroidery technique known as “stumpwork”.
Her installation Change Enables Growth, uses the life-cycle of trees as a metaphor for the stages of change: status quo, change event, transition and renewal. She creates large works utilising different textile techniques to correspond to each stage.
Why choose textile as a medium?” Lawko explains: “I have been embroidering and drawing since childhood and my work is an extension of those early interests. I love the depth and rich texture that can be achieved with textiles.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th, Homer Watson House and Gallery proudly present, Colours of Canada, a miniature quilt exhibition. This show explores the variety of colours that make up Canada both literally and figuratively and feature some of the country’s most talented fiber artists. In addition to awards for both traditional and contemporary quilts you will also have a chance to select your favourite for a viewer’s choice award at the Homer Watson Canadian Celebration Day and Artist Talk Sunday May 28| 1-3pm
“When one magnifies a small segment of the Canadian flag, one finds not only the two official colours of Canada, red and white, but an interesting microcosm of those colours. They represent our nation of diversity, a collection of numerous cultures, each fragile in isolation, but strong and free when unified.”
Heritage Award – Best in Show, Pat Hertzberg, CANADA-Nation of Diversity
peace in my trusty red canoe
all is well
Curator’s Choice-Original Design, Millie Cumming, Evening Vespers
“The red and white colours of Canada’s flag are recognized the world over. It’s fair to say we Canadians love our colours as much as we love our country.”
Homer Watson Legacy Award-Traditional, Ilene Atkins, National Pride