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  • Silk Weaving Studio 1531 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9 Canada (map)

Mo Kelman

Free admission - Exhibition runs until September 22nd.

Mo Kelman will transform the Silk Weaving Studio with wall-suspended sculptures. These works combine skeletal frameworks of wire and bamboo with skins made of shibori-dyed and shaped silk, handmade paper, gut, and knotted networks.

Mo Kelman’s works are both engineered and organic, as if she were laying bare the design principles for new forms of life. Architectural tensions resolve in new and remarkable forms, all built with a sensitivity to materials and textures.

“I’ve always had a hard time with two dimensions. If I can’t bend it, tie it, or break it, I don’t know where to start.”

Mo Kelman’s work sits at the juncture of architecture and engineering: in a place where sculpture and textiles meet. Lashing together frameworks with wire and fibre, Mo creates skeletons that she covers with skins of handmade paper, shibori patterned cloth, or mesh.

“I find freedom in working with a small range of materials and techniques. This limitation allows me to contrive a world of forms made by tying knots, lashing corners, stitching and stretching fabric skins. I leave trails of needle holes that tell of rows of sewing. A season of rhythmic work is made tangible.”

Mo Kelman is a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she has taught textiles, sculpture, and three-dimensional design for 35 years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Earlier Event: September 7
A Tenuous Balance: Sculptural Textiles
Later Event: September 12
Inspired by Our Strange Society