A Chetwynd artist said that she is "thrilled" to have her first art show woven into the Dawson Creek Art Gallery's newest art show with two other, more established, artists.
Sue Davies, a Chetwynd artist who specializes in hand-woven materials, will share the Gallery with Marcy Horswill and Catherine Hamel, both artists based out of Alberta.
The three will make up the Art Gallery’s latest show, “Three Strands Together,” which aims to explore fibre and fabric art, and is set to run from this Tuesday until Feb. 1.
Horswill, who started her work when she was 40, has been interested in artistic pursuits all her life, according to her website.
“Part of the process before I start my next project is cleaning up the mess from the last one…I spy bits and pieces from previous works, which remind me of things I want to try,” she writes. “Often the cleaning up sets the path for the next idea.”
Hamel’s art will be a mixed media travelling show, according to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery website.
Hamel’s show, entitled 6 Points of Resilience, touches on ideas like joyful survival, and features portions that are partly Hamel’s own story, the stories of others, and imagined realities, according to the description of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, where her show was previously featured.
Going along with them is Davies, who has been braiding for the past twelve years, the last three of them here in B.C.
One of the pieces is a rug braided out of wool fabric, including a large rug made out of recycled wool clothing.
Davies said that this was often done years ago.
"(Traditionally) that's what people did with their used clothing and recycling, was braiding rugs for their home," she said. "I'm just trying to spread the craft and get people interested in what was a very old time craft."
For Davies, she enjoys the relaxing nature of braiding.
"You basically just sit and work away at it and as you're doing, you can be talking with people, daydreaming, watching a movie," she added. "It's creative and you can actually make a thing."
In addition to the more traditional wool type features, she has also made baskets, maps, and other items out of fabric, cotton, or macrame cord.
Despite the number of items available on her show, Davies remains humble about her talents in comparison to Hamel and Horswill.
"They are much more professional than I am," she said. "It's the other two artists who are the main show and they asked me to put some things that will be more three dimensional ... I am very happy to share my work with people and to hopefully encourage other people to try some of these things."