Current Exhibition

 

 

Cloth of Time

Penny Berens & Judy Martin

Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday July 12, 6pm
On view: July 13 - August 26, 2018
FREE ADMISSION

Penny Berens & Judy Martin use the contemplative activity of hand stitch to respond to and communicate their observations of nature and personal experience.   Over the last ten years, the two artists have been meeting annually in either Nova Scotia or Ontario and have realized that although they approach their creative work from different perspectives, they explore similar subjects. 

In Daily Scratchings, Penny Berens recorded the seasonal changes that she experienced while walking in the rural area near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.  Using hand stitched representational drawings and rows of abstract marks she documented the day that she had lived through.  Penny’s visual and tactile witnessing of natural phenomena became a journal that holds four years of time. 

Judy Martin’s sculptural textile, Not To Know But To Go On, addresses her own mortality, the connection of past and future, and the relentless rhythm of time itself.  An accumulation of fabrics are couched onto canvas with one entire skein of cotton floss each day.  Inspired by the Finnish rugs of her heritage, Martin sews time past to a future she does not know yet. 

There are many things about their stitch practice that are uplifting, healing and spiritual.  In both of the journals, for example, rhythmic changes of the cosmos and cycles of the seasons are translated into expressive marks made slowly day by day. The senses of touch and of time embedded in such handwork are communicated on a deep level with others. Poetic memories, humorous observations, emotional connections, and the healing that comes through creating something by hand all roll out in these chronographs of life itself. 

For more information please contact:

Susan Charles
Director, Centre for Craft
902-492-2523
director@craft-design.ns.ca

 


 

 

Hands On Craft 

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia
1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
craft-design.ns.ca/hands-craft

Exciting things are being planned at the Centre for Craft! Below is a list of activities that will be open to all throughout the summer! $10 Material Kits and demonstrations will be available for a variety of craft techniques with no experience necessary! Come on down and join us at the Centre located at the Halifax Seaport beside Pier 21, 1061 Marginal Rd. We're open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and weekends 11am-4pm. We look forward to crafting with you!

 

Printmaking- Design and print your own postcards
June 26- Aug 12, drop in Tuesday- Saturday 11am-4pm daily
Material Kits $10

Families and visitors of all ages will be invited to design and print their own postcards to send back to loved ones. Material kits will be available for purchase for $10 and includes 3 postcards, carving plate and access to carving tools, ink and rollers. There will also be pre-designed blocks by local printmaking students available for use by all.

 

Grindhouse- Local knife-making presentations and demonstrations
July 13- July 15, 11am-4pm
Material Kits $10

Families and visitors of all ages will get a chance to meet local knife craftsmen from local knife shop Grindhouse. We will learn about the making and sharpening processes (with demonstrations!) as well as the differences between blades and other information about blade care. Participants will then get a chance to try their hand at a (tiny) knife craft! You don’t want to miss this exciting experience!

 

Jewellery making- Pride accessories
July 17-22, drop in Tuesday- Saturday 11am-4pm daily
Material Kits $10

Visitors of the Seaport and Halifax locals are invited to design their own colourful jewellery to celebrate Halifax Pride 2018. Material kits include as many multi-coloured beads, pompoms and sequins you need to show off your unique style and support for love of all kinds.

 

Embroidery- Stitch your own story
July 24- Aug 12, drop in Tuesday- Saturday 11am-4pm daily
Material Kits $10

Families and visitors of all ages will be invited to create their own embroidered stories drawing inspiration from Penny Beren’s exhibited show. Material kits include fabric and embroidery floss, with access to various sized embroidery needles and techniques.

 

Tapestry weaving  - Weave your own rag rug coaster & Needle Felting
Aug 14- Aug 26 , drop in Tuesday- Saturday Selected days will have supervized activities see our social media updates for times when a volunteer is leading drop in workshops. All other days instructions and materials are available when the gallery is open for self guided tapestry weaving. Kits are also available to purchase when gallery is open.
Material Kits $10

Families and visitors of all ages will be invited to weave their own rag strip coaster using a frame loom. Material kits can be purchased for $10 and includes your very own frame loom and rag strip weft material.

Material kits will be available for purchase for $10 and includes 3 postcards, carving plate and access to carving tools, ink and rollers. There will also be pre-designed blocks by local printmaking students available for use by all.

 

Images:
Left to Right: Judy Martin, Not To Know But To Go On, rayon and cotton fabrics, cotton thread, cotton canvas, hand stitch, 33 cm x 67 metres, 2013, photo: Ned Martin. Penny Berens, Daily Scratchings, cotton threads, cotton fabric, hand stitch, 2012, photo: Richard Berens.