Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
The Spider’s Web Studio
607065 River Rd. R.R. #3
Pat Burns-Wendland is a handweaver and master spinner. In 2000, Pat graduated
from Seneca College with High Honours in the Dressmaking Certificate Program.
Recently her work has taken on another dimension that being surface design.
Pat has won several awards for her handwoven designs and has been accepted
into juried art shows such as Insights; Fresh Art Fresh Air; and Headwaters
Festival Juried Art Show.
" As a fibre artist the concept of Grave Goods conjured up images
of black garments, somber faces, bodies wrapped in cloth for burial. I
decided to approach these burial cloths and garments from a slightly whimsical
point of view. This concept has taken me out of my realm of clothing,
where I feel comfortable creating, to a more artistic approach to cloth
and design. "
‘My Shroud Has Pockets’
Handwoven cotton with painted images. Commercial silk gauze panel
with sewn pockets containing charms (porcelain created by Rosemary
Clichés such as "you can’t take it with you"
or "shrouds don’t have pockets" were the inspiration
for this piece. The image imprinted on the cloth is that of the
artist (wrapped in plastic, then covered in textile paint, the cloth
was then lowered onto the body then rolled with a clean roller)
the other images were silk screened onto the cloth.
Many cultures buried prized possessions with their dead to comfort
them in the afterlife. Coins were put into pockets to appease gods
and spirits; symbolic charms or dolls expressed the deceased’s
life. My shroud? well, the observer can surmise what these objects
mean to my life.
Handwoven cotton panel. Images have been silk screened on to the
cloth using textile paint.
Those who have had near death experiences relate being greeted by
relatives and friends who have already passed on and a long tunnel
with a brilliant light appearing at the end.
The Memories shroud is a handwoven panel with images, created from
original photographs, reproduced onto thermo fax screens then screened
using textile pigments. All the images are of deceased friends and
relative who have impacted on the artist’s life.
‘The Merry Widow’
Handwoven tencel cloth in 8-harness twill weave structure. Lining
is hand dyed, stamped and stenciled silk.
The traditional side of this black mourning coat suits the concept
of somber funeral rites, sadness, loss, and despair. The lining,
however, is brilliant red with screened images of funeral lilies
expressing a sense of freedom, relief or possibly jubilation?