Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program Graduate Exhibition 2022. On display at the Folk Art Center May 21 – September 7.
“While considering what I wanted to explore in my piece for this exhibit I found myself gravitating towards images of disintegrating textiles – specifically remnants of historical fabrics preserved in the collections of museums – fragments of fragile cloth mounted on archival boards for their protection. The undesigned and organic nature of stains and abrasions makes such a lovely contrast to the very intentional and linear construction of a textile. Complex interactions between positive and negative space develop as pattern fields shift and mutate with fading and deterioration. Time adds an unrepeatable character. These are qualities I sought to approximate in “Tortoise”, through both low-water immersion dyeing of my linen warp and weft and devoré burnout of selected areas of wool pattern weft.” – Kelly Riek