Felt is usually thought of as a heavy, dense fabric, used for warmth and shelter. Alice Philips has turned this notion on its head with her most recent work and its play on the word “light”.
Light in weight, translucent in nature, Philips’ felted sheets of fine merino wool have been fashioned into lights that glow softly while making bold statements of shape and texture.
Felt is the oldest textile known to mankind. It is not woven, but rather consists of wool fibres which have become interlocked through the application of water and pressure. Philips first discovered felt making for herself on Hornby Island, more than 25 years ago. For many years she worked in garment weight felt, making coats and other colourful accessories, as well as sculptures and wall hangings.
Recently she has turned to more gossamer felts, white, sculptural in nature, with light within, shining through with a subtle, candle-like glow. Each piece in this collection also has surface texture added through the incorporation of silk, soy, and even recycled plastic rope.
COME JOIN US AT OUR ANNUAL FUNDRASING EVENT
The Craft Council of BC, a charitable arts service organization, hosts an annual fundraising event that invites the general public to experience what excellence in craft truly is, while raising much needed funds for our youth program.
Join us for this year's fundraiser while celebrating the work of renowned fibre artist Alice Philips. Alice's exhibit "Lines of Light" will open October 25 at our Granville Island Gallery and run to December 6th.
On the evening of October 25th 7-11pm you can preview the exhibit and bid on amazing contemporary crafts while you nibble on canapés by Edible Canada, share a glass of wine, and great company.
Proceeds from the evening will support our Imagined Community Project which provides youth with the opportunity to explore how contemporary craft plays a vital role in society.
Tickets are $45 and include one glass of wine and are eligible for $27 charitable tax receipt.
Please go to www.soireeofcraft.eventbrite.ca or call 604.687.7270 for tickets