Alice Philip: Light Lines

Thursday, October 25, 2012 ― Thursday, December 06, 2012

Artist Alice Philips presents “Light Lines,” an exhibition of work in felt at the Craft Council of BC Gallery at 1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island from October 25 to December 6, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 6pm to 8pm.

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.

White felt has long been regarded as precious, and has been used symbolically to honour the gods. When a central Asian tomb dating from around 600 BCE was discovered in the early 1900’s, four white felt swans were found in it. It is thought they were there to transport the souls ofthe dead to heaven. Even today with some cultures, a bride will be seated on white felt during the ceremony, to ensure good luck.

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.

Curated by Rosalind Aylmer

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