Providence Farm is excited to announce our Weaving for Health and Nature show at Portals Art Gallery on May 11 to May 31st, 2017. Everyone is invited to come and experience the power of art, nature and therapy combined.
“A growing body of research links our mental, physical and spiritual health directly to our association with nature,” says Wendy Davis, Providence Farm’s Textiles Coordinator. “We at Providence Farm believe this exposure to nature—through which comfort, curiosity and a deepening sense of self and belonging are accessible—is vital and something that all human beings can benefit from.”
For the past several months staff, participants and volunteers at Providence Farm have been engaged in a Farm-wide project incorporating nature’s wondrous colours and textures into artistically woven art pieces which will be displayed at Portals Art Gallery for the community to appreciate some of the magic of the farm. At Providence Farm we do not see ourselves as simple spectators of nature! We are actively engaging with leaf and branch, feather and frog, mud and wind.
It is important for Providence Farm participants to demonstrate to the community, who support them at the Farm, the tremendous benefits they receive in our programming.
Practiced since ancient times, weaving together fibers with different textures can produce a visually pleasing design. By combining botanicals with fleece and yarn produced here at the Farm, these unique organic wall hangings and art pieces offer a fresh, colorful reminder of times past and are individual art pieces, which represent the connection our participants have found with nature.
“Participants were inspired and encouraged to create from within their individual selves, to compose a true expression of their harmonious connection with nature,” says Ms. Davis.
All components used are natural, most of which were found or produced at the Farm. Nature walks in the forest were coordinated to collect branches, attractive strips of bark, twigs, long grasses, leafy vines, mosses, lichens, and leaves. Colourful touches were worked in with an assortment of dried berries, rosehips, buds, and flowers. The yarn utilized for threading the warp between branches is hand spun from Providence Farm sheep fleece and the Farm’s alpaca fibre. Rovings were hand dyed using materials found at the farm and plant-based natural dyes such as indigo, logwood bark and madder root.
“I would encourage everyone to participate with us by visiting the gallery and experiencing the joy our participants have found in this work and to celebrate their individual spirits. This is one of the many ways our participants can share with the community who support their lives at the Farm,” says Farm Executive Director, Chris Holt.
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If you would like more information about this show, please contact Wendy Davis, Textile Coordinator at 250-746-4204 or email at email@example.com.
For information about Providence Farm: www.providence.bc.ca.
For information about Portals Art Gallery: http://cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/portals/