An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Rilla Marshall.
2007 : Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine, USA. Small scale tapestry workshop with Jon Eric Riis.
2004 : Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), Halifax, NS. BFA, Major in Textiles.
“My current work investigates the potential vulnerability of our coastal communities due to development, erosion and potential sea level rise. Referencing the terrain and shorelines of Canada’s east coast, my work depicts the liminal spaces where ocean meets land and considers the forces that shape our landscape.
With a particular focus on islands, my shoreline mapping uses weaving, embroidery and crochet to explore the constant negotiation between land and ocean and the ways this negotiation shapes our personal and collective relationship with our cultural identity. With a focus on hand-weaving, I integrate traditional textile patterning into my work, enabling me to bring the lay of the land to a human scale through the intimacy of hand-worked textiles. Through my practice, I acknowledge and investigate the tension between nostalgia, the inevitability of change and the fickle notion of progress.” RM
Other material relating to Rilla Marshall.
Artist website: rillamarshall.wix.com
Artist Blog: Marshall Arts
Art Cloth Text: Rilla Marshall
The Velvet Highway: Rilla Marshall