If you read a bit about AMANDA MCCAVOUR, you will find that she “is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations who is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.” But what does that mean, exactly?
And, more to the point– I wanted to hear about how she came to make the kind of strong/fragile, tiny/enormous, personal/public art that is so unlike anything I have seen before. It’s not just that the contrast in scale of what she does — her work is SO fine (to the smallest detail of tiny each stitch) and her installations are so BIG– it’s the subject matter of home, plants, cereal boxes –quotidian life.
Amanda will be with us this Spring at our June gathering teaching a class called Ribbon in the Sky. I never know how people will respond to the offerings we put out there but have to admit to a certain thrill to see how fast Amanda’s class filled (one of the first) and how keen people were to learn this technique she has developed.
In our call today we talk about all sorts of things– I do hope you enjoy it. I have been wanting to get to Toronto for some time now and after chatting with Amanda, my desire is more keen than ever!
all photos courtesy of Amanda McCavour