Making Space


Changing Hands, 2016, Collaboration with Lucy Poskit, weaving (linen, cotton, hemp/silk, wool, cotton/silk and sari silk, 17″ x 40″) acrylic paint, ink and graphite on wood panel, 40″ x 30″

I have always wanted to collaborate with another artist and so I was excited when weaver Lucy Poskitt agreed to take on this adventure with me. I was interested in exploring how we could create something that would complement each other’s work. I wanted to have the weaving feel very organic as although it was growing out of the panel.  Building in more negative space, I kept the painting a little simpler using bold shapes and kept a lot of the wood panel unpainted in the background. During this time, Lucy moved to Vancouver Island which meant we communicated our process mostly over email and through photos. We met once and then put the two together the day before the Eastside Culture Crawl.  It was really fun to work with another artist. I enjoyed the energy and the flow of ideas exchanged back and forth. Each individual decision one of us made affected the component that the other would contribute.  It constantly kept me thinking about ways to make everything be cohesive in the end. I know that it changed how I painted but I think it was a good way to push myself to see what I could do in this project.  It’s a very special, one of a kind piece.

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