Spiffy is the name students in the Fibres unit of Studio Arts chose
for their end-of-year show, in progress at Espace 306 until Saturday.
Amy Drover, head of the Fibres Student Association, says the campy name
came from the fact that we always seem to have difficulty finding
titles for our shows, especially when the work is quite diverse, and often
selected by a jury, and sometimes we dont even know what the work
Coming up with a title always seems to be a difficult task, so we
wanted something that would be different, and fun, and broad, without
trying to put all the work under one idea.
What youll see in this show ranges from paper-based works to weavings
to a few pieces using embroidery, Drover said. There are different
garments, including a skirt made of womens cotton underwear (by
Emily Birnbaum). One artist embroidered a pair of overalls according to
the paint splotches and stains on her grandfathers overalls, which
are shown side-by-side (Amanda Cockell).
Laura Moores work, a large felt piece that looks like a brick
wall, is so soft to touch!
Audrey Lavallées piece incorporates performance. She
sits in the gallery for approximately four hours a day, working on a large
coil basket-like form that is wrapped with a soft, pink mohair yarn. When
she is not in the gallery, the piece sits next to her stool and materials.
Its quite a stunning object!
My work is a series of photos that were taken from a digital video
of small finger-puppets that I knitted based on real people, myself and
a few friends. And the puppets are in the gallery for playing with, as
Spiffy continues until Saturday. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,
noon to 6 pm. Espace 306 is in the Belgo Building, 372 St. Catherine St.