Solo exhibition by Mitchell Chalifoux
What began as unfamiliar, Selvage documents the process of learning textile and craft techniques through the artist’s gendered inexperience. As a tactile, print installation, this series investigates the meanings of fabrics in varied forms – selvages, scraps, previously owned materials, and home furnishings. Grounded in feminist politics, these works build awareness to the properties and layered histories of the printed materials, and to the artist’s illusory skill with a now hobbyist level of craft. Through the exhibition and residency, Mitchell has gained introductory skills in embroidery, hand quilting, upholstery, sewing, and creating repeating patterns, through self-taught methods, familial knowledge, workshops, and online homemaking resources. Collaborating with existing materials, without overriding their pasts, is core to Mitchell’s working methods.
Running concurrently with the exhibition, a free skillshare will be held from 1 to 4 pm each Saturday in the Community Gallery. Here you can learn (or teach) textile techniques and the finished matrices will be printed by the artist where you can take the finished inky fabric and prints home.
Opening Reception: September 21, 7-9 pm.
SNAP is a public gallery so admission to our exhibitions is always free!
10123 121 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9
September 21, 2018 - October 20, 2018