A Handmade Assembly

I am excitedly preparing to participate in an event called A Handmade Assembly in Sackville, New Brunswick – October 19th to 22nd.


“A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions and share in a common thread, the handmade.

Now in its sixth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.”

It is an honour to be speaking about my work with string and temporary art works, participating in the art market and attending the many exciting workshops next week. There are some fabulous artists to work with and I am soooo excited! If you are on the East Coast please join us! Here is the info for my talk…

Artist Talk: Catching Up The Slender Thread: string figures and loose threads
Thursday October 20
Owens Art Gallery, 61 York Street

Within the motions of string on fingers are held tales of place, community and family. Passed on person to person, face to face, hand to hand, these memories bare the mark of the conditions in which they were formed. As an element of her craft-aesthetic art practice, BC artist Anne J Steves has been working with string as a means of measuring place and recording community. Her artist talk will provide a background into the collecting of string games, the ephemeral nature of string communications and the ways in which these handmade histories have influenced her practice.





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