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Along the Fraser: Industrial Shoreline in Fabric – An Artist Talk by Susan Purney Mark

July 27, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The focus of my current work – Along the Fraser – and my Industrial Shoreline series – examines the working harbour, where the industry of shipping goods and products from our factories and fields intersects with the contemporary desire of a playground of beaches and pristine clear waters. The port occupies a special and limited space at the edge of our cities; the freighters and docks piled high with shipping containers are an essential part of a modern economy. Any harbour is constantly changing: the tide rises, and falls, materials and shipping containers come and go, the structures acquire patina and layers of complex shapes over the years. The industrial warehouses, ships and buildings along the intertidal zones of urban harbours presents a dichotomy in my textile art between the hard and soft, the rigidity of steel and the fluidity of cloth. There is beauty in the metal structures and their patina, the angles, shadows, bursts of colour, and swoops of lines create rich visual interest for the viewer.

My drawn, painted, and stitched lines and the challenge of interpreting these means that I rely on a variety of mark making, inks and paints on the fabrics to give me the rich patinas of rust, rafters and steel and sea. I often use repurposed fabrics or vintage linens, extending their usefulness, knowing that these will not end up in a land fill. During my presentation I will share some of my surface design techniques, show both “work in progress” and completed work as well as discussing where the exploration of my Industrial Shoreline series will lead me in the future.

This talk occurred on July 27, 2021. You can view a recording of the talk below:


July 27, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm