Nancy Herbert [Resolven, Grande-Bretagne, Wales, 1921 - Montreal, 1986]
Alternative approach - Cell Expanding; Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Size: Height 12 ft. Width 7 ft. Diameter4 ft
Born in Resolven, Glamorgan, Wales Resides in Montreal, Quebec. Graduate (B.A.) of Sir George Williams University, Montreal, where she is at present preparing for her M.A. degree in art education. Studied plastic medics at Sheridan College, Ontario, under Harry Hollander. Extensive teaching experience (art and applied arts). Group exhibitions; at the Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Merton Gallery, Toronto; and the Weissman Gallery Sir George Williams University, Montreal, which also arranged her one-man exhibition. Received a Canada Council project grant (1972).
the above information is taken from the Textiles into 3-D broadsheet Poster used to promote the original exhibition
Alternative approach - Cell Expanding: Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Photo provided by Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and used with permission
Alternative approach - Cell Expanding was purchased by the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia at some point after the Textile into 3D exhibition and was included in an exhibited a show entitled "this is Montreal" in March 2008. This show was curated by Andrew Hunter while researching the material to be shown the gallery was in touch with the H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada to see if they had any information on the artist. I just happened to be there and subsequently wrote an article called "It Simply Started With a Question:" fQ Volume 4 Issue 4/ Fall 2008.
Nancy Herbert's grand daughter found the story while googling her grandmother's name and forwarded the story to her mother Anne Mathew. Anne Mathew then got in touch with me and I provided her with the information I had and our correspondence began.
We know Nancy Herbert became and remained a friend of Helen Duffy's during her life time, acquired several pieces of Helen's art and maintaining a correspondence (sometime fully illustrated)
A copy of Nancy Herbert's full CV has been forwarded and edited to reflect her Art activities, (see Nancy Herbert CV below)
The location of Nancy Herbert's archive: family friends of Nancy's from Hazelwood House in Devon have it and the work is being kept at Druid Temple in Wales in large wooden boxes.
In a recent trip to Montreal, Anne has been in touch with the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery and they have provided her with some Conservation and Archive management contacts in Great Brittan, and through family connection has contacted a a curator in Wales and discussion on how to proceed in re-establishing Nancy Herbert place in the discourse of Textile and fibre arts history. Her contribution while practicing shouldn't be misplaced.
This update is the next stage in this process.
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