|Colette Lisoway Capilano University||| Print ||
I moved to North Vancouver from Victoria, BC in August, 2010 to attend the Textile Arts Advanced Certificate program at Capilano University. A Compositional Cloth workshop at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts with Eleanor Hannan, textile department faculty member, affirmed my choice to enrol in the program. In fact, the concept for my course work grew out of the Holy Cow compositional cloth I had begun during the summer. I revisited and developed this piece throughout the year and continue to work with it now. My previous education has been both formal and informal. I have a BFA , Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I became a feltmaker as a FeltWest guild member, while living in Perth, Western Australia. In Southern India I studied the traditional crafts of rangoli, mehandi, and embroidery at Kalakuteera – Hut of Traditional and Creative Arts in Mysore, Karnataka and was introduced to weaving and block printing at Tasara Centre for Creative Weaving in North Beypore, Kerala.
Colette Lisoway Holy Cow 2010 – 2011 Silkscreen, block and monoprinted, appliqué, hand embroidery, reverse appliqué, textile pigment, cotton. 155 cm x 330 cm
During this past year of studies at Capilano University I was most excited to have discovered a new visual vocabulary through screenprinting, monoprinting, machine embroidery and hand stitching. These techniques have enabled me to explore and express personal narrative. My work is an investigation and acknowledgement of lived memories, personal losses and transitioning identity. Camera captured intimacies are commemorated on cloth. Layers of print and stitch contain emotions unearthed through the physicality and repetition of process.
Colette Lisoway's website is current under Construction as of July 2011 http://www.colettelisoway.com
Circular Narrative 2010 Silkscreened, textile pigment, cotton. 61 cm x 61 cm x 6 panels
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