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Going with the flow : the lives and work of three contemporary Canadian fibre artists


Going with the flow : the lives and work of three contemporary Canadian fibre artists

Burton, Judith Penney (2007) Going with the flow : the lives and work of three contemporary Canadian fibre artists. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis recounts the stories and experiences of three contemporary Canadian fibre artists who have emerged onto the artistic scene within the past decade. It is my intent to examine the possible internal and external motivational factors involved in their choice of career path, and their choice of fibre as a medium. In-depth interviews examined the early lives of these women from their own perspectives, delving into their family and cultural influences as well as their educational experiences. Fibre artists are often involved in techniques and processes that are repetitive and extremely time consuming. The relationship between the body and the mind that occurs while engaged in this type of intensive art practice will be explored, such as: notions of flow; losing track of time; peak experiences; meditative moments; body kinaesthetic knowledge; tacit knowing; and the body memories often involved in creating with textile materials and processes. Potential links between spirituality and creative practice will be explored. Time will be considered from many angles, including: each woman's perspective on how time relates to their individual practice; how they manage time around completing such labor intensive work; and the time that it takes to become a successful fibre artist in the current artistic climate. Each artist's identification with feminism and the possible subversive nature of textiles as a medium will be explored. As well as looking at issues related to the artist's personal, public and private space, the role of place in their current art work will also be addressed.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Burton, Judith Penney
Pagination:vi, 166 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:School of Graduate Studies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cheasley Paterson, Elaine
ID Code:975490
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:09
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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