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Mon, Mar 18


Ely's Historic State Theater

Weaving Color Into Comfort

Join us for our 2024 March Art Show at the State Theater showcasing Grace Klein! Viewing times are subject to theater hours.

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Weaving Color Into Comfort
Weaving Color Into Comfort

Time & Location

Mar 18, 2024, 4:00 PM – Mar 31, 2024, 8:00 PM

Ely's Historic State Theater, 238 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731, USA

About the event

“Weaving Color Into Comfort” is a series of colored handmade papers woven into intricate patterns. The paper is made from abaca, flax, and cotton fibers, and is colored using aqueous dispersed pigments and other natural dyes. Some of these weaving structures require glue to hold together, but others are simply the paper cut into strips, carefully arranged, and held together on its own.

The inspiration for this art form started in 2020, when I learned the foundations of weaving structures using paper. I latched on to its striking qualities, yet felt comfort and warmth in its similarity to fiber weavings. It was the perfect outlet for me to play with color and patterns, and I loved exploring how paper strips could create illusions of overlapping lines of color. Two years later, I enrolled in a handmade paper class and it quickly became my obsession. Experimenting with colored pulp was a driving motivator: watching soft blue abaca fibers swirl in the water to combine with purple creating a deep, rich periwinkle gray, or making a mossy green, highlighted with warm yellow. I learned and worked quickly, and in a few short months I had a rich, bright color palette of papers. It didn’t take long for me to pair these two crafts together and begin my handmade paper weavings.

These weavings represent the comfort that comes when color and pattern sit perfectly aligned and repeat. Patterns are everywhere, little like honeycombs, or immense like the branching of trees. Repetition can be reassuring, satisfying, and restoring, and can be a constant in the world around us, like the change of seasons. This gallery celebrates those patterns with a promise of clarity and consistency. With lively colors interlocking and connecting together, these weavings bloom with a playful warmth and joy. It is also a nod to the repetitive crafts of papermaking and paper weaving, both meditatively laborious but extremely gratifying. My work is driven by curiosity and excitement, attention to detail, and a passion for fine craft.

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