Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fearrington artist, Jan Harrison’s work included in the Triangle Weavers Guild Show

“The best way to experience fiber arts in the Triangle area of North Carolina is through the Triangle Weavers Guild.” This quote from the Triangle Weavers Guild’s website perfectly describes their latest exhibit now on display at the North Carolina Crafts Gallery in Carrboro through May 31, 2015. The show features woven blankets, scarves, towels, wall art, wearable art and jewelry.

Fearrington artist and weaver, Jan Harrison invites you to explore the show, stop by Friday, May 8th from 6:00pm  9:00pm for the reception, view her basket and let her know what you think. 

Jan is no newcomer to the world of fiber art.  She has worked with fiber of various sorts for almost 50 years.  She started out as a knitter and moved on to weaving.  She weaves both on a floor loom and makes baskets. “Working with yarn is so satisfying. Choosing colors….finding textures…..fashioning a design…seeing it emerge on the loom, that is exciting. ”

Jan’s style has evolved from early rugs to wall hangings.  Tapestry is now her favorite style.   “ Working on a loom is frustrating in that it is so linear, so horizontal.  The weft goes back and forth in a straight line.  With tapestry techniques you can weave curves, circles and angles.  I really like using amorphous forms in a  design.”

Basket weaving frees you from the structure imposed with a loom.  The materials aren’t as flexible but the same tapestry techniques apply here as well.  The same low intensity colors are used in both.  Soft colors and heavy texture are found in many of Jan’s pieces. 

The North Carolina Crafts Gallery is located at 212 W Main St Carrboro, NC. The Triangle Weavers Guild Show is in the Back Gallery.

Fiber art by Jan Harrison:

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