"While creating this piece of “being” iterations of circular patterns drew me in and influenced a curious use of fibers in both measured and spontaneous ways.
By fusing reclaimed textiles along with a sparing element of water color, I discovered a certain constancy of contentment and natural balance through each small square. The emergence of quiet energy, strength and endurance evolved while stitching with the palette of blues, sand and natural whites.
Circles have historically represented symbols that shielding people from outside influences. So, to “be” is to be one with one’s self --internal, intimate and protected in a space kept safe from distraction.”
Healing Collection: Lois MacKenzie
Collage 5 : Horns + Face
made from reclaimed denim and other clothing scraps : yarn : enhanced with hand stitching
Collage 6 : Healing Words
made from reclaimed denim and other clothing scraps : wool roving : enhanced with hand stitching
Collage 4 : Stitched Happiness
made from reclaimed denim clothing scraps : enhanced with hand stitching
“I have a fondness for the simplicity and innocence of children’s art. The sense of freedom and warmth in the way children convey their honesty through art was the happy inspiration for these pieces. The use of denim is a reflection to childhood. As children we lived, played and imagined while clothed in the hardiness of this unconditional fabric. By deconstructing worn denim and rethinking how the parts and pieces could come back together — natural shapes evolved into new compositions and through revival, a new wholeness and sense of being is created.”
“Broken and fragmented pieces represent a disorganized division of organic shapes or cells. They are perfectly imperfect in their state. The uneven and unbalanced assembly of the shapes naturally begin to converge in an effort to reclaim order and healing.”
“The body’s strengths holds the ability to heal from within and its powers knows no limits. Tranquil balance is found. Harmonious calm settles the scattered shapes and brings calm to the order of the pieces.”
“I work in stitches. The texture, delicacy and strength of thread has transformed data to visualize and quantify art through healing. For me, there is a rhythm of healing in stitching. Each stitch mark in this piece represents a series of numbers. Between each stitch holds the significance of one hundred; 5,209 is the number of children in the program engaged through art in the year 2017, 897 volunteers moved by CHAP into creative contribution, 776 outreach experiences, 403 Art Club Experiences. Fabric, thread and stitching has a willingness to be transformed in form and texture allowing me to explore the meanings within.”