New Weavings by Lucy Poskitt
May 14 – July 16
Meet the Maker
Saturday June 18 1-5pm
After a few years of following Lucy Poskitt’s journey, we are incredibly honoured to host a new collection of her weavings as part of our Featured Artist Series. Lucy is a fibre artist living and working in Vancouver. Her work walks the line between traditional image-based tapestry and textile-yardage weaving defining a style that is uniquely her own.
Join us on Saturday June 18th from 2-4 for an opportunity to meet Lucy, see her in action and learn more about her process and inspiration.
There will be snacks and refreshments to enjoy as well.
The work will be on display and available for sale at Nineteen Ten until July 16th, pricing is available upon request.
Please enjoy the below interview with Lucy, and be sure to follow her on
CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF & DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO ?
Hello! I’m Lucy Poskitt and I’m a textile artist. I work mostly with weaving at the moment but I’ve had my hand in all sorts of art forms over the years. I teach weaving as well, to groups and individuals.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A MAKER ?
Always! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating something – most of my memories from when I was little are of making, creating or dreaming something up.
HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW ?
My mom has a dear friend, Ingrid, who is a wonderful weaver. Growing up, whenever we visited her I would get a glimpse at her weaving studio and be totally mystified as to what went on in there – crazy contraptions and heaps of wool! Fast forward a decade and I’m at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, slowly driving myself insane with a lot of printmaking. The printmaking studio, as much as I loved it, was a very intense and competitive atmosphere: cold, hard and literally grey. For me, the act of printmaking was often a lot of buildup leading to eventual disappointment, I rarely felt as though the image in my head was being accurately translated to the paper.
Because of Ingrid, I’d always wanted to take weaving as an elective at NSCAD but I didn’t really expect to love it as much as I did. The weaving studio was like the antidote to the printmaking studio: While still very process-based and rhythmic (something I loved about printmaking), the studio was warm and colourful, tactile and comforting. I loved it from the very first moment! After university I took a break from making art for a few years but eventually developed chronic insomnia (!) which only started to go away when I started weaving again, no joke! I think the brain needs something to plan for and anticipate and mull over in order to be able to shut down and sleep at the end of the day, and for me that ended up being weaving.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC ?
I think I would describe it as confused! I think there’s power in minimalism, in a restrained hand in both art and design… but sometimes I really crave that cacophony of texture! and colour! and motion! I often find myself making a very detailed and laborious series of works followed by a “quick and dirty” series of works. Or flat and minimal pieces followed by something that contains tons of texture. I would find it very hard to create only one style of work for the rest of my life, I can’t imagine limiting myself to that!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION ?
I’ve moved many many times and lived all over Canada… so much so that I think I’m perpetually homesick – always longing for a place that I can never put my finger on, and so I guess I’ve always been inspired by place: that elusive sense of home, the feelings and emotions that scenery can convey, the mystery of maps. I love that lonely feeling that a sparse landscape gives me and I see stories in groups of islands and far-away mountains, weather patterns, maps of places with no roads…
IF YOU WEREN’T A FIBRE ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE ?
Definitely a baker. In fact, I still want to be one!
WHAT DOES CRAFT MEAN TO YOU ?
Whoa, I could write an essay on this question…I hardly know where to start! Firstly there is no difference in my mind between Craft and Art (that old debate eh?), there is a difference between craft and kraft but that’s for another essay.
In short I think that craftsmanship, in its truest sense, is the noblest thing we can aspire to. To take a raw material and carefully, consciously turn it into something useable and/or treasured through hours of laborious process, is so honorably heartbreaking to me. Heartbreaking because not everyone appreciates the process! When you can find mass-made “handcrafted style” objects everywhere – from shibori and batik prints at Old Navy to weavings at Target to a myriad of other examples – it shows that people appreciate the look of crafted items, but are unwilling to accept that that type of work comes with a price to it because an actual human made it and wants to earn an actual living wage from it. (and hey, we’re all guilty of it!) When the mass-market appeal is gone does that mean that the small-market appeal will also dry up? I don’t want it to! Craftsmanship will always exist, and we will always have to contend with the faster-cheaper competition, we just have to trust in the people that know the difference.
*steps off soapbox*
WAS THERE A PARTICULAR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE COLOUR PALETTE IN THE NEW WORK ON DISPLAY AT NINETEEN TEN ?
Not particularly… It is a lot more colourful than my previous work but I attribute that more to the material than a conscious decision on my part: The weft I used for most of these pieces is a very special and hard-to find discontinued line of yarns made of silk and hemp fibres. I covet this yarn but it is soooo pricey so when it happened to go on sale at two different stores and I bought as much of it as I could afford and the colours just happened to go together, voila!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO MAKE THIS RECENT COLLECTION ?
Each piece takes upwards of 20-50 hours to complete, from start to finish.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE AN ALL TIME FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE MADE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY ?
Oooh tough one. My current favourite is in this collection, actually: the Monsoon piece. I love it so much because it turned out exactly as I had imagined it would. I don’t tend to make very detailed sketches of my work, and I was working on this piece at a loom that only allows me to see about 6 inches of the underside piece at a time (never the front!). When I finally pulled it off the loom and turned it over there was a giant sigh of relief and a lot of heart-eyes and oohs and ahhs coming from me.
We were first introduced to Kunye back in December at Little Mountain Shop, the neighbourhood pop up shop. Immediately drawn to the line and genuine care Melissa has put into each product, we knew right away we had to add Kunye to Nineteen Ten’s growing apothecary section. Tried and true, Amy and I are pleased to introduce to you a selection of Kunye products that we know you will love and enjoy using.
Join us Saturday April 16 from 1-4 and treat yourself to a mini consultation with Melissa. Learn which Kunye product would be best for you and your current routine!
Be sure to follow Kunye’s instagram account for some inspiring skincare tips. Hope to see you on Saturday!
Amy + Jenn
Everything we make is waterless: which eliminates the need for harsh preservatives and filler ingredients making our formulas the richest, purest and most potent they could possibly be.
Kunye began as a thesis project when I was in university. The idea was to create a skincare company that did just that – actually cared for the skin rather than harming it. The products had to be designed to heal the skin rather than just treat the “symptoms” of common skin ailments like acne, dryness, wrinkles and rosacea. But, I also knew from personal experience as a makeup artist and through my own journey to healthy skin that it’s about more than just great products. It requires an integrative approach that considers all factors of healthy skin, inside and out.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE SKINCARE?
I learned to make skincare out of necessity. I have very sensitive skin and had negative reactions to everything from my makeup to my shampoo. I started educating myself on how to make cleaner alternatives to the products I loved. I approached people who had mastered the art of formulation and asked them to take me under their wing. From there it took practice and a bit of trial and error to perfect the formulas that are in the collection today.
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
My ingredients come from all over the world. My primary goal is to source ingredients that are organic and sustainable whenever possible.
WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME ?
My family is from Zimbabwe and Kunye is a Zulu word for “one.” I chose Kunye for a number of reasons. It’s a reminder that we only have one body, one skin, and that the two are united and need to be taken care of synergistically rather than separately.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU ?
I’m inspired by global beauty. Particularly rituals from the African, Asian and European cultures. For example, I am working on a collection using Camellia seed oil, which has been prized in Asia for centuries for its hydrating and youth preserving properties. Right now, i’m also really into the KBeauty (Korean Beauty) movement. They have incredible rituals and very creative products.
ANYTHING NEW FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON ?
There is always something new in the works! We’ve got some kits getting set to launch as well as wellness products that i’m really excited about and a new collection that features roses in various forms.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR KUNYE?
Currently the focus is on attending the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC later this year.
SHOP OUR SELECTION OF KUNYE!
WHAT DO YOU MAKE ?
I make macrame wall hangings, keychains, and bracelets from artisanal linen which I hand dye with botanicals.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU MAKING AND CREATING ?
I’ve always been up to something creative. I had a very imaginative and creative upbringing, music and the arts were highly valued in our home. My grandmother was a fashion designer and my mother was an actress and later educator/curator of contemporary art. As a kid I did basically every craft I could get my hands on, a lot of sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery with my grandmother.
HOW DID YOU LEARN THE ART OF MACRAME ?
I learned macrame at summer camp in the late 80’s when I was about ten years old. I was completely obsessed with it for years. By the time I was like 13 or 14, I had this handwritten list in my back pocket with all the kids at camp who wanted a hair wrap or friendship bracelet. Many many years later, in 2009, a friend forwarded me an email from the interior design department at Aritzia. They were looking for a macrame artist to build installations for some new stores they were opening. I spent the next eight months researching patterns and building large scale macrame wall hangings made from boating rope. I made 70 pieces in total and some were installed right into the cabinetry and changing room booths.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY ?
I went to art school at Concordia University in Montreal and studied video art and photography. While in school, I worked for a fashion designer cutting and sewing, something I’ve always loved doing. After moving back to Vancouver in 2004, and working in various film related jobs, I enrolled in a one year fashion program. Soon after that I started selling my hand knit merino wool scarves and jewelry in a few Canadian stores, on Etsy, and at craft markets.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TOOLS, MATERIALS & PROCESSES?
At the moment, I’m using linen ropes sourced via an Eastern European wholesaler who deals with local flax growers and mills working in an ethical and sustainable way.
I do all the dyeing myself, at home in my kitchen. I use edibles as dye stuff, things like onion skins, berries, beans and teas make great, rich colour. I use things like soya milk, salt and vinegar as mordants to bind the colour to the fibres.
I strive to work with the most natural raw materials that I can get my hands on because I care deeply about creating work that is environmentally responsible. My pieces won’t off-gas chemicals into your home or onto your skin and will eventually biodegrade without leaching contaminants into the water and soil.
Galit Mastai is a Vancouver based fibre artist, with a BFA in Fine Arts from Montreal’s Concordia University. She is inspired by the beaches and coastline of her native British Columbia. Her new series of macrame wall hangings evolved from a study of the colors and textures in the strata of rock formations. When looking at each piece in this new collection, it is hard not to get lost in the intricacy of each knot and the painterly sections of colour and pattern that the fibres take on. The collection plays with scale from larger pieces to precious minis with a total of 8 pieces. Each piece is constructed from artisanal linen ropes which have been hand dyed with botanical colour from the like of strawberries, hibiscus petals, onion skins and more.
Join us on Saturday March 12th from 2-4 for an opportunity to meet Galit and learn more about her process and inspiration.
The work will be on display until May 14th, pricing is available upon request.
Please enjoy the below interview with Galit! xo
WHAT DO YOU LOVE BEST ABOUT WORKING WITH FIBER AND MACRAME ?
Macrame is very peaceful and meditative work. I love getting into that quiet, dreamy place and losing myself in the repetitive patterns.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS MOST RECENT WORK ?
This show was inspired by the craggy rockfaces found along the British Columbia coastline. I’m just in awe of the geological strata with countless levels of texture and colour, building on one another. It’s like the most sophisticated painting, I could stare at it for hours.
To see more of Galit’s beautiful work, visit her Etsy shop!
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