In February the Port Townsend Gallery features Tin Can Art, Temari & Weaving
Rebekah Cadorette and Ann Norton bring a fascination for color and a love of texture to their elegantly simple garments and scarves. Versatile, functional, and beautiful, the ponchos, ruanas, and shawls are ideal for the Northwest's temperate weather. Norton hand spins and dyes her fibers as well, making each of her shawls a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Cadorette has spent the last three years exploring the Japanese folk art of temari. Each ornament is a fusion of color and design, wrapped in complicated and eye-catching patterns.
Cadorette and Norton have been weaving as a team for over ten years.
And while each has a distinct style and focus, they love the synchronicity found in bringing their individual creations together.
Loran Scruggs has been making works out of tin cans since 1991; the first piece being a 3D dragon head. She primarily worked in 3D then, creating patterns on paper and then transferring them to tin. Cutting, folding, rivets and slot and tab construction were methods she used. Bottle caps became a large part of her work in 2002 when she started making whistles. The plaques started shortly after that, 2D flat pieces created by cutting and nailing tin to wood. She is always on the lookout for bottle caps and tin cans and has a large collection of both. Loran's art work is about joy, play and reuse. Printed tin and bottle caps are joyous to her, with their color and glints of shine. Her work references childhood, as that was a time of the most play.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 5 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, February 4th. For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.