research + writing

knit sketches knit sketches

Series of knit sketches for Breathing, and two upcoming pieces blanket (blood) and tendency from 2010 to present. The intimacy of our understanding of knit cloth is fascinating to me, both as social fabric and as object of compassion. In the new work, I am just beginning to investigate knit cloth as an analog not only […]

writing writing

Essays, exhibition texts and other writing from 2005 to present. All text authored by Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, © 2014 all rights reserved. 2014 Statement “My studio practice is rooted in a contemplative approach to cloth construction using natural materials and plant-sourced colour. I favour compositional strategies where both the duration of and intervals between pattern elements […]

Air over land | material study Air over land | material study

On July 2, 2011, I traveled with my partner Kristofer Kelly to land owned by my parents near Delia, Alberta. There we set up a maquette for a series of large textile sculptures that became Air over land. Read more about this project on ArtClothText


exhibitions + press

“Frequency” opens February 22

“Frequency” opens February 22

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 in exhibition, news

Read more about this exhibition on ArtClothText.

“In the making” opens at IKG this week

“In the making” opens at IKG this week

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 in exhibition, news

I set up my work (Codex 1 and 2) in the Illingworth Kerr Gallery yesterday. Here I am cleaning the glass on the two tables that will show my weaving. My husband Kris designed and created these beautiful supports for two, two metre pieces of glass. (Considering the thumbnail I showed him they are all the more […]

“The intimacy of cloth made by hand, and our centuries-old familiarity with it make cloth not only related to the body, but itself (an)other body. In my recent work I am compelled by the way in which cloth may intimate both human presence and absence (often simultaneously) and have begun to explore the notion of embodiment as it relates to the praxis of making cloth by hand. As a material aggregation of dedicated gestures, breath and thought enacted through an interval of time – cloth tacitly communicates the immaterial and enmeshes the intangible.”   - Mackenzie Kelly-Frère


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