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new knit work in progress new knit work in progress

Here are few images of a series of knit objects based on simple algorithms. Read a little more about this work in progress HERE.   Below are other knit sketches for works in progress from 2010 on. The intimacy of our understanding of knit cloth is fascinating to me, both as social fabric and as an […]

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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

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Incidence Vernissage February 4

Incidence Vernissage February 4

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 in exhibition, news

Montreal friends, please join me for the opening of my exhibition Incidence Trames la galerie at the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal February 4, 2016 at 5 pm.

Incidence at Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal

Incidence at Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in exhibition, news

February 4 to March 17 a selection of recent weaving and a few hand-knit works will be shown at Trames la galerie at the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal. This is my first solo exhibition in Quebec and I am very pleased to be travelling there in a few weeks to install the exhibition. I […]

Interlacing Conversations at ICCA

Interlacing Conversations at ICCA

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in news

This Sunday, August 30 Interlacing Conversations opens at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Nova Scotia. I am thrilled to be a part of this exhibition curated by Elizabeth Whalley featuring the work of, Joanna Close, Barb Hunt, Robyn Love and others. The opening reception is from 6 pm until 9 pm at ICCA. Everyone is […]

Cast-offs | knitting progress

Cast-offs | knitting progress

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 in news

This week I’ve been collecting finished pieces from knitters in Calgary for Cast-offs. These will soon be sent to the Inverness County Centre for the Arts to be installed on the grounds outside the museum. The piece will be part of the exhibition Interlacing Conversations opening August 30, 2015. So far we have twenty-five pieces with more on […]

Cast-offs at ICCA

Cast-offs at ICCA

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 in news

I am excited to share a new project that has been in the works for a few months now. Cast-offs is a site-specific installation of hand knitting that I have conceived for the grounds of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts (ICCA) in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for the exhibition Interlacing Conversations August 30 […]

“Here and There” at the Alberta Craft Council

“Here and There” at the Alberta Craft Council

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in exhibition, news

Knit object 140716 and Codex 4 will be shown in Here and There, a group exhibition in the Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery in Edmonton from July 11 to October 18, 2015. The opening reception is July 18. Exhibiting artists include: Dawn Detarando (Red Deer), Evelyn Grant (Vancouver), Scott Hardy (Longview), Mackenzie Kelly-Frere (Calgary), Rachelle LeBlanc (St […]

“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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