Amanda McCavour
Mary Robertson Textile Award for $500

In her practice, Amanda McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and large-scale installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength, so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawings can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they can be easily unraveled. Seemingly on the verge of falling apart, they are in contrast to the work’s revealed strength. Amanda is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

Amanda holds a BFA from York University, and an MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She has shown her work in galleries nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions opening in 2016 in Cornerbrook (NL, Canada), Washington (PA, USA) and Olympia (WA, USA). Amanda has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio (Toronto, ON); at Maison des metiers d’art de Quebec (Quebec City, QC); at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, YT); and at Gros Morne Craft Council (National Park, NL).

http://amandamccavour.com

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