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TAP Centre for Creativity

We're Sew Screwed! Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception for We're Sew Screwed! The opening reception will be taking place on March 14th from 5pm until 7pm.

We're Sew Screwed! Opening Reception
We're Sew Screwed! Opening Reception

Time & Location

Mar 14, 2024, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

Join us for the opening reception for We're Sew Screwed! The opening reception will be taking place on March 14th from 5pm until 7pm.

We’re Sew Screwed! This is the sentiment expressed by second-year Fanshawe College Fine Art students as they reflect on the precarious state of our natural world and examine the causes of the current ecological crisis. We can no longer escape the onslaught of climate change and environmental destruction that lies before us. Forest fires have been raging across the land, plastic pollution and oil spills threaten our oceans and water resources, carelessly disposed garbage endangers living creatures, overuse of pesticides obliterates natural pollinators, pollutants poison the air we breathe, while carbon emissions and greenhouse gases resulting from food waste and fast fashion contribute to further devastation. In these students’ opinion, the generations before them have greedily and carelessly damaged our environment in ways that are threatening to obliterate life on Earth. So, as contemporary artists, how can they try to help? The wall hangings and soft sculptures in this exhibition are assembled from repurposed textiles and yarn using hand-crafted techniques including traditional sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting, crochet and beading as well as shredding and knotting to bring attention to these serious issues using materials that are generally associated with comfort, protection, and domesticity. These student artists yearn to make our society aware of nature’s vulnerability through their art. They are rejecting society’s emphasis on materialism, accumulation, and excessive wealth in favour of giving voice to a cause which is all too vital – the need to protect our natural world. Using their needles, they are pricking our consciences and sewing their ideas into view.

The works in this exhibition have been created by students enrolled in the Visual Research course in the second year of the Fanshawe College Fine Art program.

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