#stitchers

Featuring Jennifer Lamontagne, Hannah Ferrante, Trisha Danforth, Courtney Sanborn, Meri Sawatzky, Emily Wright

Gallery 263 is excited to present our latest Exhibition Proposal Series show, #stitchers. This exhibition features six women artists from around the world who met on the social media platform Instagram. In their practices, the artists investigate what it means to elevate the traditional medium of hand embroidery in the context of the fine arts community, and how their art can be accessible and inspire others on social media. Through the exploration of incorporating mixed media elements into their embroidery and the act of depicting deeply personal narratives — such as gender assumptions, family stories, and more — these artists are challenging the notion of embroidery as a pastime craft.

Not all of the artists have met in person. Instead, they utilize Instagram to engage with each other and the larger embroidery community. Artist Courtney Sandborn of Dover, NH mentored artist Jennifer Lamontagne of Quincy, MA in both embroidery and painting during their time at the University of New Hampshire. Years later, Jennifer returned to embroidery and began posting her experiments on Instagram. She discovered Emily Wright of Manchester, England, Meri Sawatzky of Victoria, BC, Canada, and Trisha Danforth of Worcester, MA through hashtags while looking for unique ways people were working with embroidery, and began engaging with them through posts, stories, and direct messages. Later, Trisha Danforth introduced Jennifer to Hannah Ferrante of Grafton, MA, also through Instagram. Inspired by their art and seeing how their work complements each other, Jennifer connected all five stitchers to propose and curate this show.

Jennifer Lamontagne, Trisha Danforth, Meri Sawatzky, and Emily Wright explore abstract shapes, texture, and color. Their embroideries draw inspiration from nature and personal memories. Courtney Sanborn and Hannah Ferrante develop narrative imagery of human figures and focus on storytelling.

Press

‘Knot’ Your Average Embroidery at Gallery 263 – #stitchers by William Kryjak of Boston Hassle

The Weekender: April 19-21, Natalie Kurtzman of The Boston Day Book

On view: March 21 – April 20, 2019
Reception: Friday, March 22, 7-9PM
Artist Demo: Tuesday, April 2, 6-8PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 6, 2-4PM

About the Artists

Jennifer Lamontagne of Quincy, MA, explores texture and color, using traditional embroidery stitches to form complex abstract landscapes.

Hannah Ferrante of Grafton, MA, exposes gender assumptions tied to fiber mediums, and explores what differentiates fiber art and crafting through imagery of human figures.

Trisha Danforth of Worcester, MA, employs multi-media to create whimsical embroidery studies reminiscent of botanicals and nature.

Courtney Sanborn of Dover, NH, develops playful yet dark narratives, often representing herself and family as characters in her stories.

Meri Sawatzky of Victoria, BC, Canada, creates imaginative mixed-media embroideries playing with the fine line between dreams and reality.

Emily Wright of Manchester, England, composes abstract embroideries inspired by the coastline and tidal pools near her home in the UK, focusing on the textures that surround her.