PLANES AND ENVELOPES is an art exhibition that brings together for the first time, two artists (Ginette Chittick and Hazel Lim) who employ the use of simple materials such as yarn and paper to create woven artworks that highlight the intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Using pared down materials such as the kapok yarn and semi-translucent paper, they fashion them through intricate patterning to create large-scale objects. These objects celebrate the versatility of the materials used, highlighting their intrinsic forms, colours and materiality.
The title of this exhibition – Planes and Envelopes refers to the mountain and valley folds a weave makes, a modular pattern that can be permutated to produce a larger object. Ginette’s kapok cotton and wool blend is hand spun to fabricate a series of tapestries, and collaged with other materials such as wood. As for Hazel, she folds modularly made coloured pieces of paper repeatedly, joining them in an interlocking pattern to form larger, malleable pieces of sculptural forms that interact with light and shadows.
The repetitive process of weaving is vital to both artists’ in carving out their own personal space, untainted by other distractions, yet reflecting a ritualistic and meditative energy. It echoes the unseen labour and detailed hand work that females in many cultures engage in: weaving, embroidery, knitting, quilting, crocheting, tapestries, origami and basket weaving.