“Echoes of Land and Sea” an open studio for Rome Art Week

Come and celebrate Rome Art Week at Counterweave’s open studio on Tuesday 23 October 5:00-9:00pm. Counterweave will be showing the work of textile artists Felicity Griffin Clark and Olga Teksheva in “Echoes of Land and Sea”.

Textile art and fiber art are two fields of contemporary art that are still little known in Italy, where embroidery, weaving, quilting and crocheting are still considered “making” and “craft”, but are rarely seen as “proper art”. This vision is quite different from what’s going on in other countries, mainly UK, US, Australia, France, Russia and Scandinavian countries.

That’s why the Open House at Counterweave Arts is a rare event of contemporary Roman art scene and is really worth visiting. This event is organized by Felicity Griffin Clark (Australian artist and writer, now living in Rome) and Olga Teksheva (textile and fiber artist born in Moscow and based in Rome), and curated by Velia Littera.

Felicity Griffin Clark has been working with textiles since 2005 and has exhibited in Australia, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, South Africa and the US. She uses a range of media and techniques to combine colours, textures and meanings in unconventional ways. She has a deep knowledge of traditional craft skills and uses them unexpectedly. Felicity likes people to be intrigued by her work: able to recognize elements (such as embroidery stitches) but surprised by the context, or by the meaning of the work.

Olga Teksheva started her artistic career in 2011 as an embroidery artist, working mainly in haute couture and contemporary embroidery, and also creating artistic textiles as wearable art. After a few fashion seasons she began to perceive wearable art projects as “restricting”, both in measurements and practical sense, and gradually passed to visual art, transforming and “deforming” traditional techniques of textile manipulation. In 2017 she created her first large fiber installation, and since then developed more projects in this direction.

Both artists share passion for innovation in traditional craft skills, experimentation, surprise, elaborating precious, intrinsic textures. Both of them are interested in conveying deep emotions such as grief, memory, trauma and stigma; but also courage, resistance, hope and joy. The colours, rhythms and textures of landscapes and seascapes evoke and reflect these emotional states and can provide a key to working through them.

For those visitors who would like to see the exhibiton from the 24th to the 27th of October, you can book an appointment by clicking on this link to Calendly.

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