2018 Art on Stage by Suendrini

We are proud to team up with Toronto artist and Art In The County 2013 winner, Suendrini for the seventh concert (wow seven already!) combining Canadian indie music with Artful Waste on stage.

Meadow Life is the title of the installation she is currently creating for our 2018 County Pop stage, at the historical Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario. This year’s creation will be her largest up cycled textile installation and will have individually handcrafted wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Title of Installation: MEADOW LIFE
Theme: Ontarian meadows
Up cycled Medium: discontinued commercial textile, remnant marine rope, single-use plastic bags (as batting filler)
Dimension: 25 feet x 6 feet

Meadow Life is created with the intention to express a local touch point of beauty reinterpreted in unlikely and unforeseen places. This cross-sectional, semi-abstract stage art arrangement is a snapshot of a meadow from above and below the ground. Materials are carefully chosen to represent the hand-cut and detailed elements, such as grassland creatures, wildflowers, native grasses, fibrous roots systems, organic matter and various layers of earth. The piece will symbolically represent the vital significance and diversity of a meadow, which may be a seemingly simple landscape at first glance.

Method and Details:
Stitched throughout the textile meadow will be blooming Blackeyed Susan, Cardinal flowers and Wild Bergamot hovering above the permeable ground, which nest grassland birds and other creatures.

This penetrating plant-mass community, becomes the extensive root systems in her method, as unravelled, frayed and knotted County-sourced marine rope remnants are stitched on to the larger work, in order to echo this complexity in nature, into textile.

Seventy-three hand-cut, geometrical and padded forms in earthtone textiles will provide the visual weightiness and heavy textural contrast to the lower half of this 25 foot wide piece.

The 3D multi segments are meant to cast shadows and absorb the ambient lighting - in a way that layers of soil, organic material and aggregate do the same. Suendrini added muddy blue hues to reflect a shallow ground water flow and a recharging aquifer, located deeper still.

Here are 3 notable resources from her research that informed her latest work:

https://www.kew.org/blogs/in-the-gardens/why-meadows-matter
https://trca.ca/conservation/restoration/meadows/
http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/list1.html

You can follow Suendrini for upcoming progress pictures in preparation for our show at Instagram (artful_waste) and twitter (@ArtfulWaste).

The 2018 County Pop installation is the first of three original up cycled textile installations on stage by Suendrini this year. Learn more about her work and future 2018 shows at www.suendrini.com

Coming this summer to her website - Suendrini is excited to share a collection of smaller, one-of-a-kind pieces that she will have for sale to enhance your space with nature reinterpreted in textile.

 

2017 Art on Stage by Suendrini

Original, handcrafted up cycled textile art returns to County Pop 2017! Off the heels of receiving the Helen Gregor Award as part of Craft Ontario’s 40th Anniversary, Suendrini once again brings her eco-friendly spotlight as part of her on-going body of work, Artful Waste, to the environmental concerns of climate change.

One way to empathize with nature is by being true to science; denying science
is not sustainable. Below is her concept sketch and a poem she wrote.

Long View Wonder
Visualizing the importance of Science & Nature
Time asks “Is truth dead?”
Gore states truth can be inconvenient.
The way things are playing out…
Come on quit being lenient!

Mother Earth has no time for tears, fears and jeers.
As we adjust our eyes, we harm her at our peril.
So it’s a good thing we’ve got Atwood, Young, Suzuki, Smith
And of course golden Meryl.

On this island in Eastern Ontario,
here’s the scenario…

Come visualize the importance of Nature and Science
A synthesized aesthetic solution of present day events.
Here Nature and Science will serve as a point of convergence
Through an enviro-creative lens.

In other words my textiles are bee and science-friendly.
Sharing my next original up-cycled piece on the main stage,
I’m humbled and getting ready…
Come on heavenly bodies, get on the same page
Cause County Pop’17 is all the rage!

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Suendrini’s latest up cycled textile piece, Long View Wonder is inspired by
the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and bees with their honeycomb
hives. These two natural and scientific marvels in their familiar structural
forms will pop in harmony, while contrasting colour, texture and symbolic
patterns play with the twinkling County Pop banner.

The JWST’s eighteen, golden mirror segments and the thriving beehive,
rendered in up cycled textiles will attempt to lead your imagination to a
deeper engagement with both nature and science. The concept reflects upon
the scope and depth of the informed scientific consensus based upon truths
that will echo for generations.

Here are 3 notable resources from her research that informed her latest work:

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2017/03/house-of-commonscommittee-
to-open-hearings-on-neonic-pesticide-with-industry-bi/


https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Bees/bees3.php

https://jwst.nasa.gov/index.html

You can follow Suendrini for upcoming progress pictures in preparation for
the show at Instagram (artful_waste) and/or twitter (@ArtfulWaste) and
learn more about her work at http://suendrini.com/textile-art-on-stage, or
watch this video that tells the story of her work from last year:

 Suendrini's art makes the County Pop 2016 stage really pop!

Suendrini's art makes the County Pop 2016 stage really pop!