Art is the way I keep my balance in a changing world.
For me, balance does not mean stasis. I recognize that in nature, just as in the social environment, things are in a constant state of flux. But I still strive to find a point of equilibrium, even if it is only transitory. My goal is to find, and to offer, a small island of calm to the viewer.
I choose fibre as my medium because of the variety of textures available to me. From the beginning I included hand woven wools and pleated organzas with the flatter cottons and silks. Recently my work has become increasingly three dimensional as I include knitted elements in my pieces.
I have been making and selling fibre art for over twenty years, and very much enjoy interacting with the viewing public.
I am privileged to be a member of the Kingston Fibre Artists, a group of women who are interested in experimenting with the medium, and from whom I derive both energy and inspiration.
Avi Jacob interviews Phillida Hargreaves For local artist, Phillida Hargreaves, the world of art is “totally open.” She works in her home in a bright room with large bay windows overlooking lake and trees – full of life all year round. Phillida works with fabrics and wool to create scenes both imagined and witnessed. […]
Phillida Hargreaves Narrow Spaces New works in Textile & Fibre May 3 to June 8, 2014 This exhibition is about narrow spaces in the urban landscape. I am drawn to narrow spaces at the same time as I am anxious to move through them. It is this ambivalence that I explore through art. My intent […]