A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Pat Burns-Wendland
The Spider’s Web Studio
607065 River Rd. R.R. #3
Shelburne, ON
L0N 1S7

Pat Burns-Wendland is a handweaver and master spinner. In 2000, Pat graduated from Seneca College with High Honours in the Dressmaking Certificate Program. Recently her work has taken on another dimension that being surface design. Pat has won several awards for her handwoven designs and has been accepted into juried art shows such as Insights; Fresh Art Fresh Air; and Headwaters Festival Juried Art Show.

" As a fibre artist the concept of Grave Goods conjured up images of black garments, somber faces, bodies wrapped in cloth for burial. I decided to approach these burial cloths and garments from a slightly whimsical point of view. This concept has taken me out of my realm of clothing, where I feel comfortable creating, to a more artistic approach to cloth and design. "

‘My Shroud Has Pockets’
Handwoven cotton with painted images. Commercial silk gauze panel with sewn pockets containing charms (porcelain created by Rosemary Molesworth)

Clichés such as "you can’t take it with you" or "shrouds don’t have pockets" were the inspiration for this piece. The image imprinted on the cloth is that of the artist (wrapped in plastic, then covered in textile paint, the cloth was then lowered onto the body then rolled with a clean roller) the other images were silk screened onto the cloth.
Many cultures buried prized possessions with their dead to comfort them in the afterlife. Coins were put into pockets to appease gods and spirits; symbolic charms or dolls expressed the deceased’s life. My shroud? well, the observer can surmise what these objects mean to my life.

‘Memories Shroud’
Handwoven cotton panel. Images have been silk screened on to the cloth using textile paint.

Those who have had near death experiences relate being greeted by relatives and friends who have already passed on and a long tunnel with a brilliant light appearing at the end.
The Memories shroud is a handwoven panel with images, created from original photographs, reproduced onto thermo fax screens then screened using textile pigments. All the images are of deceased friends and relative who have impacted on the artist’s life.

‘The Merry Widow’
Handwoven tencel cloth in 8-harness twill weave structure. Lining is hand dyed, stamped and stenciled silk.

The traditional side of this black mourning coat suits the concept of somber funeral rites, sadness, loss, and despair. The lining, however, is brilliant red with screened images of funeral lilies expressing a sense of freedom, relief or possibly jubilation?


Text and Objects copyright the individual artist. A general statement of copyright can be found HERE