Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig

Fiber and photography
March 6th-April 2nd

Closing Reception: Saturday April 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm

The exhibit presents recent work by Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig that incorporates the elements of time, nature and contemplation. Both artists working with fiber, demonstrate unique approaches to their goal of bringing the viewer closer to share in a quiet contemplative place.

Artist Statement
Norma Bradley

Photography and stitches that reveal memory and experience

My recent work addresses the notion of intimacy, contemplation and experience. I like the idea of contrasting handwork with technology, of drawing with the needle and colors of thread and using the digital process to develop and print
on silk. The size of the image invites intimacy. Fiber holds memory and energy. Through the stitch I reconnect with observations and conversations with our natural environment. As our environment continues to get carved away by
development, personal and contemporary issues are simultaneously explored.

Artist Statement
Vicki Essig

I am fascinated with light and translucency, the contrast between the fragile, and the strong. With natural materials, I show the small and delicate as the powerful and significant. My work is comprised of fine handwoven fiber. I incorporate into these weavings, small found objects that find a home in the subtle piece. The work is then framed with double glass, allowing for the intricate piece to remain transparent. Shadows originating from the composition give it an extra dimension.
In viewing my work, my hope is that you will for at least a moment, become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and beauty of nature and pattern.

Vicki Essig

Emerging artist Vicki Essig grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Her move to Appalachia allowed her to join and pursue the long craft tradition of hand weaving. Exploring textiles throughout Europe and parts of the East and Middle East she brought with her to  the Smokey Mountains the love of textiles. Here, she discovered her fascination of the hand woven at world renowned craft schools and studied at Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program.  Vicki is a member of the southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen and a founding member of Ariel Contemporary Craft Gallery and currently exhibits her work at Blue Spiral 1 in Downtown Asheville. Vicki Essig has received recognition at shows and exhibitions, is in many private collections and has recently taught at Penland School of Craft.
Vicki maintains a full time studio in Asheville, NC., where she collaborates and works along side her husband Daniel Essig.


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