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
Photography and stitches that reveal memory and
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
development, personal and contemporary issues are simultaneously explored.
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.
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.