Artist, Designer, Traveler, Writer, Photographer

NANCY ENGSTAD

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WELCOME TO “WEBS AND THREADS” BLOG

“Webs And Threads” describes the link between my fine art practice and my interest and experience with textiles. The materiality and processes involved in working with fabric and paper provide the focus for much of my work, all of which have evolved from my primary interest and life-long experience with drawing.

From 2000-2007 I attempted to bridge the interests and experiences of  my “fine art” and my “craft”, in this case, textiles and textile design. The result was a large body of work which came to be known as “The Threads Project”. With this project I addressed what I felt was an ongoing issue in comtemporary art, the perceptions and value of art based on process and material~the division I felt still existed between art and craft.

Works in “The Threads Project” used the element of “thread” as both medium and subject in drawings, works on paper, textile pieces, unique prints, paintings, sculpture, and digital drawings.

Works from “The Threads Project” have been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States, including two Fiber Directions exhibitions in Wichita, Kansas.

In 2009 I completed a ninety-page book documenting the ideas and work of that project, “What The Surface Reveals: The Threads Project 2001-2007″.

These book links will take you to the Blurb Bookstore where the books made be viewed in their entirety.

WHAT THE SURFACE REVEALS-The Threads Project 2001-2007

What The Surface Reveals: The Threads Project 2001-2007

Ideas from “The Threads Project” developed into “Web Paintings and Drawings”, which feature the use of a triangular motif, the “Stitch-Mark” on paper  and “The Stitch-Mark” in paintings.

The relationship between processes such as staining that are common to both my early textile work and recent paintings and works on paper continue in new work since 2008.

PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, WORKS ON PAPER 2006-2012

Paintings, Drawings, Works On Paper 2006-2012

Since 2005 digital photography has also become another method of expression. Opportunities offered by inverting imagery have resulted in a body of work and two books of these images, “The Other Side of Paris” and “Sunlight And Shadow”.

The Other Side of Paris

The Other Side of Paris

Sunlight And Shadow-Photos of The de Young Museum

Sunlight And Shadow

In my work I have often investigated the relationship of text and image in altered books and hand-made books as well as  a book of my poems illustrated with original drawings titled “The Dreamer’s Eyes”.

The Dreamer's Eyes

The Dreamer’s Eyes

 

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2 responses

  1. I wanted to thank you for this very good read!!
    I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you book
    marked to look at new stuff you post…

    June 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    • I’m glad that you found Webs And Threads interesting. Thanks for looking.

      June 10, 2014 at 9:56 am

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