Fredericton Arts Alliance Artists of the Week (July 9-15)

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Art is made from paper and silk – among other things

Two Fredericton artists will be using newspaper clippings and hand-dyed silk during residencies in the Garrison District from July 9 to 15.

The Artists in Residence program, organized by the Fredericton Arts Alliance, will bring Leo Hayes High School student Dhanista Ambwani and award-winning fabric artist Tracy Austin together for a week of creation in Casemate #11 of the Soldiers’Barracks.

Ambwani plans to use acrylic, watercolours and newspaper clippings about the 2008 and 2018 floods to create the shape of the St. John (Wolastoq) River. She will ask visitors to the casemate for adjectives they would use to describe the river and incorporate their answers into her work.

Austin, who launched her own fashion line Steampetal in 2013, will be designing 40 cm tall fashion sculptures using hand-dyed cotton and silk, augmented by surface techniques to create a dynamic visual effect.

The program encourages visitors from Fredericton and beyond to interact with the artists during their week-long residencies. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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