On Display: UNB Art Centre hosts work by weaver I-Chun Jenkins

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Weaving with Paper: Works by I-Chun Jenkins will be on virtual display January 21 – March 4.

Language of Art, 202, recycled magazine and book pages, 50.8 x 76.2 cm

The UNB Art Centre starts the year off with an exhibition of work by weaver I-Chun Jenkins. Between the Lines will be on view from January 21- March 4 in the UNB Art Centre’s Online Gallery.  

Stepping outside of the traditional weaving practice, Jenkins finds inspiration in repurposed magazines rather than traditional natural or synthetic fibres. This exhibit of finely crafted woven paper works features pages which are meticulously cut, sliced, woven, crocheted, or folded together to create images that have a personal resonance for the artist.  

I-Chun Jenkins is an award-winning artist and a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Textile studio where she was first introduced to hand dying and weaving techniques.  Over time her focus changed as her love of glossy magazines and children’s illustrations became fused with her concern for the environment. Allowing her to channel her creative energy into this unique artform, I-Chun Jenkins, combines traditional techniques with contemporary materials to produce one-of-a-kind works of art. 

The exhibit will be accompanied by a catalogue which features a short introduction by Susan Vida Judah, one of I-Chun’s most influential teachers at NBCCD. Ms. Judah is herself a renowned fibre artist who served as the Head of the Textile and Weaving Studio at NBCCD (1985-1994) and who was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1989.  

The gallery hopes the public will be able to view these works in-personl after Level 3 of the Government of New Brunswick’s COVID-19 Winter Plan is lifted.  

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.  The galleries are open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays and during special events. Admission is free to members of the public, however proof of vaccination and masks are required.  

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