The Capitol Theatre is delighted to present a new exhibit of Robin Wiltse’s fibre art in the theatre lobby.
You are invited to an opening reception on Thursday, October 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre to celebrate Wiltse’s exquisite artwork.
“As an artist I observe and absorb colour, inspired by the play of light and the spaces in between. Working with fibre I am drawn to the weightless, familiar and tactile luminosity of wool,” Wiltse says about her art of felting.
She has been striving for control and detail with a single needle, entangling loose strands into patterns, forms and illustrations. She builds stories with layers delighting in the harmonies and discords that occur in the relationships of colors.
Felting is thousands of years old and is thought to be one of the earliest know materials made by man. Felt has been used for garments, footwear, rugs, dwellings (yurts) and even body armour.
“I find I am drawn to felting because of the texture of wool and way each fibre holds colour,” Wiltse says. “The transformation of raw fleece into felt is a process that never ceases to amaze me.”
Wiltse was born on Vancouver Island and grew up on a rural farm in Black Creek. It was while attending The Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson that she learned and was enchanted by the art of felting.She currently resides in Kaslo.