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U982.17.25
Artist / Maker : Halfnight, Sharon
Title : Untitled (Banner)
Date (Execution) : 1976
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group :
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Fibre, nylon, cotton
Support / Technique : sewn
Object Type : hangings (coverings)
Visual Description : Nylon stitched banner. Grey whale in purple/blue water. Orange/pink sky.
Accession # : U982.17.25
Width (cm) : 430.00
Height (cm) : 530.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of Public Works Canada
Artist Statement : There are two distinctively different types of fabric art in the "The Habitat Collection". These are banners and batiks. They are both fabric art but they differ significantly in their respective materials, traditions and methods of creation. The Habitat Batiks are made of cotton. Batiks are generally made of natural fibres such as cotton or silk which can be successfully dyed to develop a complex and beautiful overlay of colour on one single surface. Wax is used as a 'resist' throughout the process of dye application to protect the fabric from unwanted dye penetration. The finished batik has been repeatedly waxed and dyed to achieve the design. All the wax is removed from the completed work. This is a very old method of textile design application used int eh Orient, particularly in Indonesia. Banners, as created for Habitat Forum, are almost exclusively constructed from recycled synthetic fabrics. These have been collaged together from many different fabrics and sewn very much as one would piece together a jig-saw puzzle. This method of fabric collage allowed the artists to assemble huge fabric collage allowed the artists to assemble huge fabric artworks much larger than the actual loomed textiles. This particular use of fabric is unusual. These artworks are unique in their scale to Habitat Forum. The traditional roots of such work may be found in quilting and applique techniques. The above is an over simplified description of both art forms. It is intended to yield up only a general understanding of the Habitat Collection, not serve as a definitive statement. -Sharon Halfnight [June 22, 1982, referring to U982.17.19-26]