Visual artist Maria Flawia Litwin was at The Banff Centre recently for a self-directed residency. I spoke to her about her project, which involved weaving, Banff National Park, and a six-foot loom.
I came to The Banff Centre with the intention of making a blanket for the National Park. I wanted to explore the idea of making something for a space that’s vast and unfeasible. You can’t leave anything behind and you can’t take anything away from the park, because it’s such a special environment, and a protected environment. So I thought of the idea of how this logically could happen, and what I came up with was an illusion, because realistically you could never really make a blanket for the park. I actually structured the loom in such a way that I could carry it outdoors. It has these portable legs, that I just bolt it into and I could take it anywhere. Schlepping that loom was not easy! It’s almost my height, and it’s icy out there, and cold, and wind catches the loom. It actually collapsed on me at a few points. But that’s where the magic happens.
To see more of Maria’s weaving project in action, click here.