|Noelle Hamlyn: Moirai II (detail), 2012, salt encrusted cotton embroidery, 57 x 26"||Noelle Hamlyn: Moirai VI (detail), 2012, salt encrusted cotton embroidery, 15 x 9"||Noelle Hamlyn: Moirai V (detail), 2012, salt encrusted silk embroidery, 20 x 20"|
I am intrigued by the possibilities of textiles – of textures and fibres to evoke emotion. I believe that our sense of touch is one of the most powerful and profound vehicles of human experience. Philsophically, touch and haptic sense can tigger emotional responses that are more profound than language. Thus, I am drawn to materials with strong tactile qualities as metaphors through which to explore concepts such as memory, relational attachments, cultural, family and personal narratives.
I am deeply committed to well-crafted work. To me, the technique and execution of the idea are as important as the concept itself. I am not afraid of creating beautiful objects.
Working with materials such as embroidered gampi paper, tea bags, book pages, silk, raw and hand spin wool, spun paper, and cotton, and using techniques such as smocking, free motion embroidery, hand spinning, weaving, burning and the wearing away of material, I create figurative and abstracted forms that are densely layered, much like the memories and stories with which I work.
Noelle Hamlyn is a graduate of Sheridan Institute’s Crafts and Design Program (Textiles), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her studio work has earned numerous awards and been shown across Canada and internationally. Noelle was selected to represent Canada at the International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea. Her work has been shown at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, is part of the permanent collections of the Cambridge Art Gallery and Cleveland University Hospitals and most recently, shown as part of the Love Lace International Lace Award at the Power House Museum in Sydney, Australia.