Weaving Nostalgia and Environmental Change


his Town is Small and Close to the Water 2011-12; 28.5" x 38.5"; handwoven, embroidered, hand-dyed; wool, cotton, silk

This Town is Small and Close to the Water 2011-12; 28.5″ x 38.5″; handwoven, embroidered, hand-dyed; wool, cotton, silk

Stories of Canada’s east coast, environmental longevity, and nostalgia are captured through this artist’s work. Based in Prince Edward’s Island, hand-weaver and textile artist, Rilla Marshall, maintains an active weaving practice, incorporating both functional and artistic textiles. Marshall graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004 where she majored in textiles, and travelled to Sweden in 2012 to research Scandinavian hand-weaving, as a recipient of the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship. Marshall’s art is particularly influenced by the uniqueness of East Coast culture place and landscape largely shape one’s identity.

Her new body of work, The Liminal Project, explores the changing shoreline geography of Atlantic Canada, translating aerial images, mapping techniques and geographical data into hand-weaving, embroidery and crochet. The shorelines of Prince Edward Island are transforming annually as a result of erosion, human activity, and potential sea level rises. Through her work, Marshall cleverly, yet subtly asks us to consider the vitality of our coastal environment, and self-examine our role in its preservation.