Frances Solar is a contemporary Canadian artist who combines traditional textile techniques with unconventional materials to create unique woven sculpture, both free standing and wall mounted.

I enjoy using these 'masculine' materials and hardware pieces - washers, electrical whatevers, bike parts and gears - and turning them into quilts and basket vessels with more of a domestic/feminine dynamic.

I don't know where this fascination comes from nor do I have any idea what the proper use of most of these things might be. I am intrigued by the ways that the shapes, patinas, and colours of prosaic materials and objects can be recombined into a different pattern in a new context.


Francess Solar