Turntable, wrapped in gold thread, (detail). 19"x12"15", 2012. Photo: Mark Kasumovic
Jolie Bird is a textile artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her MFA at NSCAD University in 2013 and had also studied at the Alberta University of the Arts and Capilano University. Currently, she is the Educational Art Technician for the Fibre Program at the Alberta University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and in the United States.
I aim to produce finely crafted, meaningful artworks for exhibition opportunities and domestic art objects for the home and body. Art, craft, design and everyday life provide an endless supply of inspiration for my artwork. I work predominantly with textiles and fibre but also include other mediums, found objects and installation into my practice. I am drawn to slow techniques like hand stitching, weaving and wrapping because they require an investment of time to complete. Quite often repetitive and slow building in nature, they can be mentally and physically demanding at the same time intuitive and somewhat meditative. By working slowly with simple tools, I form an intimate connection with each object, and in doing so, they become embedded with their unique history.