Rose fiber works at Åarhus

Aug 30, 2014
“Specimen 140703” by Julie H. Rose is made from felt, handspun yarn, stainless steel, linen and silk.

Belfast — Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as its guest artist for the month of September. The show will run from Tuesday, Sept. 2, through the 28th with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Rose has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies and was introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age.  After receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands.

A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors, Rose has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew, always exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted and sewn morsels mounted on silk and handprinted fabrics.

Åarhus Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays by chance. For more information, visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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