FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULIE ROSVALL: "Iterations"
May 1st - 31st, 2021
Wolfville, NS - April 22, 2021 - Every year on the first Saturday in May, printmakers world-wide celebrate Print Day in May in print shops, studios, kitchens, on beaches and sidewalks all over the world. For 24 hours, as the day unfolds around the globe, printmakers in over 70 countries begin making prints and join in this powerful celebration of creativity.
On such a day, it is only appropriate that we join this vibrant community by opening, printmaker and textile artist, Julie Rosvall's "Iterations" - a play on the repetitive nature of printmaking, and of Julie's knitted and printed pieces shown in many iterations, from knitted piece, copper plate, etchings and direct relief prints on paper.
Julie has always had an interest in mark-making, originally envisioning using textiles to emboss paper as a way of preserving a memory of the fabric. In 2010 she saw the work of Betty Goodwin, a printmaker who printed everything from bird's nests to packages, vests and gloves using a soft ground etching technique. "I was inspired to explore soft ground with my knitted swatches. I saw the potential to create works that preserve the texture, that say to the viewer the fabric should be revered, and documented for the historical record", explains Rosvall.
"Through my explorations I am building a body of work that uses a variety of printmaking techniques to transfer knitted swatches to paper. I have experimented with paper lithography, solar plate etching and soft ground etching of my knitted samples." Through collagraphs, and soft ground etchings she has had the most success. She begins by choosing a knitting pattern that has an openwork design. A smooth yarn with a visible twist is knit, and then lightly starched using a mix of white glue and water. For etchings, a copper plate is prepared and with the knitted sample on top, it is put through a press, creating an impression in the soft ground. The plate is then etched creating lines where the ink will hold during printing. For collagraphs she either attaches the knitted swatch to mat board, or simply inks the swatch directly and prints. Iterations shows examples of her body of work at this point in time.
Born in New Brunswick, Julie Rosvall moved to Nova Scotia in 1998, settling in Wolfville. Julie had just begun weaving before making the move and immediately sought out and found master weaver Jackie Mackay's studio and gallery, Summer House. Julie spent much of 1999 volunteering at Mackay's gallery in exchange for the opportunity to apprentice as a weaver. Unfortunately, Jackie Mackay became ill and passed away soon after. Julie's first spinning wheel was one given to her by Jackie's family. It was then that Rosvall began her career as a textile artist, moving from weaving to spinning and finally to knitting. It was another 10 years before Julie began experimenting with printmaking, perhaps naturally exploring the concept of transferring the patterns and textures of textiles to other media.
When she is not in the studio Julie Rosvall is an advocate for the crafts community, and has worked for Craft Nova Scotia in some capacity since 2003. The show runs from May 1st-31st, 2021.
Effective 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the entire province will be in a "circuit-breaker" for at least two weeks. During that time, tighter restrictions will be in place, which include closing all non-essential retail businesses, reducing gatherings to household bubbles and closing all public and private schools across the province. The restrictions will remain in place until at least May 12th. Thus, we will be adjusting to bring you the exhibition virtually, until we can welcome you once again, in person. Please follow @harvestgalleryns and @shipstondesigns on Instagram, for additional content and updates.
A friend used to say that IF we had a soul it should be located on the bottoms of our feet where we have contact with the earth. The earth with all its vegetation is a source of knowledge and pleasure. It is also a home for myself and many creatures. The natural world contains an inherent order which one feels through the
wealth of forms. In the making of these prints it is the ordering dynamics that interest me: the repetitions, variations, rhythms.
"The whole never loses the essential unity of the pattern, while the parts exhibit the contrast arising from the novelty of their detail." -- A. N. Whittled, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge, (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1919)
In this exhibition I have worked in pairs, a linocut and an etching for each of the motifs. I chose black and white to emphasize the graphic quality in each. The prints are large, for prints, in order to contain a surface, an
intimate landscape, underfoot, through which one might walk.