Tammy Ratcliff, an award-winning artist who runs Wyndham Arts Supplies downtown with her husband, will be featuring her work alongside a Toronto artist in an upcoming join-exhibition labelled as traditional and nostalgic.
The Fabric of Memory exhibition at the Elora Centre for the Arts is starting with a free opening reception running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 27. The centre is located at 75 Melville St. in Elora, about a 25-minute drive from downtown Guelph.
Both artists will utilize print and textiles to “explore narratives of memory that develop through the deconstructing, editing and reconstructing of materials”, a press release said, with Ratcliff and Pam Lobb investigating the notion of trading functionality of things for sentimental nostalgia.
Racliff is inspired by the botanical world and its many examples of imperfection and impermanence — using this viewpoint to craft traditional textile techniques to manipulate her etchings and mono prints on handmade paper, creating renditions of functional textile pieces.
“Items whose utilitarian value might be lessoned as they become threadbare and fragile through use are thus transformed into artifacts of shared memories and the passage of time,” the release added.
Ratcliff studied printmaking in London, Ont. and has been at it since her first class in 1990. She currently resides in Guelph with her husband and fellow artist Chris Ahlers and works at her printmaking practice inside a studio in the Trafalgar Building downtown.
The local artists has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including gaining third place in Open Studio’s National Printmaking Awards in 2010. Her art can be found in several private, public and corporate collections.