A few lucky students were able to participate in Dorothy Caldwell’s workshop, Human Marks, held at Maiwa Textile Symposium, September 2015, in Vancouver BC. When I visited, there was a air of excitement and productivity as the students were viewing a slide show of Caldwell’s extensive travels and inspirations. Strips of paper, mark making examples done by the students, were hanging from one wall.
Examples of Kantha embroidery were spread on tables.
There were beautiful examples of mark making, on paper, using subtractive techniques.
For those not able to take a Caldwell workshop, there is a new book, “Silent Ice/Deep Patience”, that has been published by the Art Gallery of Peterborough. This is a Catalogue for the traveling exhibition, held at the gallery, from March 21 to June 22, 2014, at the Idea Exchange, from January 16 to March 1, 2015 and at St. Mary’s University Gallery, from March 21 to May 17, 2015. This extensive, 62 page catalogue, explores the connections between Caldwell’s mark making and her travels and sense of place. This particular exhibition is the result of her travels to the extreme landscapes of the Australia Outback and the Canadian Arctic. According to the foreword “Dorothy Caldwell continues to be interested in our ways of “marking” our landscape; from the delineation of property to the marks and tracks that develop in the still wild regions. These marks accumulate, building a sense of place and molding the memory of all that has occurred on the land; the natural phenomena and the human interactions. Caldwell has been drawn to textile as the medium that can best translate her observations into an art form”. An example of her work published in the catalogue is called “How We Know when It’s Night? (2010).
Other than her inclusion in the excellent series “Art Textiles of the World: Canada” and some rare, out of print catalogues, this is the best resource for information on Caldwell’s work.