Countweave celebrated Rome Art Week 2018 with an open studio featuring the the work of textile artists Felicity Griffin Clark and Olga Teksheva in “Echoes of Land and Sea”.

This event was organized by Felicity Griffin Clark (Australian artist and writer, now living in Rome) and Olga Teksheva (textile and fiber artist born in Moscow and based in Rome), and curated by Velia Littera.

Felicity Griffin Clark has been working with textiles since 2005 and has exhibited in Australia, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, South Africa and the US. She uses a range of media and techniques to combine colours, textures and meanings in unconventional ways. She has a deep knowledge of traditional craft skills and uses them unexpectedly. Felicity likes people to be intrigued by her work: able to recognize elements (such as embroidery stitches) but surprised by the context, or by the meaning of the work.

Olga Teksheva started her artistic career in 2011 as an embroidery artist, working mainly in haute couture and contemporary embroidery, and also creating artistic textiles as wearable art. After a few fashion seasons she began to perceive wearable art projects as “restricting”, both in measurements and practical sense, and gradually passed to visual art, transforming and “deforming” traditional techniques of textile manipulation. In 2017 she created her first large fiber installation, and since then developed more projects in this direction.

Both artists share passion for innovation in traditional craft skills, experimentation, surprise, elaborating precious, intrinsic textures. Both of them are interested in conveying deep emotions such as grief, memory, trauma and stigma; but also courage, resistance, hope and joy. The colours, rhythms and textures of landscapes and seascapes evoke and reflect these emotional states and can provide a key to working through them.