Local artist Jaynie Himsl was chosen as one of 35 artists who will have their work included in the upcoming Saskatchewan Craft Council exhibit, ‘Dimensions’. The exhibit will travel for two years visiting multiple places around the province. Himsl’s fibre art piece was chosen from 135 artists who collectively submitted 219 pieces. The first stop for the exhibition is in Saskatoon and it will run from May 4 to July 6 at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. “I really wasn’t expecting it. My husband and I have entered before and you never really know what’s going to be selected. Different jurors have focus on different things. I just enter because it’s a thrill and if you happen to get selected, well wow, bonus,” she said. The piece that earned her a spot was entitled, “Listening”. Her work includes detailed stitching and sewing together of fabrics to create a variety of images and patterns in a flat form. “Using yarns, crochet cotton, embroidery floss and fibres I interpret nature in macro and micro dimensions. By melding realistic and abstract images, I offer my vision of the environment.” Himsl said her passion for the art stemmed through a fibre artist based in Regina and her dedication came from the support she received from the Weyburn Crocus Quilters when she was just starting out. “I’ve been a sewer all my life and I saw an exhibition here at the Allie Griffin of Martha Coles’ work, about 10 to 15 years ago now that I saw it, and it had never occurred to me to use my sewing machine to make art. So that was an inspiration and I’ve worked at it since then.” There are several local businesses and galleries that have had Himsl’s artwork on display. She’s been in the Allie Griffin Art Gallery, at an interactive show at Grace United Church, a 2D and 3D art exhibit by Saskatchewan fibre artists at the Signal Hill Art Centre, and has had selected works on display in the Weyburn Credit Union Gallery. Take a look at some of Himsl’s artwork on her website at www.jayniehimsl.ca. As well, be on the lookout for a two-part video interview series that we did with Himsl.
April 17, 2019