Reception for Merle Harley Craft LAIR (Local Artist in Residence) Launch 6pm, January 17, 2019

Craft LAIR (Local Artist In Residence)
Merle Harley

Centre For Craft

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday January 17, 6pm
Residency Duration: January 18 – March 3, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Merle Harley is an interdisciplinary queer artist who creates knitting, weaving, book projects, videos pieces and built structures. Merle recently finished a residency at CFAT electronics lab exploring the links between the history of computers and the textile industry, where they disrupted the usual use of the lab by filling it with yarn and playing around with coding, soft circuits and e-textiles. Merle is a 2014 graduate of NSCAD University and a 2016 graduate of the Gonzago Institute certificate program. They are currently living in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia as part of the NSCAD Lunenburg Community Residency and creating a body of work based around interviews with local members of the LGBTQ+ community about their experiences. Using information from these interviews, Merle will craft a series of booklets and textile works. Merle has exhibited work across Canada and beyond with an ongoing dedication to their artistic practice and is an active member of the community art scene in Lunenburg, Halifax and Toronto. Merle also has extensive experience facilitating workshops and coordinating community art programs such as Art Bikers, Wonder’neath, Jumblies and Shadowland Theatre.

“For the past year I have been conducting interviews and visiting different locations to meet LGBTQ+ people and hear their stories about what it is like living within rural areas of Nova Scotia. I have been told many stories that include: local myths, scandals, personal stories, locations of queer meeting spots, slang, communication methods, love stories, rumours, radical acts, rebellion, and soft stories of care. With this knowledge and inspiration, I will incorporate visual details representing these stories into the textile based sculptures.” ~ Merle Harley

For more information please contact:
Anna Joan Taylor
Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Craft NS