JULIE ROSVALL: “Iterations” EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th Harvest Gallery

Just a few more days until I take down the show. It has been a strange experience. Hanging the show at the end of April to sit unseen for weeks until lockdown ended. A virtual opening, and wonderful features on Digits & Threads (https://www.digitsandthreads.ca/iterations-photogallery-printmaker-julie-rosvalls-process/ ) and the Arts Pays Me podcast (https://artpaysme.com/blogs/art-pays-me-podcast/julie-rosvall ). And lots of kind words online from near and far. Not quite what I expected from my first solo show, but I’m thankful that Harvest Gallery has extended it for the month of June. 

If you haven’t made it in yet, the gallery is open 11am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm Sunday or by appointment on other days.

I’ll be packing things up on June 30th.

Julie Rosvall



JULIE ROSVALL: “Iterations”

Gallery open Thu to Sat 11-5

Or by appointment
Harvest Gallery

Wolfville, NS – April 22, 2021 – Every year on the first Saturday in May, printmakers world-wide celebrate Print Day in May in print shops, studios, kitchens, on beaches and sidewalks all over the world. For 24 hours, as the day unfolds around the globe, printmakers in over 70 countries begin making prints and join in this powerful celebration of creativity.

On such a day, it is only appropriate that we join this vibrant community by opening, printmaker and textile artist, Julie Rosvall’s Iterations” – a play on the repetitive nature of printmaking, and of Julie’s knitted and printed pieces shown in many iterations, from knitted piece, copper plate, etchings and direct relief prints on paper.

Julie has always had an interest in mark-making, originally envisioning using textiles to emboss paper as a way of preserving a memory of the fabric. In 2010 she saw the work of Betty Goodwin, a printmaker who printed everything from bird’s nests to packages, vests and gloves using a soft ground etching technique. “I was inspired to explore soft ground with my knitted swatches. I saw the potential to create works that preserve the texture, that say to the viewer the fabric should be revered, and documented for the historical record”, explains Rosvall.

“Through my explorations I am building a body of work that uses a variety of printmaking techniques to transfer knitted swatches to paper. I have experimented with paper lithography, solar plate etching and soft ground etching of my knitted samples.” Through collagraphs, and soft ground etchings she has had the most success. She begins by choosing a knitting pattern that has an openwork design. A smooth yarn with a visible twist is knit, and then lightly starched using a mix of white glue and water. For etchings, a copper plate is prepared and with the knitted sample on top, it is put through a press, creating an impression in the soft ground. The plate is then etched creating lines where the ink will hold during printing. For collagraphs she either attaches the knitted swatch to mat board, or simply inks the swatch directly and prints. Iterations shows examples of her body of work at this point in time.
Born in New Brunswick, Julie Rosvall moved to Nova Scotia in 1998, settling in Wolfville. Julie had just begun weaving before making the move and immediately sought out and found master weaver Jackie Mackay’s studio and gallery, Summer House.  Julie spent much of 1999 volunteering at Mackay’s gallery in exchange for the opportunity to apprentice as a weaver. Unfortunately, Jackie Mackay became ill and passed away soon after. Julie’s first spinning wheel was one given to her by Jackie’s family. It was then that Rosvall began her career as a textile artist, moving from weaving to spinning and finally to knitting. It was another 10 years before Julie began experimenting with printmaking, perhaps naturally exploring the concept of transferring the patterns and textures of textiles to other media.

When she is not in the studio Julie Rosvall is an advocate for the crafts community, and has worked for Craft Nova Scotia in some capacity since 2003. The show opens Saturday, May 1st, 2021.

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