New vendor alert! Working with plant dyes, Kelly Ruth uses a weaving loom to build tiny woven jewelry out of hand-dyed yarns. Having worked as the textile dyer for over a decade at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and ballet companies across Canada, she brings years of experience to her craft to create truly memorable pieces. Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@kelly__ruth) to view more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Kelly Ruth: I am a multidisciplinary artist working in textiles and new media, primarily in weaving and sound. My artwork spans a practice in performance, installation, and design, incorporating micro-controllers, sensors, and electronics into my woven installations. I never stop creating and innovating. The jewelry line is a way to make something accessible that can be loved and owned by people. This is very different than the more temporal forms of art that I make in my practice. It is a way to connect differently to the communities that I engage with.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KR: The jewelry is a new line for me within the past couple of years. Previously the energy I spent on designing was dedicated to a natural dyed sustainable fibre clothing line. Since I really just want to weave these days, I love having switched to making the woven jewelry line.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KR: Working with the natural dyes creates a really gorgeous palette and as far as statement jewelry goes, not many folks are making woven jewelry!
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
KR: Having moved to Edmonton just over a year ago I felt really welcomed in. The experimental music community where I spend much of my time (using my loom as a musical instrument) has been wonderful and is really pushing me in new directions in my sound art.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KR: I really love any artist who uses craft in fine art in a conceptual way. When an artist can make highly skilled pieces using craft mediums while engaging the viewer in a brilliant conversation with contemporary ideas…that’s where my crush begins.