There were several large woven pieces by Lia Cook. She uses an electronic Jacquard hand loom to weave faces that dissolve into continuously changing maze-like patterns.
Close up, it really does look like a series of mazes. I thought it looked a lot like mosaic knitting.
"The Gathering" is also his work.
There were also these one and a half life-sized sculptures by Stephen Schofield.
First, we saw a couple of Orenburg shawls that were knit fairly recently.
This particular Orenburg shawl below is possibly the oldest known to be in existence and dates from the late 19th or early 20th century. These shawls are knit from cobweb weight 2-ply Orenburg goat down yarn. This particular species of goat is only found in this region in southern Russia. The yarn is very similar to cashmere. Orenburg is a region just south of the Ural Mountains in Russia. Women of this region usually had two shawls: an everyday one (often spun with silk for strength) and the other for holidays.
On the way back to the car, I noticed a tall young man walking up the stairs who appeared to have a purple body stocking on. On closer inspection, it appeared that he was actually dyed purple from head to foot - dark purple - University of Western Ontario purple. I'm guessing it was the result of some hazing activity for university. Is that even permitted any more?