Drop in to John Fluevog Shoes in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood during the festival to view their spring line-up and the works of textile artist Stephanie Symns, displayed for the duration of Crafted Vancouver at this iconic landmark shop.
Located in the heart of historic Gastown, John Fluevog Shoes has been serving the good Fluevogers of Vancouver since 1970. A block away from the very first Fox & Fluevog store that started the whole journey, JF Shoes Gastown has proudly returned to its roots. Situated in an all glass greenhouse-esque building, this impressive flagship store also shares the space with John’s Design Studio and HQ.
Of Metaphors & Meaning is a new on-going series of large-scale hand-painted quilts by artist Stephanie Symns.
Existing at the nexus of art and design these three large-scale works exhibited at John Fluevog Shoes Vancouver occupy a position on either side of the threshold of utility and art, resisting traditional categorization. The works use pattern and deconstruction as a device for abstraction to exemplify continuums/in-between spaces rather than binary definitions: analog and digital; craft and art; feminine and masculine.
Using the quilt as a canvas the cutting and stitching of fragments becomes an inherently optimistic practice exemplifying the resourcefulness traditionally associated with both quilt-making and other forms of domestic endeavour. With a wide range of influences from graffiti to hard-edged abstraction, evidenced in the hard lines created when cloth is cut and re-stitched, this series asks the viewer to consider the idea of “wild art” – the wide range of creative enterprises that exist outside of the traditional system. What better home for this exhibition than John Fluevog Shoes which has exemplified the notion of “wild art” blurring the lines between utility and art for over 40 years.