Prismatic Vortex by Amanda Browder, recycled textile installation

Prismatic Vortex by Amanda Browder, recycled textile installation, patchwork pattern and colour

Prismatic Vortex by Amanda Browder, textile installation, patchwork pattern and colour

Prismatic Vortex, 2012 

 

I’d love to walk down the street and discover one of these assaults of colour. Can you imagine it? There would be a shriek of excitement followed by a case of instagram gone wild. (Don’t judge, I know I’m not the only one.) These joyful temporary works are the creation of American artist, Amanda Browder. What I adore about her work is the way she invites play, both in the creation of the work and the final execution.

 

Chromatic Hi Five by Amanda Browder, textile installation, patchwork, pattern, colour

Chromatic Hi Five by Amanda Browder, textile installation, art, colour, pattern

Chromatic Hi Five by Amanda Browder, textile installation, Brooklyn, New York

 Chromatic Hi-Five, 2011

 

Browder invites her local community to donate scrap materials and participate in the actual craft of these oversized patchworks. Often created during single day sewing bees, members of the community can feel a sense of ownership to the work, as well as a connection to their fellow volunteers.

 

Hello Niagara by Amanda Browder, textile installation, colour, stripes

Hello Niagara by Amanda Browder, Brooklyn, New York

Hello Niagara, 2012

Rapunzel by Amanda Browder, textile installation, Brooklyn, New York

 Rapunzel, 2006

 

Besides garnering a sense of community spirit, these bold gestures are an event in themselves. They are much more than just an exercise in creating “community.” The cascading candy coloured fabrics create some seriously bold and sculptural gestures at oftentimes epic scales. They transform our understanding of the spaces they inhabit and create a new experience. They are not only a source of visual joy – visitors are free to run under, over and through. Basically, this artist is just an all round crowd pleaser.

-Ella.


[Images via Amanda Browder and Prismatic Vortex.]

 

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