CAMDEN — During the month of February, the Camden Public Library will exhibit a collection of vibrant weavings by Midcoast fiber artist Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher. The show is entitled “Flow” and features Tilken-Fisher’s “sculptural weavings” created primarily of wool roving.
The public is invited to meet Tilkens-Fisher at her artist reception at the library on Saturday, February 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show can be viewed in the Picker Room during library operating hours.
The sculptural weavings are the product of a formative month-long trip that Tilkens-Fisher took to Deer Isle in August 2020, where she worked with wool roving for the first time. Roving is very soft unspun wool that comes in long locks.
“It appeals to my sensibilities,” says Tilkens-Fisher, in a CPL news release. “It is pleasurable to handle, comes in vibrant colors, and its thickness lends itself to quick work.”
Tikens-Fisher described a breakthrough that she had on that trip. “I found my voice and style as a weaver. Working with roving allowed me to begin creating forms that challenge the expectations of weaving as being largely a two-dimensional medium. And, it brought me a peaceful pleasure I hadn’t yet experienced in my weaving practice.”
The concept of Flow was first proposed in the 1970s by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
“It describes that mental state where you are so absorbed by an activity that you lose track of time (and your ego),” said the release. “It is not dissimilar to the feeling you get when meditating.”
“For many, including myself, finding Flow through ‘making’ is easier than meditating,” says Tilkens-Fisher. “I am able to forget my worries and let my body and my intuition take over — a much needed break from these hectic times.”
Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher is a weaver and teacher with studios in Philadelphia and Thomaston. She has managed an art gallery, run an artist fellowship program, taught art history and museum studies to college students, and owned a vintage design company. Since the birth of her son in 2017, she decided to focus on creating artwork herself.
Find more information about Tilkens-Fisher and her work at librarycamden.org. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork in the show will benefit the Camden Public Library.