Frances Solar

"I find the play of masculine materials with traditional feminine techniques endlessly entertaining and challenging. It is very satisfying to transcend the inherent qualities of the rigid metallic materials and create forms that are sensual and flowing in appearance."

Frances Solar loves the challenge of working with all the weird junk that she has collected (or been given) over the years and then re-inventing new uses and combinations so they can be hung on a wall. The three dimensional pieces use brilliant color, bold patterns, textures and unique manipulated forms, allowing for an improvised design process.

Solar has been a traditional weaver and textile artist for many years, and applying the same techniques and ideas to industrial materials is a natural progression of her work. The artist uses loom weaving, plaiting, and quilting techniques to create her sculptural metal vessels and wall pieces. Copper is her primary material; she likes its malleability and wide range of color possibilities.

Frances Solar is mostly self-taught as a weaver and metal artist. Her degree in Interior Design, University of Manitoba gave her an excellent training in color and design.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
2014 Niche Awards,winner, Buyers Market, Philadelphia,USA, 2014
CU: Copper and Textile Fabrications,, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Canada, 2016
'Cosmic Geometry 'group show, World of Threads Festival 2016, Oakville, Ont, Canada, 2016
2016 Niche Award winner & Finalist(2 artworks), Washington DC, USA, 2016
Front Window,Craft Gallery, Brentwood Fine Arts Exchange, Brentwood MD,US, 2016
2015 Niche Award,winner, The American Made Show, Washington,DC, 2015
Fine Craft Artist of the Year, Art Comes Alive, Cincinnati,Ohio, 2017
3 Vessels,art collection, Westin Grand Hotel, Vancouver BC,Canada, 2011