Chance and Choices Wallhanging

by Loretta Faveri

The beauty of this stitched paper tapestry lies in its shadows. To some, shadows are dark and mysterious but at the same time they can bring joy. They are often a pleasant surprise once discovered. The tapestry is made from monotype prints cut into squares and stitched together and the imagery reflects the chances we take and the choices we make during a pandemic. It can be suspended from the ceiling with fishing line threaded through the grommets or it can be hung on the wall with hooks or nails.

Japanese paper (Kozuke), thread, beeswax, grommets
46 x 107cm

Loretta Faveri is a Toronto based visual artist and maker. After graduating from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program in 2012, she spent several years working with dancers and exploring wearable sensors that generate sound through movement. Feeling creatively limited in this field, she returned to her craft practices of stitching and printmaking and exhibiting her work. Faveri has been sober for over two years and participates in a recovery group at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. She recently received an Ontario Arts Council grant that will bring artmaking and mindfulness to her recovery community. 

Much of Faveri’s recent work draws from her “bin of flawed prints". Self-compassion and forgiveness are at the root of her work. Through the act of cutting and tearing up her “rejected” prints, she frees herself from judgement and by stitching the fragments together again, she builds something new and optimistic from them. The new work becomes a metaphor for healing from a painful past.