Opportunities exist for local visual artists to have their work displayed in the Carlsbad City Library. The latest display at Dove Library features the works of fiber artist, Alex Nichols.
Nichols, a 25-year-old San Diego resident, is an artist on the Autism spectrum who expresses himself through weaving. “I like to create unexpected, outside-the-box art,” says Nichols.
Nichols creates “memory weavings” that feature items and materials from lost loved ones that he then weaves into a hanging tapestry. He is a free style weaver who follows the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which represents embracing imperfection.
Using a Saori loom and various hand weaving techniques, Nichols creates wild and free wall hangings mixing textures and vibrant colors using yarn and unconventional materials such as strips of fabric from clothing like Aloha shirts, wire ribbon, jewelry, and toys. Strings are left unfinished, tufts of roving are stuffed in, and items dangle to create an impressionist piece that delights and surprises viewers when they spy an unexpected item.
Who: All ages When: Now through end of September Monday -Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m. Where: Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad Admission: Free