The Branch Gallery is a fiber-based art space in Los Angeles. The gallery emphasizes both exhibition and education in its 1500 square feet of multifaceted space. Providing opportunities exclusively for the fiber arts, the Branch Gallery allows fiber artists to share their work and techniques with the broader Los Angeles arts community. We hope to stimulate more attention to fiber as a fine art, along with its presence as a craft, and inspire others to create their own tactile fiber experiences.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8 from 3pm to 6pm
Workshops: Saturdays, July 15 and July 22 from 11am to 3pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 15 at 4pm
Branch Gallery is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition, Reveries, featuring new work by Threadwinners. Reveries is an immersive installation of various crocheted landscapes; a dreamy collection of environments, including flower and succulent gardens, a massive waterfall, and a park-like lawn area. The imagery found in each landscape environment ranges from realistic renderings of foliage to metaphorical gardens found in the human body and skeleton. Material choices are eclectic and unique to each landscape, with buttons, floral pins, and - of course - yarn, depicting a coral reef, while pompoms and crocheted mushrooms build up the lawn area.
Reveries asks the audience to consider the definition and connotations of a landscape, stretching one’s imagination beyond the implications of a typical landscape painting. Threadwinner artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn hope their work will provide reflection on how humans are both stewards and consumers of the earth, simultaneously cultivating and destroying the world around us.
A portion of all artwork sales will be donated to the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. There will also be several events throughout the exhibition, including workshops on July 15th and 22nd and an artist talk on July 15th. More information will be released closer to event dates, and will be available on our website as well.
Threadwinners is the moniker for the crochet collaborative comprised of Liz Flynn and Alyssa Arney. They began working together in 2013 as interns at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and started making art as Threadwinners in 2016. Flynn has an Art History BA from University of California, Riverside and works in LA. Arney has a Printmaking BFA from the John Herron School of Art and Design-IUPUI and works in Orange County. Threadwinners, a play on the concept of the typically masculine term “breadwinner,” aim to subvert the patriarchy and status quo through the vehicle of crochet. They examine American and pop culture, the body, psychology, nature, gender roles, and femininity in their work.