For the Thirteen Textile Group WAC 2017 exhibition, Energy and Motion, Blayne Collins has been creating hand embroidered portraits, with influences from the historic worldwide women’s marches of 2017, and the women in her family. Studying four generations, she continues her exploration of family, tying in the relationships women have with each other, themselves and the world at large. The Hat Project illustrates the constant renegotiation of the world, from a female, personal perspective using traditional techniques such as hand embroidery, felting, and quilting.
Blayne also works with themes of memory and perception in Family History Series, using photos and images from her own family photo archives. Expressing these themes using various methods, though with a common technique of transfer print on fabric, she has created work that ranges from small enough to be held in the hand (The Book Project), to installations that stretch several meters (The Toronto Project).
Blayne, in a departure from her image based projects, has also been working with dyed thread in three dimensional form (The Uteri Project) and using threads and dyes for mark making on hand made papers, (Scribbles).