Created in collaboration with the Pointe-Claire community, Doily Webs incorporates pieces of old lace to produce something resembling spider’s webs that grows and takes shape between trees and a tent frame. The ground is covered with crocheted doilies, and we take a moment to contemplate these fragments of a story from the past while imagining a perceptible future among the gaps in the doilies. This installation demonstrates a symbolic link between the past and present, a link that respects the undervalued art created by the women who preceded us while also passing down traditional craft techniques in contemporary art.

Materials: Recycled wood, inner tubes from old bicycles, doilies, yarn.


Creative Process

This collaborative installation shows the artists’ desire to connect with the local community and its history, which is at the heart of their artistic approach.  Through the medium of textile and weaving, they are interested in the transmission and valorization of the intangible know-how inherited from our ancestors. The intimate ties that unite the craftsmen in the making of a fabric favor the weaving of a common personal history. Thus, they seek to establish temporal, human and intangible links.

The Artists

Artist painter, Nicole Bauberger does not hesitate to exchange paint for other media such as lace and crochet. She has been living in Whitehorse, Yukon, since 2003, where she is working with the local Aboriginal community on a First Nations traditional weaving research project to obtain a Northern Studies degree from Yukon College in Whitehorse.

Jessica Vellenga is wearing several hats: artist, curator and administrator. Her works are part of public and private collections such as the Yukon Permanent Art Collection and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. She recently left the Yukon and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where she is the Executive Director of the Hamilton Artists Inc.