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Roseline Young

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Artist:  Roseline Young

Genre: Fiber

Her Art:

A fiber artist, Roseline Young utilizes weaving, quilting, spinning and fabric manipulation to create artworks and installations for both indoor settings and outdoor venues. Her medium includes cotton, wool, linen, mohair and raw, unspun fleece, some of which she obtains from friends who raise sheep and grow their own cotton.

“I love texture, things that come out, exploding from structured pieces,” comments Young.

She creates this effect in a number of ways. For some works, Rose uses a spinning wheel to combine different colors of yarn. For other works, she hand spins several pieces together until they twist back on themselves.

 

Outdoor Public Artworks and Installations

Young creates tapestries, installations and community weavings for display in public spaces. Many of these artworks and installations express environmental concerns relating to water quality and climate change. For example, in an effort to draw attention to the deleterious effect that cyano-bacteria is having on the Caloosahatchee River in 2018 and 2019 Young coordinated the creation of 200 fiber circles by a number of individuals and community groups that included Marci Mills, Paulette Karlin, the Weavers of Char-Lee, Common Threads, Art Quilters Unlimited and Art Lunch Bunch. The resulting 72-foot long aggregation of rings was displayed above the entablature of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to express the imperative that agricultural interests in the Kissimmee River valley and surrounding Lake Okeechobee need to stop dumping nitrogen, phosphorous and waste in our waters immediately.

As a live-aboard, master-captain from New Orleans, Rose has strong connections with sailors and the sea. Her Weeping Water (fifth photo) expresses her love of water and how her heart breaks because pollution is out of control.

“Water weeps for the lack of stewardship and preservation.”

Bleached Coral (sixth photo) displays her worries over the worldwide loss of reefs providing food, income, recreation and protection from storms, and Gone with the Wind (seventh photo) reminds us how delicate our world is, knowing it can blow away with climate change and global warming.

In her ongoing effort to use art to open eyes and make people aware and motivated to seek positive change, Young has worked with the Lee County Black History Society, Keep Lee County Beautiful, Lee County Arts Center, Lee County Parks & Rec and Art Fest Fort Myers, successfully completing art projects with the community asking for better stewardship of our environment.

 

Bio

Young has received several arts & culture grants which have supported her efforts to foster the arts in Fort Myers and Lee County. A retired Art teacher with more than thirty years of experience, Rose offers classes locally at the Alliance for the Arts, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, public libraries and her own Rose Line Weaving Studio that are intended to instill creative problem-solving and play in her students. “What I love about weaving is that you’re playing all the time,” Rose adds. “You ask, ‘Will this work?’ Then try and see.”

Young holds a Master’s Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

October 25, 2021.

 

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