Having been born and raised throughout the three maritime provinces of Canada, I am emotionally attached to the industrial aesthetic of maritime objects as well as the traditional roots they are based from. From the vibrant yellow wire lobster pots, beautifully intricate factory-produced netting, meticulous fly-tying techniques to the rigging on tall ships. With a background in weaving, my current textile work explores traditional analogue processes with unconventional materials.
Although I often romanticize the ‘way back when’ of analogue processes, I wish for my work to remain in the contemporary. By using industrially produced materials, vibrant factory colours and unconventional combinations of historical and modern processes, I’ve expanded what was capable of being made beyond that of traditional textile methods. The tools themselves are often as important as the objects they’ve made, as I have built and customized most of my equipment.
Carley Mullally is a textile artist and researcher currently based out of Kjipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work focuses on the versatility of off-loom textile processes such as rope-making, knotting, crochet and braiding, and how they can be translated for a wider audience and used interdisciplinarily.
While teaching various textile workshops as well as the Off-Loom Structures course at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Carley continues to work on collaborative research projects while simultaneously continuing her own art practice.
Her aim is to continue pushing the boundaries of textiles and their applications, continuing to collaborate with designers, makers and engineers, and to encourage non-textile artists to use these structures in innovative ways. Each collaboration improves upon her own work’s methodology, helping to create an accessible language for understanding textile processes.