Honouring the Land through Textiles: The Weavings of Francine McCabe

22 November 2023

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A deep connection to the land means that a simple walk provides materials and inspiration for Francine McCabe’s textile art. Each piece she makes showcases the natural world.

Francine McCabe is a textile artist, photographer, and author. Much of her work sits at the intersection of art and craft—many of her textile pieces marry creativity with utility and are deeply evocative of the place they come from. 

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The artist and author.

Her newly published book, Fleece and Fibre: Textile Producers of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands is an homage to the people and the land that provide the materials she works with and a testament to her passion for local fibres and finding an alternative to the current global textile economy. She recently presented at Selvedge Magazine’s Wardrobe Revolution Weekend, billed as “an antidote to the environmental and social devastation caused by the textile industry and fast fashion,” and is an organizer with the Vancouver Island Fibreshed. She actively advocates for the use of local textiles. When posting an image of a piece to social media, she credits the farmers and even the specific animals that provide her materials.

Images courtesy Francine McCabe

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About Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton is a connector - she loves bringing people and ideas together, especially over local fibres and foods. When not teaching college Biology labs, she knits, spins, designs, teaches, and occasionally weaves in her new studio space on Vancouver Island. She's also a cyclist, skier, hiker, and gardener! Find her patterns and classes at sarahthornton.ca and @sarsbarknits on Instagram.

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