Tapestries

  •    Tapestries 2014-15

  • Tapestries: SFU's Literary & Visual Arts Magazine

    Editor's Note:

    In an intriguing scene from a mystery film I saw many years ago, a celebrated poet and his photographer partner mull over what they do as artists. The photographer explains to her partner that to become successful in her profession, she has learned to narrow her focus to a fixed point that yields an image worth looking at and remembering. She then tells the poet that he does the same with words: he also creates fixed points upon fine details with the words he chooses and the order and manner in which he presents them. The film’s title has escaped me, but the potency of this dialogic exchange has not. It expresses two truths about those who create with their paintbrushes and camera lenses, their keyboards and computer screens: one, that artists use whatever medium they operate within to make something that both utilizes and transcends that medium’s constraints, and, two, that artists distinguish themselves not only by their remarkable ability to create, but by their ability to perceive. They see the world as it is as well as what it could be and ought to be.

    How do the storytellers, essayists, and photographers whose work comprise this latest volume of Tapestries see the world? What snapshots of present, past, and possibility have their writings and artwork preserved?

    One writer capture the feelings and sensory experiences of sipping coffee in a garden, looking quizzically at a relative she knows so little about. Another challenges readers to reconsider Nietzsche’s proclamation that “God is dead,” while another critically examines the social constructs that make up our understanding of cultural identify and self-awareness. Their works direct the reader’s gaze to a comfortable stroll through Paris’s bohemian district, the somber scene of a family funeral, a gentle friendship between two Best Buddies, the ethical dilemmas of the death penalty, the panic of a procrastinating student, and a struggle for survival in an unforgiving wilderness. Similarly, those who have contributed artwork to Tapestries have captured snapshots of nature—sunrises and sunsets, a timorous deer, snow-covered pines and dew-coated flowers, a web of spidery branches—and of human creation—a church, a bridge, a stop sign, a truck.

    These texts and photographs show the world as others see it. They comfort and provoke, delight and startle. With their chosen media, the writers and artists of Tapestries have fixed our attention upon images for us to pontificate on and remember. Each essay, story, and photograph, in the words of Dylan Thomas, “helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.”

    Please enjoy.

    Best,
    Dr. Brennan Thomas

    Contributors

  • Writing

    Dallas Mosier
    8   It Can Wait Until Tomorrow

    Julie Horner
    13   What's for Dinner: Is Food Killing America?
    28   Life Goes On

    April Taylor 
    20   A Special Kind of Friendship
    66   The Savage's Inevitable Demise in Huxley's Brave New World  

    Luke Maffei
    32   Rain

    Jordan Gorsuch
    37   All That Is Left

    Tara Fritz
    46   Our Own Wars
    94   Where These Boots Have Been (3rd Place Winner)

    Samantha Dilling
    56   Making the Invisible Visible (1st Place Winner)

    Mark Frank
    72   Evil in Our Name: A Condemnation of Capital Punishment

    Nicholas Astle
    77   The Passion of the Superman: Reconciling Friedrich Nietzsche with Christianity (2nd Place Winner)

    Kimberly Homolak
    84   Travel Addiction (4th Place Winner)

  • Artwork

    Tara Fritz
    7   Timekeepers
    71  Desolation

    Breanna Kochinsky
    12   Crossroad
    54   Beautifully Broken
    55   Criminal 
    75   Locked Away

    Lindsey Miller
    19   Spring Dew
    26   Hand in Hand, We Are Part of One Race...The Human Race

    Christopher Evans
    27   Yellow in Focus
    83   Sunset Reflections

    Taylor McKnight
    30   The Calm Before the Storm
    45   Nostalgia
    64   Solo Harmony

    Hannah Cole
    31   Rusty Bridge
    65   Lone Sunflower

    Emily Heckman
    36   The Traveler

    Julie Horner
    70   Mud, Sweat, and Tears

    Kimberly Elter
    76   A Different Perspective

    Nicholas Pyo
    92   Sunrise

    Chelsie Adams
    93   Full Bloom

    Mary Holtz
    102   Peek-a-Boo Deer

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