As 2012 draws to an end there are a few things I would like to mention:.
You may have noticed that fibreQUARTERLY has not met its quarterly quota. Only two issues have been produced this year due to a number of reasons some of which I have control over others not so much. Dealing with the death of friends being a reality of life; dealing with writers who won’t meet commitments has become uninteresting and something I just can’t be bothered to deal with any longer. The result being that fibreQUARTERLY will now become fibre OCCASIONALLY and will come out when enough material has been submitted. It will be available for a charge in a new download format.
The policy of trying to present stories and reviews of events exhibitions and makers in Canada seems to have failed. This is slightly disappointing since there is an interested international audience. There a few textile focused magazines that try to give a balance of reviews of historic and contemporary exhibitions, publish research on technical aspects of textile composition in terms of fibre, dye sources and their geographic locals, stories on trade routes and regional traditions, industrial and hand production. Some offer how-to information, explore innovations, profile innovators and historic designers and makers. fibreQUARTERLY has tried to present a similar range while not being exclusive, obscure or obtuse. We look at textiles in art, craft, fashion and interior design and hope the approach is general enough, while at the same time is informed enough, to reach both general and in -the-know textile audiences.
Coming Soon: Textiles on Film
In this photo from the Hastings fbre Festival are Sky Morrison PhD., Folklorist and Textile Scholar from Hastings Ontario (one of organizer of festival) on the right Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa: Artist and Film Maker, from Montreal PQ and Vermont US are holding "Molas" the reverse applique work made by Kuna Women. Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa and Skye Morrison Organized the exhibition "Molas in Transitions" for the Museum of Costume and Textile of Québec 4 octobre 2009 - 17 janvier 2010
Between Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa original trips with filmmaker John McKay in 2000 and 2003, and her recent trip with folklorist Skye Morrison, Vigesaa has been able to document comparative touchstones that understand molas as narrative art form in the twenty-first century. The films that resulted from this fieldwork was shown at the Hasting Fibre Festival.
this is just one of the films being looked at in our next issue
Explore Canadian Textile and Fibre Arts and Craft History, yesterday, today and tomorrow, if it's spun, woven, printed or just quickly stitched up, we try to give it voice