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Recent Canadian Exhibition Catalogues; 2007-2008 compiled by Joe Lewis

Over the past two years six exhibitions catalogues of textile based shows have been published in conjunction with contemporary solo and group shows, shows examining museum collections and one combining contemporary work with historic artifacts. They are representative of the ways curators, galleries and museums are presenting textile and fibre work. Canada is a very large country and we obviously don’t get the change to see every thing we might want to unless like “Close to You” and “Danish Modern” they tour. These catalogues give use the opportunity to experience the shows. With essay from critic /historians, curators and the artists themselves, there are many approaches taken to understanding this wide variety of material.   

Being that it is December and the season of gift giving is upon us why not add one or more of these well produced documents to your wish list or give them to some who lets you borrow books, either way they are a great addition to a Textile Arts library.

 dnishMCATDanish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil,

Essays by Rachel Gotlieb, Rob Shuebrook, Sheila Stevenson (November 2008) Producer: MSVU Art Gallery ( Mount Staint Vincent University)

Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who has created functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments. The essay by Rachel Gotlieb: historian, curator and critic, puts Swannie’s work into a historic context. Rob Shuebrook, and Sheila Stevenson look at her career and development as an artist and the resulting out put of three decades of working, teaching and exhibiting





 Imaginary Landscape, 1980, linen, cotton, silk, metal, lurex tapestry,  4 X 5 cm irregular [ in the collection of Mount Saint Vincent University purchased 1980] photo by Mern O’Brein


Brud 1 2004 carpet woven in reduced tapestry technique , of hand dyed Spelzau wool on Linen warp, 174 X119 cm [private collection] photo Steven Farmer

This exhibition will be touring

Exhibition Tour Itinerary

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 15 January through 12 April 2009

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 22 July through 1 October 2009

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 5 February through 11 June 2010 


  Triptych for Micah 2006 -2007, tapestry woven in wool, silk, linen and cotton on a linen warp. 90 X 300 cm.  photo Steve Farmer  

  you can order this catalogue from the gallery through the website MSVU Art Gallery 

 Jennifer Angus: A Terrible Beauty.
Essays by Eve-Lyne Beaudry and Sarah Quinton, co published by Textile Museum of Canada/ Musée d’art de Joliette (September 2008) 88 pp col. ill. 9 x 8 in softcover ISBN 978-2-921801-40-9
 The Textile Museum of Canada, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College and the Musée d'art de Joliette are proud to present the first solo catalogue of Jennifer Angus, a multidisciplinary artist who is also a teacher, writer and curator. This catalogue documents three remarkable installations in the series A Terrible Beauty: "Creature Comforts," at the Textile Museum of Canada from November 26, 2005 through May 14, 2006; "Compulsion and Repulsion," at the Dennos Museum Center from December 10, 2006 through March 4, 2007; and "To Have and to Hold," at the Musée d'art de Joliette from September 23, 2007 through January 6, 2008. 
Creature Comforts, 2005 -  2006 installation view,
Textile Museum of Canada. photo by: Stephen Funk 
Compulsion and Repulsion, 2006 -  2007 installation view,
Dennos Museum Center, photo by Dietrich Floeter  
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to have and to hold , 2007 2008 installation view ; Muse d’art de Joliette. photo by Denis Farley

Jennifer Angus: A Terrible Beauty.can be purchased for $30 CDN, at the Textile Museum of Canada's gift shop, 55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. W & University Ave., St. Patrick subway) Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5

“Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy + Popular Culture”


Curated by Sarah Quinton

Catalogue essay by Sarah Quinton, Co- Published with Dalhousie Art Gallery (October 2007) includes Bibliographic references.

Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 19- November, 2007, and Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 4 –October 2008,

ISBN 978-0-7703-2755-2




  to the left of text. Dare Devil 2003 by Mark Newport, hand knit Acrylic and buttons, 203.2 X 66.0 X 15.2 cm 

Featuring the artwork of Ai Kijima, Scott Kildall, Allyson Mitchell, Mark Newport and and Michèle ProvostClose to You examines the use of idioms and images in popular culture. Often viewed solely as a means of self-expression for the artist, crafts also offer insight into social ideologies and critique mass media systems. This exhibition catalogue includes rich visual imagery accompanying an essay by curator Sarah Quinton, with a foreword by Peter Dykhuis.

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Michèle Provost, its only rock and roll 2005-2007, 44 framed embroidery of various sizes with audio accompaniment. 
Al Kijima, Erehwon, 2002, fused machine quilted, recycled materials including bed sheets, curtains, pillow cases, clothes, apron, handkerchief, tablecloth. 111.8 X 162.6 cm
these images are installation shots from the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, Ontario, and provided by them. The images in the catalogue are from the installation at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax Nova Scotia 
"Cloes to you" can be purchased at the Textile Museum of Canada's gift shop, 55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. W & University Ave., St. Patrick subway)Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5
 Dalhousie Art Gallery is located at6101 University Ave. Halifax,Nova Scotia B3H 3J5

‘Tapis crochetés- Hooked Rugs.” .Essays by  curators  J Penny Burton, Denise Longchamps in French and in English, 2008, 64 pages.

Publishers Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec and Cahiers métiers d’art/Craft Journal, 2008

 ISBN 978-2-9809569-6-6

   Hooked Rugs presents, from January 16 to April 13 2008, contemporary works of four artists that chose to pursue a very old tradition: that of rug hooking. These artists are Doris Eaton, Deanne Fitzpatrick and Margaret Forsey, from Nova Scotia, and Rachelle Leblanc from Québec. We take this opportunity to present some of the hooked rugs from the collection of the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec. It provides a look into the daily life of our ancestors and our Quebec traditions.

Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec
615, avenue Sainte-Croix
Saint-Laurent Borough
Montreal Qc H4L 3X6
website for musem http://www.mmaq.qc.ca

 ‘Tapis crochetés- Hooked Rugs.” can be purchased throught the Craft Journal website http://www.craftjournal.ca/



Frances Dorsey Saigon

Essays by Leah Garnett and Pat Hickman, 12 color images, 47 pages.

Producer: MSVU Art Gallery,  

ISBN 13978-1-894518-41-3

Exhibition October 14- November 25 2007

cover: Nostalgia Series [detail]

from the gallery press realeas 

"As a child in the 1950s, Haligonian textile artist Frances Dorsey lived in Saigon, Viet Nam. Her father, a WW II veteran for several years attached to the US Embassy in Saigon, believed that the American presence there would avert a war. Dorsey remembers Saigon as a serene and beautiful city. Yet, in hindsight, she dwelt in “paradise on the edge of conflagration"


The exhibition and catalogue were produced with support from Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

MSVU Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia. CANADA,  B3M 2J6

you can order this catalogue from the gallery through the website MSVU Art Gallery


 Pattern Pleasure: introducing the Jean and Marie Erickson Collection 

Essays by Michele Hardy and Ann Davis. 81 pages, 60 colour illustrations.

ISBN 978-0-88953-320-2

Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Nickle Arts Museum, Sept. 21-Nov. 10, 2007

" In 2003 The Nickle Arts Museum receivedthe largest donation for the arts in the University of Calgary’s history. Dr Lloyd Erikson, Professor Emeritus in Anatomy at the University of Alberta and a long time collector of Oriental carpets, donated $1.5M to care for, research, and exhibit The Jean and Marie Erikson Collection currently on long-term loan to the Museum."

Nickel Arts Museum, Untiverstiy of Calgary 

Catalogue can be purchased for $19.95 by Contacting the  Shop Manager, Marla Halsted at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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