2010 Textile Exhibitions in Canada ; Mid year round up PDF  | Print |  E-mail


  At the opening reception of Around the Frayed Edges, 9 people getting into Suzen Green’s sweater "Here We Are As One"  image provided by Laurie Carmount and used with permission

Around the Frayed Edges, national exhibition at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery , Minden Ontario was curated by Laurie Carmount March 18—May 29, 2010 and was followed by a Traditional Fibre Work Exhibit  May 11, 2010 to Friday, July 30, 2010. Minden Ontario has a population of  5,556 and is the Haliburton County, The Minden Hills Cultural Centre is home to the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, which is named after Dr. Agnes Jamieson, the first female coroner in Ontario.  Around the Frayed Edges was a group exhibition of twenty-seven fibre artists from across Canada and two from the United States. A call for submissions was sent through various media to fibre artists to participate in an exhibition intended to highlight what the essence of fibre arts is today

Artists: Marianne Kyryluk, Carl Stewart, Robin Ripley, Jean Farrell, Heidi Hudspith, David R. Harper, Jill Odegaard, Laura Trach, Liz Menard, Nadine Papp, Wendy O'Brien, Johanna Nousiainen, Fay Wilkinson, Audrey MacLean, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Barbara Wisnoski, Erika DeFreitas, Carmella Karijo Rother, Suzen Green, Sandi Luck, Cynthia Jackson, Amanda McCavour, Ilona Staples, Karen Goetzinger, Catherine Vamvakas Lay, Karina Bergmans, Jane Tingley.

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Shadow Puppet Dog by David R. Harper goat hide embroidery thread 30”x19”  as seen at Beyond the Frayed Edge image provided by Laurie Carmount and used with permission

Harper also had three solo exhibitions on in this same time period. Atlas at the Acadia University Art Gallery ( March 12 - May 17, 2010) Noblesse Oblige ( March 20 - April 17) at MKG 127 in Toronto was reviewed by Gary Micheal Dault in the the Globe and Mail  "David R.Harper at MKG127" and "Skin & Bones" is part of the three solo shows on at the Textile Museum of Canada billed as "Person Place and Thing" which also includes Lia Cook' s Faces & Mazes, (which i review in this issue and Stephen Schofield's  Stumble.

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Installation view 1 of Evolution of Fiber, Gibson Centre, Aliston Ontario April 6 – 28 2010 image provided by Barbara Hilts and used with permission

 The month before Around the Frayed Edge opened another survey exhibition of contemporary Textile work opened at the Gibson Centre in Aliston, Ontario. The Evolution of Fibre ran from April 6 until April 28th and was curated by Barbara Hilts . Twenty-one textile artists from the Central Ontario region emerging and professional artists working in traditional and new digitally assisted ways participated in the exhibit. The work exhibited displayed both traditional and unconventional approaches to textile construction, surface design and embellishment looking at: beading, dying, printing, embroidery, knitting, nono felting, smocking, and weaving. The resulting work displayed as fashion, fashion and home decor accessories as well as one of a kind non functional pieces (i.e. fine art) Curator Barbara Hilt’s program for the show was to exhibit textile work of a high caliber. Work in which the technical proficiency has allowed the maker to go outside and beyond the traditional result. Evolution of Fibre celebrates the art of finely crafted textiles.

Artists of Evolution of Fibre 2010

 Shana Anderson, Elisabeth Bishoff, Pat Burns-Wendland, June Chambers, Jenny Clarke, Inga Dam, Danielle Dengerink, Line Dufour, Judith Fielder, Helena Frei, Bonnie Glass, Maureen Harding, Barb Hilts, Josette Luyckx, Sandi Nemenyi, Marie Payne, Lucy Slykerman, Nathalia Sugden, Reet Triefeldt, Nancy Turner, Pat Wylie 

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Installation view 2 of Evolution of Fiber, Gibson Centre, Aliston Ontario April 6 – 28 2010 image provided by Barbara Hilts and used with permission

These are just two of the over 42 exhibitions that have opened in Canada or in case of the international group exhibition of felt makers "The Climate is Changing" features the work of two Canadians, Diane Gonthier, Andrea Graham this exhibition is touring in Europe until January 2011 with no north American dates set as of yet.  "WITH OR WITHOUT WATER?" The "9th Triennale Internationale de Mini-textiles" from the Jean-Lurçat Contemporary Tapestry Museum in Angers, FRANCE has two stops in Canada Musee du costume et textile du Quebec will move to  Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau (across from the Museum of Civilization) from August 26th to October 10th 2010. This show features three Canadians: Marie Renee Otis " serpent d' eau, serpent Terre" Birch Bark with embroidery, beading and quill work. Melanie Siegell sculpture made of free motion embroidery in metallic thread/  a tapestry by Joanne Soroka.

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The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles kicked of 2010 and their twentieth anniversary with an exhibition of knitted fabrics  " tricot nouveau" by Lysanne Latulippe (AKA majolie ) this exhibition of one of their graduates ran from January 27th to March 12th, 2010. Image provided by MCCT for promotional use.

Anthological: Reeds and Wool: Pattern Screens of Central Asia, From the Sommer-Krieger collection of Kyrgyz Reed Screens The Nickle Arts Museum , Calgary Alberta, Canada, October 2, 2009- February 22, 2010, Royal Alberta Museum , April 3-July 4, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta

Craft: Unity & Diversity: Selected Works, 2010 Cultural Olympiad at Museum of Vancouver January 14 - April 11 - 75 pieces from across Canada 4 where fibre based, part of  the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in the Republic of Korea.

Collecting: Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, September 23, 2009 - March 21, 2010 Textile Museum of Canada ,

Commerce: MADE's Radiant Dark 2010- Assets & Values- an exhibition of modern Canadian Design, in the heart of Toronto's Financial District with textile work by, Bev Hisey: Carpet, Grant Heaps: Fabric Mosaics, Katheryn Walters: industrial felt objects, Kerry Croghan: hand printing on Hemp cloth, Shana Anderson. digital printing on cotton, Annie Tung' s "provincial" napkins/ neck ware, Machine embroidered cotton napkins.

Costume: Wartime Weddings,  Costume Museum of Canada , Winnipeg. Jan 19th, 2010 until Apr 4th, 2010

Design: Say It in Red, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum  Almonte Ontario, May 5th - August 8th, 2010. Contemporary Redwork by and from the collections of Marilyn Crawford and Mary Young along items from Lanark County Museums

Education: Circle Craft’s Annual Student Scholarships Exhibition, Circle Craft Shop & Gallery , Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver  Featured will be: Morija Reeb, Capilano University, Textile Arts Program;

Fashion: Native/American Apparel, Costume Museum of Canada , Winnipeg Guest curator: Jenny Western, Urban Shaman Gallery. Bringing together artwork by Contemporary Aboriginal artists, Lita Fontaine and KC Adams, alongside pieces drawn from the collection at the Costume Museum of Canada, Native/American Apparel looks at the relationship of fashion, clothing, and textile to the representation of Indigenous identities. By juxtaposing historical artifacts with current artworks, Native/American Apparel encourages viewers to consider the role of the collection and exhibition of objects made by First Nations and Metis people in galleries and museums, particularly those objects made by women.

Historical: Fashionably Wrapped: The Influence of Kashmir Shawls, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, On, November 18, 2009 - May 30, 2010

Political: LABOURIOUS; curated by j. Penney Burton, Uncommon Objects Gallery Vitrines in South Hall, Harbourfront Centre , Toronto, On, January 10 —  04 April 10, Contemporary textile-based work carries on the labour intensive traditions of central Canada to the eastern provinces.

What ever the “Point of View” taken by the curator is, the location or the context in which they are placed the number of exhibitions presenting a wide and diverse range of fibre based work in Canada has been rising. This seemingly but not necessarily related increase of exhibitions is happening along side to an increase of students registering in Textile/ fibre programs being offered in post secondary institutions. However neither of these increases are reflected in print, of the 47 exhibition that have been on display during the first six months of 2010, four have been reviewed in journals or magazines while ten have received some form of coverage in local or national news papers the majority of this work and these artist remained unacknowledged except by the audience they have attracted. Even with the increase of Blogs posting about these exhibitions few are discussed beyond simple listings. Bloggers may or may not consider themselves critics but they are documenting the exhibitions in some form of writing some  with the knowledge of the medium that adds to the critical discourse which is not reflected in print either.

 In the past five years fibreQUARTERLY has attempted to locate the exhibitions and the writing that has occurred. We have been directed to new Blogs, writers and publications and try to include them in our round up compilation/ listings, but have missed much. We would appreciate any help in this on going activity, if you have read a review in your local free weekly, or on a blog you can join and use our facebook Group  to link them to us. You can also consider writing reviews for us, if you have seen a show you feel impelled to write about why don’t you? if there is to be a contemporary craft history we need to know what happen and where as well as what people thought of it.

You can download a PDF of the Mid 2010 Canadian Textile Exhibition listing by clicking here.

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Ruth Scheuing: Silk Road residency at Surrey Art Gallery, January 23 – April 3, 2010.

Image provided by Ruth Scheuing for promotional use 

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