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Exhibition and event line up
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In the recent issue of Textile Forum from the European Textile Network Beatrijs Sterk says “In the second year of our magazine’s existence, we found ourselves obliged to declare the term textiles does not denote material (TF 2 / 98 page 1) Indeed Textiles are neither materials nor techniques, but a method of production using flexible materials and specific techniques; in that they resemble architecture, which also produces results by using (more ridged) materials and specific techniques, but which is, as such, not synonymous with a material or a technique. Due to these characteristics, textiles and architecture cannot be categorized as an end in itself that can be perceived as ‘art’ since the two disciplines will always be functional; inextricably, they will always represent mind and body.” FT 3 / 2012 . page 34
What is "fibre"? what is Textile Art? Where is the thread? If you have questions, reading is one way of finding answers, attending events going to see exhibits is another. And this fall in south central Ontario there is plently or work to see that can answer your questions or make you want to ask more. Make a schedule and take advantage of having this amount of work to look at, enjoy and wonder how it is made and why.
September 15 - November 18, 2012
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue Toronto, ON M5G 2H5, Canada
September 29 - November 11 2012
Cambridge Galleries Queen's Square
opening Friday October 5 ,7 pm
The 14th edition of this popular biennial juried exhibition is a showcase of fibre artists from across Canada. The exhibition honours the community’s rich textile manufacturing history and the Galleries’ also considers acquisitions for its permanent collection from the works selected for the exhibition.
JURORS: Lyn Carter and Fynn Leitch
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Lizz Aston (Toronto, ON), Jolie Bird (Halifax, NS), Heather Cameron (Salt
Cambridge Galleries presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three locations in the City of Cambridge:Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.
Heather Cameron Salt Spring Island, BC, Arbour Vitae, 2012. Wool on canvas, 165 x 137 cm
Liv Pedersen , Calgary, AB. Max, 2012 Tapestry weaving 33 x 23 cm
Sarah Gotowka , Montréal, QC. 21st Century North American Embroidery Sampler, 2011 Hand embroidery on linen 76 x 107 cm
Sarah is also part of the Colour Collective which is featured in WANDERLUST at the TMC
Andrew MacDonald London, ON, Green Man, 201, Knitted yarns, plastic, 83 x 61 x 15 cm
Elizabeth Hewson Innisfil, ON Wag the Dog, 2012
New Zealand wool, merino wool, wire 33 x 40 x 10 cm
the images for fibreworks 2012 have been provided by the Cambridge Galleries and used with permission
To see images from past fibreworks and other textile exhibitions at the Cambridge Galleries check out these facebook Albums
You can read my story on "Sections From the Permanent Collection 2010" in my "fibre report" column in A Needle Pulling Thread Fall 2010
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John McQueen, Untitled #106 Section 4, USA, 1982, Image acquired from TMC Website
Textile Museum of Canada 55 Centre Aveune Toronto Ontario Oct 17, 2012 - Jan 6, 2013 Curated by Natalia Nekrassova and Roxane Shaughnessy
Exhibition Overview from the TMC website:
Drawing from the TMC’s rich international collection, Natural Resources explores artifacts from a variety of global sites and their translation into environmental materials through their structure, technology, function and surface design. While today's “smart” fabrics are frequently associated with architectural design, textiles as sustainable resources and architectural solutions have a long history going back to Palaeolithic times, representing an archetypal form of “green” material that has endured to the present day. The exhibition explores the interrelationships among the complex properties of materials and their construction, function and design, and investigates new innovations where invented forms reference traditional techniques and technologies.
If you don't know about John McQueen's work you can read an article about him on line in the Fibre Arts Magazine Archive first published Nov./Dec. 2004
Oct 27- 28
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St., Burlington, ON
Fibre Content Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
The show is a powerful opportunity to view and make a personal connection with the patterns and passion expressed in fibre art. You will see traditional, contemporary, representational and abstract art wall quilts, in a variety of themes and sizes, in diverse mediums including fabrics embellished with threads, beads and found objects, painted and felted fibres.
You will be dazzled by 128 works of art created by 65 artists. These extraordinary pieces will be complemented by the impressive setting of the new BPAC that is drenched with natural light and open space. Some works will be for sale.
Admission includes a detailed catalogue of all the works displayed at the show and access to a vendor marketplace of related art merchants.
Come and join us in the beautiful downtown Burlington area, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, close to a local art gallery, restaurants and boutique shopping.
Dahlia Clark , Guelph, Meditation #1, 23 ¾ x 35 ½
The simple shapes of Meditations series provoke contemplation, contrast the domplex doodle quilting which its self is meditative, meditation #1 is inspired by Cardinals who return before the snow disappears
Heather Dubreuil , Hudson, 53rd Street 18” x 24”
Inspired by a photo I took from a window in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, this piece is made with fused hand-dyed cotton and machine stitched
Leah Huhges , Orangeville, Poppycock, 22” X 21” Original design quilted on canvas, displaying techniques such as painting, thread painting, beading and raw edge appliqué. An eclectic mix of fabrics and embellishments were used
Tracey Salewski, Georgetown Ontario, Bronze Rectangles 12’ x 13”This piece was submitted to a blow torch to get the colouring and then sewn and beaded to add texture
Images for 'fibre content" are courtesy of the organizers used with permission
Hard twist: Touch Me Feel Me Nov 1, 2012to Jan 27, 2013 Gladstone Hotel1214 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada Opening Nov 1, 2012 | 7-10pm
Gareth Bate – Toronto artist and curator of the World of Threads Festival
Miriam Grenville – Toronto artist and creative director at Grenville Design
Rachel Machenry – Toronto-based textile designer and design educatorHelena Frei and Chris Mitchell – Hard Twist curators
"This year’s Hard Twist offers the opportunity to get in touch with your inner textile aficionado – to knit your brows over the lint portraits, attempt to unravel the meaning of the stockinette-stitch QR codes, get tied up with a game of cat’s cradle or wound up over whether the embroidery that’s giving you the finger is a political statement or a personal insult. But whatever you do, however you feel, you must try the bee beard!
Hard Twist, an annual juried show of work that celebrates the intimate, layered and complex relationship between people and textile, has become an important annual event within the Canadian fibre art community and a signature event for the Gladstone since 2006.
Participants range from established artists with impressive track records to students in the process of refining their focus. The works are tiny and huge, straightforward and complex, representational and abstract, and speak of things as disparate as biblical lyrics, global warming and the fate of dryer lint.
Each year, co-curators Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell weave this wild diversity into a rich and complex tapestry inhabited by a powerful sense of human creativity." from website
Emily Comeau Cat's Cradle.
Laura Taler , Braid I, 2010, 42" x 32" x 32", metal cable
Simultaneously root and hair-like, Braid I is in the process of being unravelled. Repetition, weaving, winding and unwinding are embedded in the figure of the braid. It is able to conjure innocence, wisdom, sexuality, the phallus, snakes, faeces, strength, control, the maternal, and the passing of time. It is both an intense coiling and the promise of release, embodying aspects of touch, gesture and sensation that are central to the process of recalling the past. Image provided by the artist used with permission
Andrea Vander Kooij , Swell 17” x 14” x 10.5” (43 cm x 35.5 cm x 26.5 cm) nylon/lycra patchwork, polyester stuffing, over wooden stretcher, 2012. Image provided by the artist used with permission
Philip Hare "I hold my father's heart with my mother's hands", 2012 (18" X 22") Philip Hare and Elsie Hare. The mitts were knitted by his mother, Elsie, in the last year of her life. Image provided by the artist used with permission
To see images from past Hard Twist exhibitions check out these facebook Albums
November 2009 more textile things to see
You can read my review of the first Hardtwist exhibition that took place in 2006and was organized to coincided with the Textile Society of America's symposium which was held in Toronto
Worlds of Thread Festival
Oakville and Toronto
November 2 -25, 2012
The line up of exhibitions for a World of Thread Festival is as follows: in Oakville running November 2 - 18, 2012 there are 7 Common Threads International exhibitions which where juried and or curated by the organizers with 3 Independent exhibitions being brought to them for inclusion and to provide a shopping experience there is a Artwear Boutique at the Oakville Place Shopping Centre. In Toronto: running November 9- 25, 2012 there are 4 Common Threads International exhibitions along with 6 Independent exhibitions (including Hardtwist)
Emily Jan detail of dikdik [dikdik is a small antelope]
Common Thread International Exhibition
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre,
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville.
Nov. 2 - 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Sun. Nov. 4, 2012, 2 - 5 pm
Emily Jan an MFA graduate from Concordia undergrad from the California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) where she studied painting and drawing. I took this photograph at the Concordia MFA open Studio in February 2011
De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) is a highly eccentric exhibition evoking the collection of a mad 18th century naturalist. All the artwork is dealing with themes of nature, plants and animals. Curator Gareth Bate has observed that environmental work is the most dominant theme in contemporary fibre art. This lush and colourful environment is filled with striking and sometimes bizarre work. The show features the work of 35 artists from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA. They are working in a huge variety of media. There will be installation, sculpture and 2D work. The title of the exhibition is based on the ancient Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists.
Gareth is setting up the De rerum natura in opposition to Memento mori his other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition deals with themes of death, mortality and grief. The work is dark and the polar opposite of life filled work of De rerum natura. All the Memento mori artwork engages with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work is actually made of fibre materials. Gareth is exploring the contrast of fibre/life and artificial matierals/death.
Wendy O'Rien "Sentinel". [photo credit Elisabeth Feryn] is one of the makers in Memento Mori at the Gallery at Sheridan Institute 1430 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre,
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario
Nov. 2 – 25, 2012 Opening Reception: Sat. Nov. 3, 2012, 2 - 5 pm
" Myth Making brings together three artists from Peru, Canada and the USA whose work is creating a new mythology. Lima, Peru's Maximo Laura's stunning tapestries explore Andean mythology and stories. Peterbough's Faye Jacobs "tree spirit" sculpture combines tree roots with tapestry. Chicago artist Noel Morical's massive wall hangings made of paint chips give the sense of constructing a universe or cosmic blanket. She will be creating a new piece especially for this exhibition." from world of threads website.
To find out more about the World of Threads Festival visit their website http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com/
Patricia Harris Gallery of Costume and Textiles
the Royal Ontario Museum
Opening November 3, 2012
“Water sleeve” evening gown Vivienne Tam , Jade Collection Fall 2011 Digitally printed silk USA 2012.37.1 Gift of Vivienne Tam © Thomas Kletecka image provided by ROM and used with permission.
BIG NAME: Vivienne Tam (Chinese-American) known for modern fashions based on Chinese
BIG MESSAGE: Retro luxury meets glamorous 21st century China chic; references historic
"BIG" is the newest exhibition in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Costume and Textiles at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Opening November 3, 2012, the installation showcases objects that, in one way or another, are BIG: big in size, big in historical significance, big news, created by a big name artist (Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Vivienne Tam, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, among them), or, simply, carry a big price tag. They are historical (a stunning hand painted and dyed export chintz hanging circa 1750) and contemporary (a fantastic John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture that took a Dior team over 500 hours to create). The exhibition’s 40 diverse objects, many never before displayed to the public, span the globe. All have been drawn from the ROM's renowned collection of approximately 50,000 textiles and costumes. A feast for the eyes, BIG provides a fresh, clever way to explore the ROM’s collections." from ROM press release
Adinkra wrapper, Handprinted cotton, ca. 1960 - 1970 Ghana 2011.60.1 Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust. image provided by ROM and used with permission.
Hanging (palampore) (detail) Mordant painted and resist dyed cotton c. 1750 India for the Dutch market 2011.27.1 Gift of Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
image provided by ROM and used with permission.
BIG INNOVATION: Indian dyers’ mastery of complex chemical formulae far surpassed European expertise until 1800.
Men's trousers Cotton, wool c. 1925 - 1950 Nigeria 950.126.3
Gift from the Estate of Rev. A.W. Banfield
image provided by ROM and used with permission.
BIG SIZE: While the West African dress aesthetic values mass and the projection of stature, the most prestigious garments are assembled from the narrowest hand-woven strips of cloth - just two centimetres wide.
BIG EVENT: Kings and clerics don up to eight layers of clothing for state events.
Abstract Fiberglas furnishing textile by Owens-Corning for Co-FabCo c. 1950 - 1954 USA
2001.122.1 This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Textile
Endowment Fund image provided by ROM and used with permission.
BIG INNOVATION: Fibreglass textiles do not shrink, stretch, swell, rot, burn or wrinkle and are resistant to sunlight.
BIG TIME SAVER: Low maintenance – no ironing - and ideal for the “servantless” needs of
Images and text have been provided by the ROM
Ouilt work by Iris Newman, Fogo Island, Newfoundland photo by Yvonne Mullock*
“Tradition in Transition: Contemporary Canadians Textiles”
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre,
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville.
23 November, 2012, - 6 January 2013,
Opening 25 November, 2-5pm
curated by Sandra Reford,
The "Tradition in Transition" exhibition in some ways is the bookends for Ontario's Fibre Fall. this exhibition curated by Sandra Reford for th 18th annual Carrefour Europeén du Patchwork September 13-16 2012 in Ste Marie aux Mines, Alsace, France comes to Oakville after the World of Threads Festival ends. “Tradition in Transition: Contemporary Canadians Textiles”Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre,1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville.23 November, 2012, - 6 January 2013,Opening 25 November, 2-5pm curated by Sandra Reford,
"With so many different styles of work from different regions of Canada, Reford hopes that all the pieces in “Tradition in Transition” will exist harmoniously. She admits, “It takes so long to make these works. My own work takes about four months to do- from developing the concept, to colouring fabric, and completing stitching. There was not enough time to offer a theme for this exhibit and so we are not all linked by a specific topic. Our influence of nature and landscape is really what I think joins us together more than anything,” she explained." from "Tradition in Transition: the freezing blue" by Christina Colizza fQ Volume 7 Issue 4
*Yvonne Mullock is a Scottish Photographer http://www.yvonnemullock.co.uk/index.html
Fogo isalnd quilt project http://quiltyquilts.blogspot.com/
The fall season in Montreal begins with the fall opening exhibition at DIAGONEL
Disparaître: Diane Dubeau, Barbara Hunt, Stéphanie L'Heureux et Barbara Todd
September 15 - Octobre 20 2012, opening / Vernissage le 15 septembre, à 14 h.
5455, rue de Gaspé, espace 203Montréal, (QC)
"Diagonale is a unique in Canada: it defends and broadcasts contemporary artistic practices using fibers as a subject matter or material."
for more information on this show visit their website www.artdiagonale.org
TMC is on the road and on-line
Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug
read reviews of this exhibtion:
R.M. Vaughan "Sanctuaries to go: Is a prayer rug the same thing as a mosque?" in the Globe and Mail
Joe Lewis "Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug" Selvedge Issue 46, p.90
Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic
Drawing with Scissors: Molas from Kuna Yala
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