Friday, September 29, 2006

Fiberworks 2006, Cambridge Galleries

Fibreworks 2006, at the Cambridge Galleries’ is a biannual juried exhibition featuring artist from across the country. This year’s jury consisting of Aggie Beynon, Heidi Overhill and Vessna Perunovich had 439 images from over 200 artists from which to choose from. They say in there statement “the works in this exhibition spoke to us in multiple ways, each one in a different voice… spiritually, intellectually and formally” they also say ‘each artist has treated materials with respect, using them skilfully in the service of meaning, whether the meaning lay on a personal or universal level.” There are 35 artists in this show and the jurors have picked work that they think reflect the importance of humour in difficult times.

On the whole this collection of work is representative of the diverse approaches to working with fibre based material and most successfully, there are some weak spots. Each time this show is mounted the work is consider for purchase for the galleries permanent collection. This year’s selection is as follows:

Susan Bidinosti, London on. Leave (the nest) 2006, Machine stitched and hand embroidered paper

j Lynn Campbell, Toronto, ON., Model No,8 {Extension(s) No.1.}, 2004, Dressmaker’s Form, Steel, fabric, braided horsehair, wrapped wire, copper wire, artificial sinew, 150X35cm,

( I apologise for this bad photo, but I am not a photographer)

Shape Shifters
J. Lynn Campbell and Anne O'Callaghan

The Red Head Gallery
401 Richmond Street, Toronto.

October 11 - November 4, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14

Suzanne Carlsen, Toronto, Alternative Transportation, 2006, Cotton, thread, silver, hand embroidery, 3.5 X 1cm. each

Sheila McMath, Cambridge, ON Tissues & Trimmings series #2, 2005, fabric, pins, fur 45 x 22 x 10 cm,

Robin Muller Bedford, NS, Sand Scroll, 2006, Computer Jacquard tapestry mill Weave, box making techniques, Boxed: 59 x l 13 cm Extended: 54x250cm

Gordaon Olujic-Dosic, toronto, Strawberry Season, 2005,Cotton and hemp thread, tulle, 80 x 100 cm,

**Kathryn Ruppert- Dazai, The Mother, 2006, Goat Hair, acrylic, angora, plastic, wool, lace, and mohair )

Angela Silver Calgary AB, Red Thread Book, 2004 Paper back novella, red thread, 20 x 21.5 x 20 cm.

Lily Yung, Toronto, ON, Blue Boa, 2006, Neckpiece - 100% wool felt, die cut, hand assembled 10 x 10 x 80 cm purchased for the permanent collection

Honourable mentions also went to the following;

Karina Bergmans, Ottawa On, Flower Garden 2005, Wood stretcher, fabric, embroidery, plastic, wire string foliage flowers, 45 X 47.5 X 6.25 cm

Lyn Carter, Toronto, Voice Over, 2005, Fabric and found objects, 142,5 X 210 X 5 cm

Emilie O’Brien Vancouver BC, Blanket Theory 2006, DVD, 1 minute 12 seconds looped)

Lois Schklar Toronto, ON, Mapping time #3: Drawing Excerpt # 2006, Mixed media, string, papier mache, graphite, etc. 161x l05 x 6.25 cm.

Fibreworks 2006 September 2 - October 15

Cambridge Galleries, Queen's Square, 1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario

Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-8:30 pm; Fri & Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sun 1 - 5 pm

Info: 519.621.0460 or

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