Friday, April 27, 2007

Things to do and see in May

In the January blog I mentioned the opening of winter exhibitions at Harbourfront, there was a series of textile pieces in the Vitrines the one that caused the most delight for me was the Velvet Fire equipment by Montreal artist Andrea Vander Kooij. The piece was installed beside the real fire equipment adding a slight ironic if not frightening aspect to the piece. These images just delivered by Andrea are posted here to give you an example of her work, many samples of which have been posted in the blog, (Toronto Out Door Art Show 06 at Toronto City Hall last July and Hand Face Body at the Gladstone this past October) and she will be part of the Concordia Alumni Show that opens at the FOFA Gallery in Montreal next week ( see below for details)

Yesterday J. Penny Burton (co-editor of the forth coming Quebec Issue of fibreQUARTERY / Summer 2007) and I visited the Textile Museum where we saw the fish clothing of Yo Wenfeung, along with the Colour and Light show which are now on display.

Late last night i realized it was time to post a new blog and with a few thoughts on the over abundant methods of web communication I began (see below)
Now get outside and see some textile art

You Wenfeng and her grandson.
Photo: Ruth Lor Malloy "Fish Skin Clothing" on now at the TMC in Toronto

There seems to be a revolution a foot: FACEBOOK, BLOGGING, UTUBE, all just more Ecommunications. Are we spreading news/ information? Gossiping, making ourselves small “c” celebrities by publicly embarrassing ourselves and our families in a grand yet affordable format, trying to become rich or just trying in an earnest yet misguided way to connect with a larger world. What effect does this have on traditional information venues appears to be of little consequence since they jump on the or just buying the Band wagon so to speak. (That is a pun with out intention)

Keeping track of artist, exhibitions, and events is more then a full time job and in this country Akimbo has become the central clearing house for general arts information and its recent redevelopment of the website allows you to focus the information you get by geography and basic categories of Jobs, or event, or exhibitions. But if you want specific textile and fibre information fibreQUARTERLY is definitely the place, and with the completion of the new design launching with the Spring 2007, the “Western” issue due the middle of May it will be even more the place to find Who, What, When and Where not to mention the up an coming How section.

That said, it is that time of year, Graduate Art Exhibitions, Open Houses at Art and Community Colleges/ Universities across the Country.

Montreal: Concordia FOFA Gallery


30 April- 1June 2007, Vernissage Tuesday 1 May, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

An exhibition of recent FOFA Alumni including Andrea Vander Kooij

1515 rue Sainte-Catherine Quest,

Oakville: Sheridan College Open House, April 28 – 29
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON
L6H 2L1


Tour De Force: 92nd Annual OCAD Graduate Exhibition

Friday May 11 to Sunday May 13, 11 am to 6 pm (Friday until 8 pm)
Venue: Main Campus at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Admission: pay-what-you-can

: Graduates of the Capilano College Textile Arts Program


Tuesday May 3, 2007 7pm – 9pm

335 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

Gallery hours Tues - Sun. 12pm – 5pm

Exhibition runs from May 4 – May 19

Other exhibitions and events of interest


Skerwink Quilters Exhibition -Summer 2007
Lester Garland House
A display of hand-pieced and hand-stitched quilts designed and worked by the members of the Skerwink Quilters Guild. The quilters live in Port Rexton and Trinity East and meet weekly from October to May.

For more information about this event, contact Bunty Severs (709) 464-9743 or e-mail

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Small Skirmishes & Outright War: Bunty Severs, Susan Furneaux, Libby Moore

May 6 - June 15
Main Gallery
An exhibition by textile artists which will explore the notion of battles--both real and imagined--that are fought in the Newfoundland garden.

Devon House Craft Centre
59 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 1E6

Embroiderers Association of Canada's National Seminar - 5/15/2007
Stitching on the Edge
May 15 - 20, 2007
Fibre Arts Forum
May 21 - 23, 2007

The St. John's Guild of Embroiderers and the Embroiderers Association of Canada invite you to participate in this annual National Seminar. There will be a variety of four day and two day workshops with world class instructors in a number of different embroidery techniques. Registration has already begun.

Visit for details on classes offered and registration while there are still spaces left. Membership in the Embroiderers Guild is required, and may be paid when sending in your application. The membership fee is $35.00


Judith Martin: Protection Blankets

May 05 - June 23, 2007

Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, May 5 at 2:30 pm

Cambridge Galleries, Preston, 435 King St. E, Cambridge, Ontario

Judith Martin is also showing at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

in Almont Ontario


TMC 55 Centre Street, Toronto Onartio

You Wenfeng: Fish Skin Clothing runs untill September 28

Curated by Natalia Nekrassova. The Hezhe people, one of the smallest of China's 55 ethnic minorities, live in Heilongjiang province in northeast China on the Songhua River. You Wenfeng was born in Hezhe village and learned the skill of making fish skin clothing from her grandmother. Ms. You began making these clothes at the age of 21 for the provincial museum, and the techniques she uses are centuries old. The child's clothing featured in this exhibition took her 20 days to create, and is made from the skins of 25 locally caught salmon, each weighing five kg. The exhibit will be annotated with photographs and a DVD of the process.

Cloth That Shook The World

May 2 to October 7, 2007
Opening reception: Wednesday May 2, 6:30 pm. Remarks at 6:45 pm.

Curated by Max Allen. Cloth is at the heart of history - locally, nationally and globally. Cloth has caused political and scientific revolutions - from the San Blas Islands of Panama to the research laboratories of DuPont. Textile workers are in jeopardy today just as they were in the 18th century. Cloth That Shook The World tells twenty stories, including what weavers did in places like England when machinery and world commerce took away their jobs.


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