Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Judy Black Is Back

Acid Sunset Pillow by Jennifer Neill of JUDY BLACK available at the Toronto One Of A Kind Show18” x 18”, 100% cotton canvas shell with polyester insert and hidden zipper for full washability. Original 4 color design, hand printed waterbased ink with a soft hand finish

This will be the last Blog posting until the new year. Yes with Halloween only a few days away it’s a hop skip and a jump to Christmas and New Years Eve. with that in mind I will give you a quick rundown of shows about to open, exhibitions you still have a chance to see and of course a list of Textile arts and Crafts shopping opportunities. I will suggest the purchasing of several exhibition catalogues for shows many of us couldn’t have seen because of geography rather then time, there is always time to go to exhibitions.

In the interim I am going to be busy putting fibreQUARTERLY Volume 4 Issue 4 Fall (late) to bed and getting the 2008 exhibition round up and Anthology organised for you to download in January. if you happen to see something that inspires you to do a guest Blog for me get in touch. in the meantime get out and look

Save the date!On Friday, November 14, the fully-transformed Art Gallery of Ontario will open to the public with three days of free admission.Celebrated architect and Toronto-born Frank Gehry’s first Canadian building, the new AGO will welcome the world to 110 light-filled galleries featuring more than 4,000 new and perennial favourite art works.The public opening day begins with a special ceremony in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony after which some of Canada’s newest citizens will be among the first to experience the AGO.visit this site and look at images of the build _________________
Opening soon:
Andrea Vander Kooij’ s “I want to tell you everything” is opening at Gallerie Diagonale in Montreal on November 1st and runs until November 29th
Radial Flowers, embroidery on recycled cotton bed sheet
This exhibition of large-scale embroidered textiles is the result of years of accumulation of discarded textiles and months of embroidery. Found quilts repurposed and embellished despite mildew stains and unfinished edges coexist with bed sheets upon which heroic battles are fought between opposing factions of children’s cartoon characters. Phantom hands reach in vain for rescue while imagined pregnancies have curious outcomes. Handwritten lists and notes are enlarged and embroidered, allowing us to ponder their non-sequiters. Both familiar and fantastical, all the works in this exhibition are made using traditional embellishment techniques, and are embroidered by hand.

You can visit her website if you can’t make it to the show, ( it is need of updating she has been very busy with life and art for the past few years and we all know we can’t do everything). .Andrea Vander Kooij

Gallerie Diagonale is located at 5455, rue de Gaspé, espace 203, Montréal, (QC) and is open Tues. through Sunday from Noon until 5 pm

While on the subject of Andrea , she along with Melanie Egan,(Harbourfront) William Hodge, (OCAD) juried the submissions to the Gladstone’s “Hard Twist” which opens on Friday, November 7, 2008 6-9pm
Hard Twist: The Gladstone Hotel's 3rd Annual Juried Textile Exhibition November 8 2008 to January 4 2009 12-5PM Daily 3rd Floor, 4th Floor love may make the world go round, but twist holds it together. Following on from last year's BIG FIBRE/little fibre that asked whether size matters in matters textile, Hard Twist explores the manifold and marvellous ways twist operates in the world of fibre.

Amélie Brisson-Darveau

Tightly-wound or softly spun, bent, hung or strung out, the works in the show reference a wild variety of issues: including the musings of Canada’s first official hangman, a Queen St. West crawl, sharks, dandelions and motherhood (sans apple pie), sports memorabilia and coral reefs, threaded together by their common dependence on twist for coherence and structural integrity.The first human who twisted a few strands together to make them longer and stronger had no idea of the force she had unleashed upon the world!
Participating Artists: Gareth Bate, Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton, Gordana Olujic Dosic, Tammy Osler, Ingrid Paulson, Meghan Price, Laura Smith, Ilona Staples, Casey Ann Wasniewski, and Bonnie Whitehall.
Curators:Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell
The Gladstone is putting on there second annual “textilian” (usable things made with textiles and fabric) shopping show the opening weekend.

The Gladstone Hotel's second annual pieceWORK show and sale showcases a diverse group of artists working in textile and fibre based mediums. Participating artists will present unique artist-made objects, wearables, fashion accessories, and home décor items for sale. pieceWORK takes place in the hotel's 2nd floor exhibition rooms.

Fri Nov 7 Opening Reception 6pm-10pm Exhibition Hours Saturday Nov 8 and Sun Nov 9 11am-6pm daily
Participating Artists: Sylwia Bartosik, MarieJosette and Friends: Marie Payne and Josette Luyckx, Pat Burns-Wendland, Bev Couse, Maureen Harding, Peggy Mersereau, Lucy Slykerman, Susan Harris Design, Barbara Hilts, Lemon Collective: Lisa Keophila, Katherine Morley, Sarah Nadas, Kat O'Shaughnessy and Willie Yung, Liz Cohoe, Amanda Reid, Kalyna Pidwerbesky, and JAMES FOWLER / TEXTI'LL
Back in Montreal:
Première exposition solo d'Émilie Desmeules. opening Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 5:00pm and running until Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Montreal Centre For Contemporary Textiles / Centre des Textiles contemporains de Montréal. 5800, rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC.
At this time of year Emilie Desemeules should be preparing for the One Of a Kind Show in Toronto, this year she is having her first solo exhibition in Montreal visit her website to see more of her work

At this time of year Emilie Desemeules should be preparing for the One Of a Kind Show in Toronto, this year she is having her first solo exhibition in Montreal visit her website to see more of her work

Visit the MCCT new website for a look at what is happening there
The next show to open at the Textile Museum of Canada is curator Patricia Bentley’s The Cutting Edge, November 19, 2008 - Jul 7, 2009
Methods used to wrap two-dimensional textiles onto the body change and adapt in response to society's needs and cultural preferences. The Cutting Edge will examine the simplest methods for dressing the human form and will trace the development of ever more complex garments through to the twenty-first century.
The opening for The Cutting Edge is on November 19th from 6:30 until 8 pm with remarks at 6:45. Meanwhile the Battlefield Project continues at the TMC until January 27th 2009 at which point we can look forward to the much anticipated Judy Chicago show (more about that in the new year)
The following are shows that are running elsewhere;
Calgary: Moral Fibres: Textiles from the Nickle Collections is an exhibition that draws on The Nickle Arts Museum’s diverse collections of art, ethnographic artifacts, and textiles including the Jean and Marie Erikson Rug and Textile Collection. Curated by anthropologist Michele Hardy, Moral Fibres draws together a number of textiles and textile-like artifacts that explore the moral dimensions of cloth. The exhibition, for example, explores how cloth is used to instruct, inspire, cover, resist, and instil values and behaviours.

King Amanullah Khan Carpet, Afghanistan, c late 20th’, Pile woven, wool. The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary

The Nickle Arts Museum, 2500 University Dr. N.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

Lectures occurring at the Nickel around this exhibition are as follows:
November 6, 2008 12:00pm: “Reflections on making and teaching” Bill Morten, Artist
Bill Morten is an artist who uses traditional Japanese textile techniques to create works of profound subtlety and beauty. Born in Didsbury, Alberta, Morton received an honours diploma from The Alberta College of Art in 1968 after which he travelled to Japan where he joined the Kunio Isa Textile Studio in Kyoto from 1972 to 1983, mastering the techniques of kimono dying. Since joining the faculty of the Alberta College of Art, Morten has inspired local students and continued to produce and exhibit exquisite silk textiles. His works are widely held in private and public collections including The Nickle Arts Museum, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the University of Alberta.

Read Anthea Black’s review of this exhibition in Calgary’s free weekly Fastforward on line at

December 4, 2008 12:00 pm, “From the Greenhouse to the Madhouse and back again”, Alan Dunning, Artist
Alan Dunning is an internationally renowned artist and Head of the Department of Media Arts and Digital Technologies at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since the 1980’s Dunning has produced monumental installations and artist’s books considering intertextuality and the mutability of meaning. His work since the 1990’s has examined immersive environments and virtual reality. His artwork is represented in many private and public collections, including The Nickle Arts Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and The Museum of Modern Art in NY.
Halifax: Danish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil

18 Oct 2008 – 23 Nov 2008, MSVU Art Gallery

166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gallery HoursTuesday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Closed Monday

Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who creates functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments. She also weaves pictorial tapestries and is known for unique fabric constructions such as the gallery installation Repassage.catalogue is available through the MSVU Gallery site

check out her website


Shopping for you to do:

Toronto, the moose show November 21, 22, 23 at the CNIB Conference Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario (Bayview south of Laurence near Sunnybrook Health Centre

This show features surface design artists like Ann Suzuki, Saniya Khan, and felter Kalyna Pidwerbesky who took part in last year’s and will be in this years pieceWORK show and sale at the Gladstone and had her work featured on this years Cabbagetown Festival poster.

water flower by Kalyna Pidwerbesky
Judy Black is Back, I mean its time for the Vancouver and Toronto One Of A Kind Christmas Shows and other pre Christmas art ,craft and Bric-a-brac shows are coming up
Acid Sunset – Flo Red,Flo Green+Forest on White, Short sleeve, AA-sweatshop free, 100% fine cotton jersey T-shirt. Original 3 color design, hand printed waterbased ink with a soft hand finish. Available in Women’s and Men’s sizes S-XL.Judy Black , Booth: P-57, Toronto One of a Kind Show: Duration: Full Show

The One of a Kind Show Vancouver is November 20 – 23 at BC Place Stadium and Toronto’s runs from November 27th until December 7th at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. At this point the Vancouver show has only two Textile artist where as Toronto has nineteen. The choice of category people place themselves in is not necessarily indicative of their practice but that is how it goes, visit the websites before you go to these events and look in fashion, toys and textiles and you’ll have a much better picture of what you will have access to. As web savvy shoppers know where to look for things the One of a Kind folks have had an internal blog on their site but this year they are taking advantage of Flickr as several of the artisans that show at the One of a Kind already do.

Pile of Scarves, By Rilla Marshell handwoven, wild silk, merino wool, cotton. hand felted, hand dyed. each scarf: 68" x 6", 2007

Rilla Marshall: Marshall Arts Booth: O-24 Corner Brook, NL Duration: 5 Days. We featured in Volume 4 Issue 2, after seeing her work in an exhibition in Calgary at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD called Common Thread (this show can be seen on a Flickr posting

Green Seaweed Scarf handwoven, wild silk, merino wool, cotton. Hand felted, hand dyed. 68" x 12"

PinPals from Montreal are back for a 6 day stay, Sara Guindon & Sam Purdy who work with cross stitch and silkscreen printing to produce brooches, earrings, necklaces and t- shirts and , Booth: O-29, Duration: 6 Days ( see their work at ) and on Esty Maud Stitch page and of course their MySpace page

Green Thread on a Bobbin Cross Stitch Pin, This pin measures approx. 2.5"x2.5" and is reinforced with a felt backing

There are dozen and dozens of community craft events happening at this time of year for example here is the link to an events listing site from Calgary. this will lead you from church bazaars to guild sponsored events. The work on display is that of amateur hobbyist and professionals so will work will no doubt make you laugh, but if you have ever been on Esty where you can buy cheesy toilet roll cosies crocheted with fine hand spun yarn of a silk wool blend. I have a friend that buys things like for the yarn. This time a year brings everything from the ridiculous to the sublime into the market place and these big events provide such a mixed bag you need to do a bit home work to dampen/ curb your impulses before you take them out to shop.

Signatures Shows Ltd. is a producer of craft shows and has 6 shows happening in different part of the country between now and Christmas staring this weekend with Touch of Talent at Bev Facey High School, 99 Colwill Boulevard, Sherwood Park, AB. Yes a high school auditorium

This company produces and manages annual shows across Canada in different markets that bring a mixture of local and national artisans or artisan companies together in atmospheres that range from country fairs to up market swap meets like the One of Kind Show. Based in Ottawa they are a Canadian-owned and operated business with a dedicated team of professionals. The artists that participate in these shows are a varied as the communities they come from. After the show in a high school auditorium in suburban Alberta they are of to Regina for Our Best To You [NOV 7 - 9], Winnipeg Winnipeg Signatures Christmas Show [NOV 20 - 23], then Calgary Festival of Crafts - Calgary

The FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS, at the Roundup Centre, Stampede Park, NOV. 29, 30, DEC. 1, 2, 2008 is now in its 22nd year, it is Alberta's largest Christmas art and craft show and features over 250 artisans from all across Canada.

The 20,000 visitors who attend this show are treated to a “ beautiful Christmas wonderland” of unique treasures. The wide variety of handmade gifts, combined with the aroma of scented candles, aromatherapy products, and gourmet food products creates a treat for all the senses. Whether it is traditional ironwork, handcrafted porcelain dolls, original artwork, handmade fur bears, and original design clothing, handcrafted jewellery, stoneware and raku pottery, traditional Christmas and country crafts, or unique metal creations, shoppers will be amazed at the talent and creativity of the participating exhibitors.

Hours of the show are:Thursday, November 29 (10AM – 9PM) Friday, November 30 (10AM - 9PM) Saturday, December 1 (10AM - 6PM) Sunday, December 2 (10AM - 5PM)

Admission is $5.00 and for that price, a re-entry pass is available on request, which will allow you to come and go all weekend. Seniors and youth admission is $4.00. Children 12 and under are free. after calgary it is on to
Butterdome Craft Sale [DEC 4 - 7] Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale [DEC 11 - 21]

This company produces and manages annual shows across Canada in a variety of different markets. Their portfolio of shows includes retail events where artists and consumers come together and wholesale markets where artists and retailers can conduct business. Based in Ottawa they are a Canadian-owned and operated business with a dedicated team of professionals. The artist that participate in these shows are a varied as the communities they come from and function some where between the Church basement and a Provincial Craft Council’s Gallery giving an entry point into the “Tradeshow” pilgrimages craft people spend their time trekking.

There actually two “craft retailer” shows going on in Calgary in November. Art Market Art and Craft Sale from Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 136 - 8th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta. There several of the same artist in this and the Festival Of Crafts, or the One of a Kind Show in Toronto.

ALPACA SCARVES Made with: alpaca, silk, polyamid Dimensions: 10" x 72"

The Helena Margareta Collection showcases luxurious wearable art, created and made in Canada by knitwear designer Helena Margareta Cernigoj. The alpaca shawls and wraps are knit from Canadian alpaca fibre.
The rare suri and the finest huacaya alpaca fibres are selected from alpaca ranches in Canada, custom spun into yarn for the designer at the mill, and are often blended with silk to enchance the luster, feel, and drape of the finished product.
The yarn fibres – with over 20 natural shades, including the rare chocolate brown, mahogany and jet black – are selectively hand-dyed by Helena herself, to enhance their beauty and functionality.
Knit on a loom-style artisan knitting machine, and hand-finished with old-world embellishments, Helena creates her own designs and compliments the alpaca with the finest European yarns. Her love is in designing the knits that compliment every woman’s beauty and style. Fusing art and fashion, the knits become timeless classics with modern flair.
One of a kind Show Booth: V-19 Duration: Full Show

Ann Heinonen: studio väri, Booth: R-23, Duration: 6 DaysAnn Heinonen is a fine art graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. While raising a family in Toronto, Ann's focus shifted to fibre arts. Her 2008 collection, made exclusively for One of a Kind allowed Ann to indulge in her love of thrifting and hand sewing, her passion for colour and even gave her a chance to draw (Check out her bunnies)

with all this information you should be able to go out and shop with........

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