Saturday, April 11, 2009

Textile Art in Canada:, Opening April 15

do I have your attention? this is advance notice:


Alexandra De Francesco, Shilo Anne Chilrose and Kat O’Shaughnessy

A wild and theatrical catwalk performance that is part fashion show, part apocalyptic warning, is bound to entertain audiences at Toronto Alternative Art s and Fashion Week 2009.

this haute-couture performance at Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week (also known as FAT) at 10:45 pm on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Opening In Montreal

Textile Art in Canada:
5April 15 to May 22, 2009,

Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles

5800 St-Denis Studio 501 Montréal, Québec

the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) will be presenting Textile Art in Canada, an important exhibition regrouping the art works of the best known artists on the Canadian textile art scene. Telos Art Publishing, a British publisher specialized in contemporary textile art, is Launching a book entitled Art Textiles of the World: Canada.

[ for a complete list of the artist in this exhibition with links to some of their websites see the post from
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 below]

also opening the same night and just a short cab ride (if its cold) away on the same night Montreal designer Philippe Malouin along 5 other industrial and furniture designers will be opening at Commissaires at 5226 St-Laurent

Opening in Waterloo

Heidi Overhill is opening The Museum of Me at the East Campus Hall Gallery, University of Waterloo, Phillup Street, Waterloo, Ontario.
opening party is April 17. 2009 from 5-8 pm and runs untill April 24. 2009

Iraqui War Sock

Joe's Agenda March 28th - April 5 2009

dateline: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:12pm

Last Saturday I headed down to the *new* Gallery at 906 Queen Street West, in Toronto for the opening of Words Unspoken
this exhibition presented the work of the “W” Collective – Vanessa Li, Hoi Yee Wong, Koeun Park, Monica Bodirski and Martina Edmondson

Monica Bodirsky mixed quilts, photo transfers layered, literally pieces together her family’s past and her present to better understand her relationships with her family as well as with herself.

Hoi Yee Wong uses kozo, the strongest fibre in the world to convey her feelings about relationships Her Pandora-like box explodes with emotions as the plant defies the limitations of the container.

Vanessa Li’s work as she considers the intense feelings and the unspoken bond between the mother and child
Martina Edmondson multiple layers of photo transfers on organza: examines the relationship among five sisters by superimposing their portraits and blurring the division between them this show runs March 25 – April 9, 2009
Having missed the first day of the Spring One of A King Show, April 1_ April 5, Direct Energy Centre, exhibition Place, Toronto, [Wednesday morning, I will be there Bright eyed and Bushy Tailed,

Laurie Siblock a gardutaed from Kootney School of Art, and Special Events & Community Liaison from Lang Pioneer Village in Keen Ontario, visits with students Erikka Moojelsky, Danielle Ortman and instructor Maggie Tchir from Kootney School of Art at Selkirk College from Nelson British Columbia. they where in Booth: K-29, vist the website for more information about the school

[Lang Pioneer Village has a 19th century Jacquard Loom in their collection which we will be featuring in an comming issue. for more information visit their website]

Kate Plant's embroidered felt Kootney School of Art at Selkirk College

Valérie Bédard standing here in the Maison des Métiers d'Art Booth. From Quebec City, with her work was featured in fibreQUARTERLY "Quebec Seen" volume 3 Issue 3 September 2007, Valérie Bédard,, Maison des Métiers d'Art,

Thursday morning.]
I dropped by the Textile Museum to take a look at a "Sample" exhibition of silk screened textiles done by Sheridan College textile students base on textiles held in the Museums permanent collection. On Thursday evening after running around at the One of a Kind Show I will be heading to the opening of the Sheridan textile and furniture grad students exhibition at the Ontario Craft Council.

Kerry Croghan, "Knit" Wallpaper, and Darryl Ferretti, Barstool

Human Forum: Sheridan Furniture and Textiles
April 2 - May 2, 2009

Ontario Crafts Council
990 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON

Opening Reception, Thursday, April 2, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Holly Oulton, Growing apart, Silkscreen on Cotton, fibre reactive dye, I first saw Holly's printed textile last year in the Textile Museum of Canada's Fibre Space Hands on Gallery where Sheridan student exhibited printed textiles inspired by the Museums permanent collection, she had been turn on by the Toile de Jouy and produced some bucolic delights

to see photographs from the one of a kind show and more from the Human Forum exhibition you can go to my new facebook group "fibreQUARTERLY Group(ies) "

On Friday I will be leaving town and heading west toward the family headquarters in Paris Ontario. there are a few openings and exhibitions in the area that will be worth checking out starting with Lorraine Roy's exhibition in Dundas

this photograph of Lorraine Roy's recent "Escarpment" work was taken at "The Artist Project" at the Liberty Grand where she was one of four "Textile" artist at the Liberty Grand that weekend

April 3-26, 2009

The Carnegie Gallery

10 King Street West
Dundas, ON

Inspired by the breathtaking historic Escarpment area of Dundas/Hamilton.

On Saturday at the Cambridge Galleries
Allyson Mitchell: Brain Child

April 04 - May 10, 2009

“Brain Child” is an installation by Allyson Mitchell that recontextualizes a common thrift store craft item. Her installation features a collection of more than 50 bonnet-clad female ceramic figures, a popular craft subject in the 1970s and 80s. Placed in formation this uncanny army converges on a large brain constructed out of fiberglass and afghan rugs. In this unexpected context these once innocent kitschy figures assume a foreboding aura as their large bonneted heads now suggest expanded cranial capacity and telepathy – imagine “Holly Hobby” morphing into “Children of the Damned”. Like her previous work, including the hysterical “Lady Sasquatch” series, Mitchell’s work mines pop culture fads and twists them inside out as a way to explore socially prescribed expectations of femininity and sexuality.

While in Cambridge I will be heading over to the Design at Riverside for Selections from the Fibre Art Collection, March 02- April 12, 2009

elsewhere in the world......

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