Friday, August 06, 2010

Joe lewis and Kathy Schicker exbition now on line at poplar Gallery and other news


On Line now.

Lia Cook,  Kathy Schicker and I in front of Kathy's "Sisters" piece at the opening of "Telling Tales: Narrative Woven Textiles by Joe Lewis and Kathy Schicker" at Gallery @2 Berkeley in Toronto on April 10, 2010

American Artist Lia Cook's Faces and Mazes exhibition is part of a three solo displays at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. Person  Place and Thing which opened earlier this year on April 10th features Skin & Bone: David R. Harper and Stumble: Stephen Scofield and these exhibitons have just had there run  extended until October 17th.
read about Lia Cook in fQ volume 6 Issue 2 "looking at lia cook through the Maze" by joe lewis

David R Harper The Last to Win, 2009, 216 x 234 x 74 cm, polyurethane, cowhide, embrodery floss, ceramic epoxy, glass, synthetic hair, nylon (photo taken joe lewis at opening by perrission fro fibreQuarterly postings)
This Just in:

ACAD University (Alberta College of Art and Design)  is seeking Sessional Fibre Faculty to teach courses in the 2011 winter semester. There is the potential for a fulltime course load for at least one semester.  Please submit applications by September 30, 2010.

This is a great opportunity to teach in one of Canada’s most dynamic Fibre Programs.

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The anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony for the S. W. Lowry Weaver's Shop & Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre at the Fur Trade Re-enactment event has been postponed until further notice. Please check back at website on a later date for more details.


One of our many volunteers, demonstrates her spinning skills during a special event at Lang Pioneer Village
Keith W. Bentley: New Sculpture
July 29 - August 21, 2010
Opening : Thursday, July 29, 6 - 9pm

p|m Gallery
1518 Dundas Street West, Toronto


Kieth W. Bently's Cauda Equina, 1995-2007, approx. 1.4 million hand knotted horse hairs on fabric on foam was seen in  BIG FIBRE little fibre at the Gladstone in 2007, fibreworks 2008 at the Cambridge Galleries and is currently in New York. In this current exhibition at p/m gallery in Toronto there are a number of smaller yet more challening pieces. Working with horse hair or animal pelts seems to be in vouge in Canada at the moment. " David R. Harper (Halifax/Chicago) "Skin and Bones" currently on at the TMC (see image above) embroiders portraits of people on animal skins, playing on one of the traditional roles of portraiture which was to immortalize and elevate the subject through artistic representation – just as the trophy from a hunting excursion might be a bear skin rug or a rack of antlers. These images of anonymous, Victorian-era men and women imply an emotional distance that allows the artist to poke at the slippery slope where nature and culture meet" (from TMC website).what this means is up for interpatation.

Foreground: Keith W. Bentley, Cauda Equina, 1995-2007, approx. 1.4 million hand knotted horse hairs on fabric on foam (part of BIG FIBRE little fibre), Background: Barbara Wisnoski, 2007, Landscape Series #2: repetition of an act of mourning, cotton, silk, wool, linen and synthetic fabrics (photo provided by the Gladstone and used with permission)

Eric Mathew exhibtion of flags opened at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto on August 4 th 2010  
Eric Mathew as a designer has a series of carpets that have been in exhibitions like Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design, 16 September to 6 December 2008, at the University of Toronto Arts Centre, as well as "trade shows" such as Come Up to My Room" which happens at the Gladstone in conjugation with the International Interior Design Show. Both these events along with a dozen more are now the Toronto Internatioanl Design Festival which takes place at the end of January

Room 204 at Gladstone, Come Up to My Room, January 2010,  MADE presents a carpet by Eric Mathew for Source UK, Tibetan wool and Indian silk hand crafted in Nepal 3' X 5' with chairs by Andrew Ooi

to find more about the events, products and maker designers the MADE represents visit their website at

You can see some photographs of work from these two shows in my facebook album Thursday 5 August 2010 textile ? run around

  Lyn Carter: Stretched
July 31 to September 19
Opening reception with artist present:
Saturday, July 31 from 2 to 4

Durham Art Gallery

251 George Street East, Durham

Stretched is an exhibit by Lyn Carter featuring genre-bending sculptural constructions that incorporate patterned fabrics and everyday objects. Abstract and hybrid, Carter’s objects thrive in the space between surface and structure, painting and sculpture, reality and illusion. Much of her work appears to be shaped by the action of gravity on a stretch fabric, but this impression is carefully constructed through the way the cloth is cut, so that the effects of tension are mimicked rather than real. In this way the works toy with our expectations of sculpture and challenge our understanding of the physical world: weight and lightness, scale, suspension and gravity.

Gallery hours: Tues to Fr 10 - 5; Sat, Sun and Holidays 1 to 4 plus Thurs evenings 7 to 8

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Carole Baillargeon’s “La robe écrite.”
Space 1 at galerie [sas] 
August 12th to Saturday September 18th 2010
372, Sainte-Catherine West, suite 416
Montreal, PQ

Carole Baillargeon’s exploration in sculpture addresses the relationship between human and clothing. The collection brings to light the meaning and functions of clothing, as well as materializes the multiple faucets of the human experience. The works in “la robe écrite” were inspired from a literary investigation. Drawing on authors who were interested in the theme of dress, Carole Baillargeon created a series of six sculptures. For each sculpture she chose a material and technique based on their expressive potential. The narrative of these works reflects both her personal history as well as the vision of the authors. Appearing more human than costume, the grandeur of these clothes breathe a kind of theatricality that invites the viewer to engage with them.

Carole Baillargeon : An artist of crafts and visual arts, Carole Baillargeon is recognized for her sculptural work that deals with the human being through the theme of clothing. Receiving both a Bachelor of Arts in design and a Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University, Carole Baillargeon has been active in the visual arts community since 1987. Her work has shown in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. Moreover, her work was awarded the prize for International Influence by the Cultural Council of the regions of Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches. Carole Baillargeon can be found at “La Maison des Métiers d'art de Québec,” a collegiate institution that teachers sculpture, ceramic, and textile arts. She has been there since September 2006.


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The Living Tapestry,  Thoma Ewen, at 
The Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans. ON 
August 26 to September 28th, 2010.

In collaboration with Moon Rain Centre, and the international textile arts event, "When Thirteen Moons Entwine", you are invited to the opening  on  Sunday August 29th, 2 to 4pm.

For further information contact Moon Rain Centre, 819 457 9711,


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Call for Submissions 

ART TORONTO 2010: the 11th Toronto International Art Fair
October 28 – November 1, 2010
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

In October artists, collectors, curators and art enthusiasts will converge on Toronto for the biggest contemporary and modern art Fair in Canada.

Art Toronto 2010 will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 28 to November 1, 2010. This highly anticipated annual event showcases renowned Canadian and international art from modern masters to the hottest artists on the contemporary art scene. This year Art Toronto 2010 features more than 100 galleries from 10 countries including 28 new participants who will present hundreds of artists and thousands of works of art. That’s a lot of talent in one building. To see a full list of Galleries, click here.

That’s not all you’ll see at Art Toronto 2010. There is so much to keep up with – artists, galleries, special projects, speakers, installations and parties. Fair highlights include cultural programming consisting of interactive curatorial projects, engaging programming, prominent guest speakers and thought provoking panel discussions. Take the opportunity to explore what’s happening in contemporary art, explore modern masterpieces and access global art publications.

Let Art Toronto help you get the most out of Canada’s only major contemporary and modern art fair. Keep in touch, we’ll be your guide to the best of what the art world has to offer year-round! For more information on the Fair and its programming visit us: | | Facebook | Blog

Art Toronto 2009 will take place October 28 to November 1 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.

Need more Art Toronto? Click here.
Photos, clockwise from top left: hand dyed roving by Kristyn Woodfine, magnet making workshop by the workroom,
darned slippers by Becky Johnson, laser cut garlands by Day Milman, burnt paper doilie and 'How to Macrame' installation by Lizz Aston

City of Craft 2010 (Vendors, Installations, Craft-based Artists)

An annual December event in Toronto's Queen West West gallery district, City of Craft is at once a juried holiday craft fair, a collection of curated group shows, neighbourhood installation programming and more. Read below to find out about the calls currently open for our 2010 event.

1. Vendor Applications
Makers of art and craft items who would like to vend from a table space for our two-day event are encouraged to submit an application here -
(Deadline: August 31)

2. Love and Money
A Group Show Curated by Tara Bursey
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
“Are money and craft strange (or natural) bedfellows?  How does craft transcend issues of commerce?  How do you navigate or perceive the dichotomy of craft for love/craft for money?  Work that addresses any facet of the above ideas is welcomed as a submission.  Submissions of fine craft, indie craft and art are encouraged.”
Information and Submission form here -
(Deadline: August 15)

3. For Keeps: a mending show
Presented in partnership with Toronto Craft Alert and Worn Fashion Journal
Cream Tangerine Café Gallery at the Great Hall
“Tucked away in fraying quilts, hidden on dishes under plants, or protected by tissue in boxes up high – you may be harbouring a piece of art in your home without even knowing it.  We are seeking your darned, patched, glued and otherwise mended objects for a group exhibition to take place as part of City of Craft’s 2010 art and installation programming.”
Information and submission form here -
(Deadline: September 15)

4. The Midway
Curated by Becky Johnson
On the Theatre Centre Balcony
“Interactive booths and services galore! We want your loveliest ideas for products and services that can be delivered to our creatively minded attendees. Design, propose and build your own booth (or table display) and we will try to work it into a beautiful shanty town of pre-holiday intervention.”
Information and applications here -
(Deadline: September 15)

5. Everything else!
Have an installation or project that does not fit into any of our calls? We make no guarantees, but we can try our best to work your crazy/amazing ideas into the show. We have spaces to fill in our venue (The Theatre Centre) – broom closets, washrooms, overhead space, risers. We have also helped submissions take to the streets in large explosions of craft-based public art. What do you want to do? Email your ideas and proposals to
(Deadline: Until space is filled)

Big Note: Vendor applications are weighted towards local makers only in the case of neck-and-neck jury votes. All other submission calls are open to those far and wide (although logistics of transportation may apply). So show yourselves off, outerlanders!


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