Saturday, September 04, 2010

Expect the Unexpected: fQ's Fall Textile Listing

 There is an wonderful world out there along with all the other crap. The mistakes we have made and the hope we place in the next generation to save us may not be misplaced. There is imaginative high school student work on display now and through out the fall that will bring a smile to your face. Or in the case of the grade 10 students from  Toronto's Martingrove Collegiate Institute exhibition "Fabricating Fear" currently on in the Textile Museum of Canada's Fibre Space Gallery, a big belly laugh

"Night Fire" Kartik Dewan, 8cm X 3 cm x 20cm, polyester cloth with synthetic fibre fill [photo: joe lewis]

" My gargoyle is named Night Fire. It has brown eyes and ears. its is wearing black socks and a Buffalo nose, it has whit fur around the nose. Night fire is wearing a Ladybug Back Pack and wears white furry gloves and a colourful hat. I had originally picked these parts to make the teddy a scary looking gargoyle, but my original idea soon morphed into a very cute creature! the viewers will call it " a lovely, fun-loving and optimistic creature". This cute little gargoyle reminds me of a small girl returning home from school carrying an animal looking back pack."

Kartik Dewan

"Untitled freak" Stanislav Ahn, 32 cm High, 16 cm wide, 12cm length , polyester fabric, stuffing, cotton thread, plastic, wire and metal., cat- body, Seal- head and fins, rat - tail, Halloween mask- teeth, baby doll - sound mechanism. [photo: joe lewis]
 " The reason I made this creature the way I did is because I wanted to mix delicate beauty with extreme freakiness. The "cuteness" of the mouse is balanced with some additional features like teeth from a Halloween costume, a scar on the belly of the animal. I've also added a sound mechanism to make this seemingly sweet animal a little bit scary. Pull its hand or its foot to discover the Beauty within."..Stanislav Ahn

Fabricating Fear: grade 10 students from Martin grove Collegiate Institute in Fibre Space Gallery TMC.[photo: joe lewis]
.Not to out done by grade 10 students David Harper's Skin & Bones exhibition along with Lia Cooks Faces and Mazes and Stephnen Schofield's Stuble continue at the Textile Museum of Canada have been held over until October 17th.  Drawing with Scissors: Molas from Kuna Yala curated by Max Allen which open on July 21, 2010 and runs until February 13, 2011.
Last to Win by David R. Harper [photo: joe lewis]
detail of Last to Win. [photo: joe lewis]

There are currently two interesting shows at the Bata Show Museum: BEAUTY, IDENTITY, PRIDE:
Native North American Footwear
and SOCKS: Between You and Your Shoes. I dropped in during
"My Accidental Day " (yesterday) stroll along Bloor Street West after seeing “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art”.The Bata Shoe Museum a place I have never really explored. "Socks: Between You and Your Shoes" and " Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear" are interesting exhibitions.

Probably Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), early 18th century, Batta Shoe Museum Collection P94.81 [photo credit: Joe Lewis]
"Many early 18th century Iroquois moccasins featured gathers along the centre seam of the vamp. These seams are commonly covered with decorative quillwork whose design is echoed in the quillwork on the collars and on the back seams. The tin cones and hair fringe are also typical features of these early moccasins" Bata Museum Didactic

Beauty Identity and Pride has been on exhibit since November 2007 and was to close in 2009 but is still on and needs to be seen. The display is divided into geographic regions, the Iroquois being in the North East area entitled "The Warriors and Harvesters" others are Subarctic, Southeast, the Plains, the Great Basin, and the Southwest regions of North America.
fort Providence Slavey, c. 1987 Bata Shoe Museum Collection S87.81 [photo: joe lewis]

" Moose hair tufting was introduced by Ursuline nuns working in eastern Canada in the 17th century, Slowly it moved west where it  was embraced by the Athapaskans. This decorative technique was revived again in the 1930s and became a technique for many Slavey Women"  Bata Museum Didactic

Stocking Frame shown along with 19th century American Stocking. [Photo: Joe Lewis]

"What could be cosier than slipping into a pair of hand-knit socks? What about pair of warm woven grass socks or shimmery silk ones? For thousands of years, people around the world have sought to separate themselves from their shoes with all manner of socks.  Some are humble, some are splendid but all were created to make us more comfortable as we walk through life." Bata Museum Website

Socks: Between you and your shoes is broken into Nicely Knitted, Sewn Together and Factory Fabricated and with the inclusion of  a Replica of Ötzi man’s shoe, (2002 Dr. Petr Hlavacek,) they present 5,300 years of socks. Ötzi man’s body was found in the Alps in 1991, his body been preserved but so had his clothing, including his shoes and “socks”.

possibly Spanish, 17th century, Bata Museum Collection P96. 101 (knitted) [photo: joe lewis]
 "Knitting was introduced into Europe by the Moors who ruled Spain from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Finely knit silk stockings became a highly desirable Spanish specialty. Queen Elizabeth is said to have declared that she would never again wear linen hose after trying on a pair of Spanish silk stockings. This pair of hand-knit silk stockings is probably Spanish and was made to be worn by a very wealthy child. The stockings were made using silk threads that had been dyed red, which was the most expensive dye in the 17th century. The use of silver and gold gilt thread also suggests that the wearer was well off." Bata Museum Didactic

Yup'ik, late 19th century P01.68 (woven grass) [photo: joe lewis]
 I did take some photos but don't have permission to us them yet so check out the website where the images are better any way.

Cross Country Check In 


Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec presents Le Musée sort ses Griffes  an off site exhibition on display in the lively passages of the Montreal Eaton Centre with a selection of Quebec Designer's dresses from their collection. This show  featuring  over 35 pieces by Michel Robichaud, Raoul Jean Fouré Marie Saint Pierre, Joseph Helmer,  Marie-Paule Clairette Trudel just to mention some represents fashion from the 1950- 60

Joseph Helmer  Photo credit; Daniel Choiniere.this image is currently used without permission and is from the blog  "Montreal State of Mind" 
Across the rive at the Museum, LA RELÈVE SE RÉVÈLE an exhibition of work created by three young artist:  Eveline Menard - story, Melanie Morin - Textiles & Marie-Claude De Souza - poetry intervention, using the museums collection as a staring place to make new work. This show opened on July 30 and runs until October 17, 2010

Musée du costume et du textile du Québec
349, rue Riverside
Saint-Lambert, QC

Metro Longueuil, then bus no. 6, 13 or 15) or Highway 132, exit 6 Notre-Dame

Found during search 
Jason W. Fowler Fitzpatrick
DIAGONALE opens their 2010-2011 season with an exhibition of Vancouver artist Jason W. Fowler Fitzpatrick. on September 18th

Jason W. Fowler Fitzpatrick, 557
September 10th to October 9th 2010
Performative intervention : September 10th to September 18th

The projects history comes from time based works that hinge on the transformational quality/potential of sculpture. “557” was first realized in Ontario under the title “Lucy”. After adding a few elements the project went to Calgary and was executed for twelve days, it was after the Calgary exhibition that the title “TNG 557” was implemented. For the exhibition in Montreal the project will be called “557”.

Submitted by: Diagonal

Anna Biro
Text in Textile2
an interactive textile art exhibition
By the artist Anna Biro
From September 15 to October 22, 2010

Opening on September 15 at 5:00 pm

Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal /
Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles
5800 St-Denis bureau 501
Montréal (Québec)
H2S 3L5

Visit Ann Biro's website and watch video of this piece

Submitted by: MCCT
In Western Canada

One of 155 crocheted sculptures in Dale Roberts the "Distorts Series" which is part of Thread Bound at the Art Gallery of Regina

Thread Bound
Art Gallery of Regina.
Opening Reception on the 22nd September, 7-9 PM

2420 Elphinstone Street, Regina, SK.

This exhibition features ten artists working in various media that use filament to either make marks, create objects, bind parts or as broader metaphors relating to labour, tradition, domesticity, or confinement.

Exhibition features:  Martha Cole, Christopher Campbell Gardiner, June Jacobs, Leanne Lloyd, Judy McNaughton, Sheila Nourse, from Saskatchewan, Dale Roberts  from Victoria, BC, Karen Tam and Kristina Thornton from Montreal, and Cara Sawka from Halifax, Guest curated by Wendy Peart.

for more information visit the website:

Submitted by: Dale Roberts


final chapter of Maggie Tchir and Kathleen Hill's installation, COSMIC HOUSE - POINT OF RETURN,

at the Opening on Friday September 17 at 7pm at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar across from the airport.

On Saturday September 18 they shall be giving a talk and a walk-about through the installation at 1 pm.

Through discussion, images and a 'walk-about' through the installation, Cosmic House - Point of Return, artists, Maggie Tchir and Kathleen Hill will discuss their collaborative creative process. They will address how the subject matter of their installation has affected both their own personal and professional lives and daily practices. The talk will begin at 1 pm at the Kootenay Gallery on Saturday September 18.

Submitted by: Maggie  Tchir


WRAPPED: An Exhibition of Kimono Inspired Garments 
 Jenefer Pleadwell - Jessica de Hass
September 9 - October 17.
Craft Council of BC Gallery at Crafthouse
1386 Cartwright st. Granville Island, VAncouver, BC.

Opening reception Sept. 9 6-8 pm. 

There will also be an artist talk on Sept 30 at 7pm.

Submitted by: Jessica de- Hass


On Saturday, September 11th from 2-5 pm in Cambridge as we celebrate contemporary Canadian textile art by opening a unique art installation by Cambridge Centre for the Arts 2010 Artist-in-Residence Sue Sturdy; along with two textile based exhibitions organized by Cambridge Galleries. 

OPENING COMMENTS will take place on the Main Street Bridge at 3:00 pm.

RECEPTIONS to follow at Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square and Design at Riverside
Sylvia Kind,: detail of "9 impossibly small sweaters", 2007, Knit wool, zippers, buttons, Various dimensions.
Purchased by the Cambridge Galleries for their permanent collection.
to see more photos from fibreworks 2008 see my facebook album 

Fibreworks 2010

September 11-October 31, 2010
Jurors: Catherine Heard and David H. Kaye

Canadian artists from coast to coast participate in this juried competition, now in its 13th edition. The competition honours the community's rich textile manufacturing history and provides a showcase for the extraordinary work carried out by Canadian artists working in the fibre medium. This year's jurors, Catherine Heard and David H. Kaye, have selected works that truly represent the diversity and ingenuity of these artists.


Sarah Alford, Maria Chronopoulos, Lyne Girard; Ann Marie Hadcock, Noelle Hamlyn, Kate Hampel,
Eleanor Hannan,  Cynthia Jackson, Sayward Johnson, Svava Juliusson, Valerie Knapp, Tracey Lawko.
Shuyu Lu, Sarah Maloney,  Judy Martin, Nancy Anne McPhee, Heidi Overhill,  Matthew Peddie & Alan Wilson.
Meghan Price ,  Elizabeth Roy, Angela Silver. Ilona Staples,  Kelly Thompson,  Laura Vickerson,
Yvonne Wakabayashi,  Meichen Waxer and  Anna Wieselgren

fibreworks 2010 artist Noelle Hamlyn: with embroidered jacket, made of tea bags. which won FIBRE - BEST OF CATEGORY at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Best of the TOAE 2009 exhibition at the First Canadian Place Gallery [photo: joe lewis]


August 24-October 24, 2010
Curated by Esther E. Shipman

This exhibition features the work of established and highly regarded textile designer-entrepreneurs from across Canada, whose work bridges the worlds of art and commercial fabrication. Each of the studios in the exhibition is represented by several examples of their work, providing an opportunity for a closer look into their individual design styles, products and collections.

ArchiTextiles lab |
Armstrong Fox Textiles |
Monique Beauregard & Robert Lamarre/Seri+ |
Laura Friedland Design/Moose Mountain |
Bev Hisey |
Institute of Everyday Life |
Virginia Johnson |
Arounna Khounnoraj/bookhou |
MOTIF Textile (Marie-Hélène Langevin) |
Joy Walker/WORKtextiles |
Kathryn Walter FELT Studio |
Lily Yung |

"Blue Gold", a hand knotted carpet, Wool Topography with Silk Rivers 72" X 108 " designed by Bev Hisey and hand made by a "Rug Mart" certified maker. the tile of this rug is inspired by Maude Barlow's book " Blue Gold; The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Waters" written with Tony Clark and published in Canada by McClelland and StewartMADE's Radiant Dark 2010 photographed at - Assets & Values-an exhibition of modern Canadian Design 199 Bay street, Commerce Court west Ground floor lobby, Jan 20-24 2010 [photo: joe lewis]

Arounna Khounnoraj (Toronto, ON) "untitled" 2000, Salt and Copper wire.(approx 4' high)
This piece is part of the Cambridge Galleries permanent collection added in 2001
Gift of the Artist [photo: joe lewis]

KNIT camBRIDGE, Through September 26, 2010

Main St. Bridge installation under the direction of Sue Sturdy, Artist-in-Residence, Cambridge Centre for the Arts

More than 1,000 people, ranging in age from 4 to 103 years, have joined together to help cover the Main Street Bridge with creative knitting designs. Contributors come from Cambridge, across the province, North America and throughout the globe as far away as Australia. This colourful public artwork celebrates the rich textile history of the area and the resurgence of knitting as an exciting contemporary art form. Once the bridge installation is over the knitting will be washed and sewn into scarves to be used for a fundraising event on November 25th with all proceeds going towards the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank, YWCA and the Cambridge Arts Guild (Cambridge Centre for the Arts).

For more information about this project, please visit:

FREE ART BUS: The bus will be departing from the Virginia Johnson Boutique (132 Ossington Avenue, Toronto) at 1 pm. To RSVP for the ART Bus contact 519.621.0460 x127.

Submitted by: Cambridge Galleries

Almont Ontario

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

September 11th ~ 12th, 2010, 15th Annual Fibrefest

This three day festival features fibre art vendors, demonstrations, a quilt and weaving exhibit, fashion shows, historical reenactments, plays, a textile appraisal fair and much, much more

Agnus Dei, by William C. G. Hodge, 21.5 inches by 30 inches, fabric collage, 2010

Uplift by William C. G. Hodge.
September 10th ~ October 7th, 2010

A joyful visual exploration of the Requiem mass. Specific Requiem Masses by Hector Berlioz, Zbigniew Preisner, and Guiseppe Verdi inspired the three larger works. Reading the text of the mass and particular elements from many favorite Requiem Masses inspires the other works. This exhibition will open as part of Fibrefest and continue through October 7.
Kyrie, by William C. G. Hodge, 14 inches by 18 inches, fabric collage, 2010 [image provided by artist] 
Visit the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum's new website for more information

You can see Uplift on William Hodge's website 

Found during regular search. Then I became a member of the museum  so I could get regular updates.


Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic
September 26, 2010 - February 2011
The Frederick Horsman Varley Gallery
Curated by Sarah Quinton

The exhibition includes a selection of Kai Chan’s sculptural works, created between 1975 and 2010. The exhibition is in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. it is in two parts with the first section opening in Markham on September 26 at the The Frederick Horsman Varley Gallery  216 Main Street, Unionville (visit their facebook page ) and part two opens at the Textile Museum of Canada, 7 November 2010 to 1 May 2011.

Then the show will tour

View Larger Map for travel details between the Textile Museum in Toronto and the Varley Gallery in Unionville
you can easily travel on Public Transit if you don't drive it takes appropriately 90 minutes from Union Station

Public Programs at the Varley

Exhibition Tour:  with curator Sarah Quinton and artist Kai Chan

Date: Sunday, November 7

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Admission: Free with admission

Panel Discussion: The Complex Practice of Simplicity

Date: Sunday, November 28

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Fee: $10 members; $15 non-members

A panel discussion of Kai Chan's work with exhibition curator Sarah Quinton, Shannon Anderson (writer curator educator) , Charles Guilbert (Video Artist) and Kai Chan. Moderated by Lynne Milgram.(Professor of Anthropology OCAD University)

Pre-registration required. Contact the Varley at (905) 477-9511.

 There several other events and actives happening around Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic at the Varley in Markham visit their website by clicking on link above for more information

submitted by: Kai Chan


Coming in October

Carmella Karijo Rother decorated canoe paddles as a fundraiser for WaterCan.
 There are Studio Tours happening across the country this fall as usual, Carmella Karijo Rother who is a past participant of the Chelsea/Wakefield Quebec Studio Tour which is now in its twentieth year and takes place during the first two weekends in October submitted this photo of her decorated paddle.

Current and past artists of the Chelsea/Wakefield Quebec studio tour have decorated canoe paddles as a fundraiser for WaterCan. The proceeds will provide Ugandans with new wells and be matched 3:1 by the Canadian International Development Agency. A selection of paddles, including mine, can be viewed during September at Trailhead in Ottawa. The entire roster of paddles will be on display and for sale during the tour.

Opening Friday October 1, tour days October 2-3, 9-11

No.7 by Carmella Karijo Rother from Numbers series, was featured in the book “500 Art Quilts".
It will be exhibited with the work of other artists in the International Quilt Market & International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. October 30-November 1 and Nov 4-7,

You can find more about Carmella you can visit her website at

In  advance of El Anatsui exhibition at the ROM the Institute for Contemporary Culture

Walls and Barriers – A Collaborative Project
Canada Court, Level 1
September 25 to October 23, 2010

This fall, the Institute for Contemporary Culture presents Walls and Barriers, a large collaborative art project created by young artists from 20 secondary schools and community agencies across the Greater Toronto Area. The 500+ participants will create an original public art installation in response to the work of internationally renowned African artist, El Anatsui. A solo exhibition of Anatsui's work will be on display at the ROM October 2010 to January 2011.

Inspired by Anatsui’s artistic practice and philosophy, each participant has transformed a 10x12 inch plexiglass panel into an individual artistic reflection on the obstacles they encounter in their own lives. Linked together, the colourful panels form a series of moveable walls, and become part of a larger community project.

Walls and Barriers connects young artists from different backgrounds to stimulate dialogue on the themes of overcoming walls and barriers. It offers them the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a project that will be exhibited at a major cultural institution, and pioneers an unconventional approach to art education.

Curated by Vanessa Barnett and Elena Soní.

El Anatsui’s shimmering mosaic-like patchwork “cloths” made of hammered pieces of metal waste [image provided by the Surface Design Association]

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, October 2, 2010 to January 2, 2011

The Institute for Contemporary Culture hosts the North American premiere of El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, a career retrospective of the internationally renowned artist. Best known for monumental wall sculptures made from discarded bottle tops, Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui, has transformed often-overlooked and discarded materials into monumental visual statements that reference global, local and personal histories, as well as traditional Ghanaian beliefs.
More Information

Film: Fold, Crumple, Crush: The Art of El Anatsui
Wednesday, November 24, 7pm
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Documentary film on the art and life of El Anatsui, followed by Q&A with director Susan Vogel.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and has been supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

These are just some of the exhibitions and events on the books for this coming fall, The 2010 2011 exhibition season is off to a good start 

they will be seen by many and written about by few.If you see an exhibition that you want to review for fibreQUARTERLY we are always looking so please feel free to contact me at

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