Saturday, January 30, 2010

Febuary 2010: Canadian Textile and Fibre openings, and ongoing exhibitions

This just a quick look at what is currently opening and up in different cities across Canada


you can see more photos from February events  as they happen in my  facebook album 
February in Toronto 2010

He That Makes Himself a Sheep, a new sculpture by Barbara Hobot,
Peak Gallery, 23 Morrow Avenue, Toronto
On view from January 27 - February 13, 2010
You can read about Barbara Hobots recent work in an Interview with Mike Landry for, April 30 2009

Nine Patch Quilt (1848). On loan from the Ontario Black History Society (photo by joe lewis)
Stitching Community: African Canadian Quilts From Southern Ontario
Wilson Canadian Heritage Exhibition RoomSigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum
January 29 Until September 6, 2010

Vessna Perunovich, ON EXHIBIT
Performance / installation / video / large scale wall drawings

962 Queen Street West
February 1st to 28th, 2010 / 9am-5pm
Closing Party: February 26th,2010 / 7pm-10pm

Toronto based artist Vessna Perunovich transforms Queen Street’s Paul Petro Special Projects Gallery into a studio/residency site-specific space. Enclosed within the Gallery space and exposed to pedestrians through the gallery window, Perunovich will practice her art under the scrutiny of the public eye. For the entire month of February, the audience will have a unique opportunity to experience the artist’s creative process as a public display, rather than an intimate enclosed experience.

Pass by the Gallery and witness the artist as she performs her project On Exhibit.

As a sculpture she has used fibre strings, netting and fabric in much of her work. She was in the first Hard Twist at the Gladstone in 2006 with piece called "wounding"

Falling Water
Textile Art of Stephanie Ford Forrester
Campbell House Museum
160 Queen Street est, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3H3
Free admission to gallery, Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am—4:30 pm; Saturday, 12:00—4:30 pm


Wired by Susan Carr
Feb. 3 - 21, 2010 . reception on Sunday Feb. 14th, 2 - 5 pm.
*new* gallery
906 Queen St. W. Toronto ON M6J 1G6 , 416-588-1200
Wed.-Sun. 1-6 pm.
In the passed few years Susan Carr has shown in Washi group shows that have continued annually after the 2008 World Wahis Summit here in Toronto.

February 6- 28th
1092 Queen Street West
(entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
 Water Line: recent paper work, and officially opens from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on February 6th. The exhibition continues until February 28th. Susan will also be at the gallery on Thursday, February 4th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to meet with visitors that may be out for the FIRST THURSDAYS WALK WESTWARD tour in the West Queen West District. Betty Ann Jordan leads tours to specific galleries each FIRST THURSDAY of the month. 
For more information go to < > and learn more about the area and the exciting variety of galleries, restaurants and retail shopping offered in the neighbourhood that extends from Bathurst Street west to Gladstone Av

Coming up at the David K Gallery March 4 - 28, 2010
EVA ENNIST, A Curious Development: new mixed media sculpture
Meet the artist reception: Saturday, March 6 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Textile Museum of Canada

Installation view of Fashionably Wrapped, showing the traditional male shawl
(image provide by TMC)
Kaleidoscope:Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, September 23, 2009 - March 21, 2010

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art,
September 30, 2009 - April 11, 2010
Fashionably Wrapped: The Influence of Kashmir Shawls,
November 18, 2009 - May 30, 2010

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art,
September 30, 2009 - April 11, 2010
Textile Museum Of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2H5

Harbourfront Centre: Winter 2010 Exhibitions Saturday 23 January 10 — Sunday 04 April 10

 J. Penney Burton, Unrealized Potential Three: Orange, Red, Yellow and Green Peppers, (detail), 2009 photo Joe Lewis (me)

LABOURIOUS; Contemporary textile-based work carries on the labour intensive traditions of central Canada to the eastern provinces. curated by j.Penney Burton. Vitrines in South Hall
Amanda McCavour's the kitchen, embroidery on  water soluble fabric , York Quay Gallery (photo Joe Lewis)
IT'S A BIG DEAL! The biennial exhibition of new work by Harbourfront Centre's current artists-in-residence.
Curated by Melanie Egan, Head of Craft, and Patrick Macaulay, Head of Visual Arts
York Quay Gallery and Studio Hallway Vitrines 

Norah Deacon, "nest" In the studio hallway cases

Photo by John Hails provided by The Nickle Arts Museum

Reeds and Wool: Pattern Screens of Central Asia  
From the Sommer-Krieger collection of Kyrgyz Reed ScreensOctober 2, 2009- February 22, 2010,

The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary Alberta, Canada.
Royal Alberta Museum, April 3-July 4, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta


tricot nouveau by Lysanne Latulippe (AKA majolie), prize-winner of the Prix Lucien-Desmarais, in 2008.
Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal
5800, St-Denis, espace 501
Montreal, QC

To find out more about the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles and their twentieth anniversary year on their website 

To add to their 20th anniversary celebrations, they have produced videos on the career of five of our graduates : Marie Pierre Daigle, Josée Hamelin, Lysanne Latulippe, Dahlia Milon, Isabelle Sentenne. You can see these videos on YouTube at the following web addresses : YouTube

Kate Jackson, I won’t treat my tears like tissue, 2008,Hand-embroidery, facial tissue, cardstock, plastic, 22 x l0 x 18cm
Kate Jackson is just one of the textile artist with work in Unity and Diversity
This photograph is from fibreworks 2008 at the Cambridge Galleries 

Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. at the Museum of Vancouver 
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Art of Craft showcases 173 spectacular fine craft works in three parts:

Unity & Diversity: Selected Works - 75 pieces from across Canada recently on display at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in the Republic of Korea.

By Hand/BC and Yukon - 51 pieces from Canada’s West Coast with a focus on the artists’ creative processes and studio environments.

Craft from the Republic of Korea - 47 pieces demonstrating the excellence of traditional and contemporary crafts.

Museum of Vancouver


 Costume Museum of Canada
109 Pacific Avenue, Downtown Exchange District, Winnipeg

Find them on facebook and check their website for images and more information

Wartime Weddings, From Jan 19th, 2010 until Apr 4th, 2010

Special garments are an important part of many rituals the world over, but the wedding dress tops them all. This show will display bridal wear from the years of the First and Second World Wars, when weddings offered happy reprieve from hard times.

Native/American Apparel, From Jan 19th, 2010 until Apr 4th, 2010

Guest curator: Jenny Western, Urban Shaman Gallery

Bringing together artwork by Contemporary Aboriginal artists, Lita Fontaine and KC Adams, alongside pieces drawn from the collection at the Costume Museum of Canada, Native/American Apparel looks at the relationship of fashion, clothing, and textile to the representation of Indigenous identities. By juxtaposing historical artifacts with current artworks, Native/American Apparel encourages viewers to consider the role of the collection and exhibition of objects made by First Nations and Metis people in galleries and museums, particularily those objects made by women.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

First night photos from the Toronto International Design Festival

First night photos from the Toronto International Design Festival are now viewable in a facebook photo album.

"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 Stewart

A RED Poppy garden chairs , reclaimed fabrics, salvaged school room chairs, by Grant Heaps

These are just two of the pieces to be seen at Commerce Court west Ground floor lobby, jan 20-24
Thursday- Saturday 11am -7pm,

MADE's Radiant Dark 2010- Assets & Values- an exhibition of modern Canadian Design

199 Bay street, Commerce Court west Ground floor lobby, Jan 20-24
Thursday- Saturday 11am -7pmRadiant Dark at Commerce Court

meanwhile at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery on 990 Queen Street West, Toronto, Designer/ artist Annie Thompson is showing off her back and her dress of recycled materials
(look through ONE OF A KIND SHOW albums I have posted for more of Annie's work)

Stay tuned to the facebook album for more photos over the next 4 days

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My January agenda; Toronto International Design Festival 2010

Fresh back from the frozen west where I had a birds eye view of Tammara Jowarska's Unity Tapestry in the lobby of the Gulf Canada Square, 401 9th Ave SW in Calgary

and a late night encounter with The Bow an architectural Goliath on the corner of Centre Street and 5th ave NE I have arrived back in Toronto with one thing on my mind. The Toronto International Design Festival

With my new Thinking Cap on, (orange enamel colander for my new Kitchen, the personal does sometime intrude on my blog and this picture taken by a friend on Christmas eve is too funny, yet appropriate)

With my Susanne Harris Design Spats on I am ready for covering the city from the waterfront to the Banking district with a few trips down Queen Street West. Here is the plan.

Body and Object
Jan 5 - 31
Ontario Craft Council 
Opening reception Wednesday, January 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Gallery & Administrative Offices, 990 Queen Street West,Toronto, Ontario, Canada Telephone (416) 925-4222

Body + Object includes the work of Amanda McCavour & Silke Stadtmuller / Andrea Graham / Annie Thompson / Bebhinn Jennings / Dandi Maestre / David Dunkley / Gillian Batcher / Jessica Beauchemin / Karina Bergmans / Lois Schklar / Marina Dempster / Norah Deacon, Adrian Parks & Yvonne Ng / Tanya Lyons / and Tara Bursey.

Amanda McCavour: embroidered flock or birds at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 2009
Gallery & Administrative Offices, 990 Queen Street West,Toronto, Ontario, Canada Telephone (416) 925-4222

MADE presents
Radiant Dark 2010- Assets & Values-
an exhibition of modern Canadian Design 
199 Bay street, Commerce Court west Ground floor lobby

opening January 20  7_10 pm rsvp
jan 20-24 
Thursday- Saturday 11am -7pm

Sunday 11 am -6pm 

"Stag" (Wall Hanging) by Grant Heaps, 2,200 1"square pieces of cloth part of Made presents Radiant Dark 09 Elegant Corruptions: an exhibition of modern Canadian Design, February 4 th to 8th, 2009.
Dirty Dishes - Influenza, Bev Hisey. 4o" diameter 100% wool. Canvas' Radiant Dark 09 Elegant Corruptions

 soft lighting from MOLO design featured in the first  Radiant Dark in and IDS08  in 2008 

Wednesday January 20 is a busy night with the opening of Radiant Dark at Bay and King and Body and Object opening at the Ontario Craft Council Gallery at Queen st West near Ossington, but not as busy as Thursday January 21. The Best of the TOAE 2009 at the First Canadian Place Gallery opens between 6- 8pm featuring: Amanda McCavour FIBRE - HONOURABLE MENTION, Noelle Hamlyn Snell FIBRE - BEST OF CATEGORY,

then I get a sneak peek at "come up to my room" at the Gladstone and another at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre before the "Ultimate" opening night Party for the IDS10 in their new location

This year at the IDS the Rug Rules: A NEW ERA: EVOLUTION OF RUG ARTISTRY.

ERA will feature the winning designs of the ERA Rug Design Competition held this past fall. Weavers Art and the Interior Design Show accepted hundreds of submissions by interior designers, industrial and graphic designers, architects, and artists to design an 8 ft by 10 ft rug. Never before seen, these designs will be displayed down the centre aisle of IDS 10. A silent auction will begin during the IDS Opening Night Party and continues through the duration of the show. Proceeds are in support of the Rugmark Foundation (to provide education for rug-making communities) and Dare Arts (providing local art-based programs for at-risk children).

The "Provincial Baskets" surrounding this tree are the work of Katherine Morley, as a member of the Lemon Collective she has shown at the Gladstone Hotel a number of times in over the past few years,[this photo is from PieceWork 2008. This year at the Interior Design Show she will one of the 10 rug design winners being unveiled and auctioned of as part of A NEW ERA: EVOLUTION OF RUG ARTISTRY
The brainchild of Johane Lefrançois-Deignan, ARIDO, Principal designer of JNSQ Design, along with Weavers Art Director of Marketing, Catherine Shea. Catherine agreed that the concept provided an innovative challenge to showcase Canadian talent while raising funds and awareness for local charity (DAREarts) and promoting ethical carpet and rug production (RugMark). Following IDS, Weavers Art,, will be hosting an exhibit at their Gallery location in Designers Walk, to showcase the winning ERA designs. Guests will have the opportunity to order limited edition rugs, and a portion of the proceeds will continue to be donated to RugMark and DAREarts.

THE JUDGES: Daniel Faria of Clarke & Faria Gallery, Rachel Gotlieb, design journalist and writer, Nelda Rodger, Editor Azure Magazine and Suzanne Dimma, Editor Canadian House & Home.

“From the originality and freshness of the submissions, it’s clear that the design community is ripe for this kind of creative opportunity. The ten chosen entries make quite a special collection that is uniquely related to the local reality while reflecting a global and contemporary spirit.”…Nelda Rodger

And that is Just the Beginning...

Friday January 22 is the opening of the winter exhibitions at the Harbourfront Centre

Rilla Marshall, The Count, 2008 -2009.
198 echo scarves.

“Laborious” is a group show featuring textile artists who work in time-consuming techniques LABOURIOUS Curated by j.Penney Burton, featuring Hélène Brousseau, Joanna Close Margaret Forsey Misha Gingerich Rilla Marshall Dorie Millerson Natasha St. Michael Contemporary textile-based work carries on the labour intensive traditions of central Canada to the eastern provinces. [most of these artist have been profiled or reviewed in the pages of fibreQUARTERLY, I have written about j,Penney Burton's curatorial work in my column in "Needle Pulling Thread"]

Margaret Forsey, Altar for the Magdalene, (detail), 2009.
Mixed media including hooked rug

It’s a Big Deal (work from the craft Studio) Opening Reception: Friday January 22, 2010 from 6-9pm
Runs 23 January – 04 April 10 at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON.

Barbara Hulanicki's 1990's design for the clasic Deco refurbishment of Hotel Marlin in Miami Beach

Over the weekend of January 22-24 there are lectures and guide tours happening at these Toronto International  Design Festival events the ones I plan of getting to include the rare opportunity to hear Barbara Hulanicki creator of Biba one of the fashion designs revolutionary of British flower power era at 3:30 on the 23rd at the IDS.Barbara Hulanicki started her career in fashion as a fashion illustrator. She covered all of the important fashion collections in Europe for the major publications of the day, including Women's Wear Daily, British Vogue, the Times, the Observer and the Sunday Times.

Exasperated by the disastrous street fashion in England, her husband Fitz encouraged her to design her own clothing. Biba was born. Decades have past and when she arrived in Miami Beach in the 1990ies she designed interiors for Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and Chris Blackwell’s Boutique Hotel Group. She is credited with the resurrection of Miami Beach’s crumbling Art Deco district.

Gladstone “Thrive: Design for 100%” design talk will take place in the ballroom on Saturday January 23 from 11 am -2pm. If it is anything like last year be an casual easy to enter and exit early afternoon of interesting presentations by:
Victor Willis – Executive Director PARC, Elizabeth C English, PhD – University of Waterloo, Parimal Gosai & Adam Harris – Public Displays of Affection (PDA) and Sandra Brewster, Jorge Dominguez, Rebecca Houston – SKETCH.

This years curators for Come up to my room are, Designer and busy person this month Katherine Morley (see above), along with Caroline Shaheed, managing editor of,  Jeremy Vandermeij, design consultant and a runs the social enterprise called Public Displays Of Affection with his friends and  Deborah Wang working on a Master of Fine Arts degree, juggling the intersections between art, architecture and cuation

Mylene Boisvert, Mobile Aluminum, wool cotton 36” X 32” X 104”

When you are at the Gladstone remeber to go right up to the top floor and make your way down through hardTWIST, their fourth annaual Textile Arts Exhibition.

Images from these events will be posted on facebook and linked to fibreQUARTERLY group(ies)


Gallery 1313
1313 Queen Street West
January 28th, 2010 8pm Tickets $15 

Gallery 1313’s annual art meets fashion runway show is set to heat things up Jan. 28th 2010
Gallery 1313 , 1313 Queen St. West 416-536-6778  |

Now in its 12th year the annual fundraiser for Gallery 1313 invites fashion designers & artists to have a push their creative boundaries and present  challenging wearable fashion . Over 10 designers will be featured in this bold runway show of fashion and art.