Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 Winter Spring exhibition cross Canada Line Up

War Map Dress Trilogy by Carolyn Wren [photo provided by
Galerie d'art du Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke / Art Gallery of University of Sherbrooke]
 Carolyn Wren and Tobey C. Anderson
Souvenirs / Remembrances
January 12, 2011 - February, 14, 2011
Galerie d'art du Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke
Art Gallery of University of Sherbrooke
2500, boul. de l'Université
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1

For War Map Dress Trilogy, Carolyn Wren was inspired by the ingenuity of Christopher Clayton Hutton, who, during World War II, created silk maps for the British Royal Air Force. The pilots were given these military maps, which showed the layout of the land to facilitate their movements and ensure their safety. Lightweight and durable, these objects were easy to conceal. After the war, Hutton's ingenuity and the scarcity of silk inspired women to be creative as well: they collected the silk maps and made dresses out of them.
To create War Map Dress, Carolyn Wren redrew the map in the shapes of her patterns, carved these into pieces of linoleum, then hand-printed them onto Dupont silk. With this printed fabric, the artist made 3 nine-foot map dresses. When viewed in this manner, waterways look like intestines, roads resemble veins or arteries, and the print image becomes a map of the body. Surrounded by models of World War II bombers and fighter aircraft, these map dresses create the theatrical space conducive to the recollection of the soldiers' journeys and the anxiety of their loved ones. We find ourselves in the middle of an experiment on the borderline between the territories of the land and those of the mind

visit the website Galerie d'art du Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke / Art Gallery of University of Sherbrooke

Jacquard 2x2 Montréal/Tokyo

Jacquard 2x2 Montréal/Tokyo :
Emiko Nakano, Mitsuko Akutsu, Julianna Joose and Louise Lemieux Bérubé
January 22 to March 6, 2011

Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Montréal Québec

Meet the artists on February 10 from 5 to 7 pm. –

This exhibition was presented at the Embassy of Canada, Prince Takamado Gallery inTokyo
September 9 – November 3, 2010 this is its Canadian permier.

This exhibition prestesnts works by Louise Lemieux Bérubé together with works by Canadian artist, Julianna Joos and Japanese artists, Emiko Nakano and Mitsuko Akutsu, all of whom have worked at the MCCT. Although all the artists use the Jacquard technique, each expresses her own themes in her own ways.

Mitsuko Akutsu with her work during a solo exhibition after a resedency at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles
in March 2009 {photo by Joe Lewis]
website for Maison de la Culture Côte-des-NeigesNote of interest

Louise Lemieux Bérubé's "Aimez-vous les uns les autres"/ "Love one another" which was first seen during the Second edition of the International Flax Biennale of Portneuf "Sacred Flax, flax carrier of memories, flax of the future" in june 2007 will be opening in Lyon France on January 23rd

Louise Lemieux Bérubé  "Aimez-vous les uns les autres"/ "Love one another"
January 23 _April 30
Tthe Church Confluences Polycarpe,
25 rue René Leynaud à
Lyon, France


Lucy Snider Haynes, Rose of Sharon with Cherries, around 1900, appliquéd cotton quilt. Purchase, Heritage Quilt Collection, 1982 (Q83-003). from the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Photo: Larry Ostrom
Collecting Stories: The Heritage Quilt Collection29 January – 17 July 2011 Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Oueen's University
Kingston Ontario

Thirty years ago, three knowledgeable Kingston quilters approached the Agnes Etherington Art Centre with a unique proposal to preserve quilts of historical, regional, and aesthetic significance for future generations. As a result, in 1981, the Heritage Quilt Collection was born. It was an opportune moment. In the 1970s, North America witnessed a revival of interest in quilts among scholars, artists, feminists, collectors and curators, not only as objects of continued traditions, but also as women’s work and works of art. The Art Centre itself had a long-standing interest dating back to 1974, when renowned local artist Kim Ondaatje curated the quilt exhibition Tradition+1, which toured galleries across the country. Since that time, the quilt collection at the Art Centre has grown, and debates surrounding the place of quilts have been as rich and complex as quilting itself.

Collecting Stories showcases outstanding quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries and the stories that they tell of ingenuity, creativity, community and endurance. Whether originally intended for display in a home or public space, quilts were embraced by their makers as vehicles for self-expression to produce something visually stunning.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact Matthew Hills at

Agnes Etherington Art Centre website ://


January 24 -30 2011

Having the opportunity to hear Barbara Hulanick speak was one thing, but to meet and speak with her (breif as it was) the high point of the entire Toronto International Design Festival 2010. Think of your favourite movie or music star. She is my Mick Jagger (who use to hang out in her Biba Boutique in London's Kensington)
This year's line up of events may take a good week to plan your exhibition routes so visit the websites and figure out your schedules and we'll meet for coffee and compare notes last years facebook album might give you an idea about what is happening.

Toronto International Design Festival

and remember if you have been the the Ontario Craft Council Gallery on queen street west to see
The Genius That Was Lily Yung : A retrospective exhibition of Lily Yung's work from her early printmaking days to her explorations in jewellery using Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems. January 6 - February 6, 2011 get there.
Meanwhile at the Textile Museum of Canada .....

The Textile Museum of Canada is now in its 35th year and is presenting a 35 year retrospective of fibre master Kai Chan. Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic which has been peresented in two locations opened at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham on September 26, 2010 and runs until January 30 was followed on Nov 7, 2010 opening at the TMC. this portion of the exhibition will run until May 1 2011.
Kia Chan, Shangri-la, 2010, dry lawn grass, Glass beads, variable dimensions Collection of Artist[ photo taken with permission for fibreQUARTERLY use
Kai Chan’s work is critically received equally within the discipline of textiles and the visual arts in general. He participated in the prestigious 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1985, and the equally notable International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland in 2001, where he exhibited Ocean, one in a series of complex wall hangings comprised of thousands of toothpicks and thread – an indication that woven tapestry is now only one textile process among many, thanks to artists like Chan whose work is seen in a contemporary context of textiles as substance, structure and subject matter.

A catalogue and A national tour is being organized with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

you can see some images of Kia Chans work in my facebook Albums:

the last week of september 2010, Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic
Kia Chan, Pae White and El Anatsui

Coming up next at the TMC

Coverlet, Uzbekistan, Late 19th century, L 232 cm x W 153 cm, T94.2013
Image provided by the Texile Museum of Canada.
Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova
Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 25, 2011

Bukhara features a collection of Central Asian ikats and embroidered silks — coats, veils, wall hangings and coverlets from the Textile Museum’s permanent collection — to visualize the Bukhara region’s rich textile history and place it within the diverse cultural traditions of Asia

Coat, Uzbekistan, Late 19th century, L 126 cm x W 145 cm Image provided by the Texile Museum of Canada
Hunter's coat,: West Africa, Mali; cotton; cowrie shell; skin; tooth; claw; glass mirror; hand woven; plain woven; machine-sewn; hand-sewn mid 20th century T81.0112  Image provided by the Texile Museum of Canada
Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary CultureJamelie Hassan, Hamid Kachmar, Alia Toor and Tim Whiten
Curated by Patricia Bentley
May 18, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011,

Four contemporary artists explore the relationship of patterns, communication and spirit in conversation with textiles and symbols from the Museum’s permanent collection of Islamic African artifacts. Magic squares, known all over the world as mathematical games like Sudoku and Kenken, become carriers of powerful and diverse cultural meanings when they are painted, woven or embroidered on textiles in Muslim Africa

Initiation shirt, Burkina Faso, late 20th century, 69 x 65 cm, T91.0091
Image provided by the Texile Museum of Canada

2011 BMO Financial Group in supportort of the Textile Museum of Canada invites you to the annaul Shadow Box, Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:30 pm
Exhibition opens February 23rd, 2011, drop in and make a bid. You can view the work from the comfort of your delivery format of choice on line at

visit the TMC website and check out their on kine exhibitions and interactive web projects,
Dateline: London Ontario May 2011


Gathering Threads,
May 12–15, 2011
Presented by the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London - A Textile Arts Group

Workshops - Vendors - Exhibitions - Demonstrations
Perth Hall, University of Western Onatario,
London, Ontario
Wearable Art Fashion Show, Sale & Dinner - Sat., May 14 $40
Information/Registration:, go to Gathering Threads

this fish pillow is another piece of the Accidental Collection of Jane Kelley does anybody recognize a central or south American influence   

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