Wednesday, January 05, 2011

January 2011 textiles and beyond


Unravelling the Yarns: War Rugs and Soldiers an exhibition rugs from the Fyke Collection of Afghan War Rugs from the Nickel Arts Museum, University of Calgary, continues at The Founder’s Gallery in The Millitary Museums until January 31, 2011.

In 2005 Robert Fyke (July 19th, 1966 - January 22nd, 2009) approached The Nickle Arts Museum about the possibility of developing an exhibition that examined Afghan War Rugs. The exhibition and publication resulting from that meeting, "Made in Afghanistan: Rugs and Resistance, 1979-2005" was a tremendous success and a very gratifying project to be involved in. In 2008 Rob's collection was loaned to the Nickle and in early 2009, with his health deteriorating, donated. He was a uniquely generous, inspiring and provocative friend and colleague.

the collection is now available for research in digital format at

Canopy, by Toronto artist Penelope Stewart was seen in Calgary at Stride Gallery January 14th - February 12th, 2005
Canopy, by Toronto artist Penelope Stewart The entrance to the Founder’s Gallery also features. The work “…features a tiled pattern photographed and screened onto thirty feet of organza fabric. The ghostly pattern evokes remembrance and is derived from detail on the University of Toronto memorial to soldiers lost in the world wars.” (Curated by Colleen Sharpe, Art Curator with the Founders’ Gallery.)

The Military Museums
4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary AB T2T 5J4

For admission info and hours Click HERE

To read A Canopy of Memory and Loss an essay on Penelope Stewart's work  written by Andy Fabo for the exhibition at Stride Gallery

Stride Gallery which presented,Wendy Toogood: A Nakusp Narrative, September 5 – October 4, 2008 which fQ covered in Volume 4 Issue 4 / Fall 2008 with a profile and reprint of Amy Gogarty's exhibition essay, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the exhibition /ROLE - THE DIRECTORS' SHOW


Artworks by Stride’s Directors past and present —
Robin Arseneault, Lisa Benschop, Anthea Black, Colleen Kerr Gray, Hilary Knutson, Aurora Landin, Shelley Ouellet, Lissa Robinson, Justin Waddell, Donna White, and Robert Windrum—and curatorial projects by Colleen O’Neill (featuring artwork by Joni Brenner) and Diana Sherlock (featuring artwork by John Will) —

Continuing in Edmoton
Co-curator Anne Bissonnette says there’s much more to these dolls than just the warm and fuzzy factor

Sense and Sustainability untill Thursday, March 31, 2011 
In Mother's Hood: Inuit Packing Dolls of Taloyoak  - Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Clothing Textiles Collection of the Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta 
302 Human Ecology Building , Main Floor Gallery, South Lobby
Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1 CANADA

Sense and Sustainability Friday, March 12, 2010 - Thursday, March 31, 2011

Multisensorial Exhibit On Sustainability: Human Ecology 501 Independent Study The exhibit includes multimodal ways of experiencing artifacts, and is accessible for people who are deaf, visually-impaired & blind. This exhibit is designed by two graduate students, an intern and their professor Megan Strickfaden as part of a course in the department of Human Ecology. Multisensoriality and accessibility are explored in Sense & Sustainability by creating a story about issues around green design and green living. The exhibit features artifacts from the Clothing & Textiles Collection, artifacts from private collections, labeling in Braille and large print, and a subtitled audio-visual presentation.

Accessible exhibit designed with Sense and Sustainability in mind, By Bev Betkowski December 16, 2010

In Mother's Hood: Inuit Packing Dolls of Taloyoak Thursday, September 09, 2010 - Wednesday, August 03, 2011

In Mother’s Hood: Inuit Packing Dolls of Taloyoak highlights the University of Alberta's collection of Inuit dolls created by the women of Taloyoak, a tiny hamlet in Nunavut Territory. The exhibit pays tribute to the gifted seamstresses who formed a craft cooperative in 1974 and made soft wool sculptures that depict mostly animal personifications of mother and child. Each wears an amauti, a distinct northern parka where a child fits snugly in a baby pouch under the mother’s hood.

This exhibit was co-curated by Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Curator of the Clothing and Textiles Collection in the Department of Human Ecology, and Christina Williamson, the first recipient of the Friends of the University of Alberta Museums 25th Anniversary Internship in Museum Innovation.

This event is part of the celebrations for the Canadian Circumpolar Institute’s 50th anniversary at the University of Alberta.

Doll exhibit pays homage to the resourcefulness of Canada’s Northern women, By Bev Betkowski September 16, 2010
a Steiff  Velveteen Bunny and Three Steiff Teddy Bears part of the Accidental Collection written about in fQ Volume 6 Issue3 / Winter 2010


  Lily Yung, April 18, 1947 - August 11, 2010
The Ontario Crafts Council awarded Lily with the Mather Award for 2010.
The Genius That Was Lily Yung: ahead of her time
January 6 - February 6, 2011
Opening Reception Thursday, January 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
OCC Gallery, 990 Queen St. W., Toronto

The Genius That Was Lily Yung: ahead of her time

Curated by Beth Alber, Anne Barros and David Kaye, The Genius That Was Lily Yung constitutes a retrospective exhibition of Yung's work from her early printmaking days to her explorations in jewellery using Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems.
Lily Yung, Blue Boa, 2006 100% wool industrial felt, die cut, hand assembled, 10 x 10 x 80 cm, image provided by Object 08
Born in Hong Kong, Yung received her Ph. D. in Immunology at the University of Alberta where she also studied printmaking. She began making jewellery in non-precious materials in 1986. Since 1994, she used textile techniques in wire and beads to transform them into exquisite jewellery. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and has won numerous awards in both printmaking and jewellery. Yung was a founding member of the artists run fine craft gallery *new* in Toronto, as well as a co-editor of NewViews, a series of notes and reviews on Canadian craft practice.
Lilly Yung installation at FABRICation - Studio Production Textiles for Interiors
August 24 - October 24, 2010, Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside.
New Award in Honour of Dr. Lily Yung

The Canadian craft community has lost an inspirational leader with the passing of innovative designer, Dr Lily Yung (April 18, 1947 - August 11, 2010).

As per her wishes, Lily's family partnered with the Ontario Crafts Council to create the Lily Yung Memorial Award, a $1000 award intended to acknowledge excellence and innovation in craft as demonstrated by an established professional. The Lily Yung Memorial Award will be awarded for the first time in 2011.

Diagonal: Lauréats du Prix du Centre des arts et des fibres 2010

Vanessa Alarie, Annies Lévesque, Élodie Gros, Marie Horstead, Mariane Tremblay

January 15 -29
Diagonale; centre des arts et des fibres du Québec
5455, rue de Gaspé, espace 203,
Montréal, Quebec H2T 3B3
Opening January 15 2 pm / Vernissage le 15 janvier à 14 h
For over 10 years, Diagonal awards to graduates of Quebec universities who have distinguished themselves through their creative work using techniques or methods within the field of fiber. It is currently offered in five Quebec universities: the University of Quebec at Montreal, Concordia University, Laval University, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, and the University of Quebec in Outaouais.
With this prize, the Centre aims to encourage emerging artists and to highlight the presence of fibers in contemporary art. The award consists of an exhibition featuring the 2010 winners. It also includes membership of the student as an active member for a term of one year, which entitles him to participate in activities organized by the Centre and visibility into the online directory of members Diagonal.

after this group presentation of the 2010 winner

Élisabeth Picard, Volet soutenance : Projet de Maîtrise. Febuaryr 5 - 26 2011

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