Sunday, March 20, 2011

Constructed, Assembled and Printed Textile Surfaces, [ Spring Shows and the One Of A Kind Show ]

The Jewellery Box by Nancy Yule Booth: D-12 at the One Of A Kind Show March 30 - April 3, 
"We all have an intimate relationship with fabric during our lifetimes. Life begins swaddled in a blanket and ends in a burial shroud. Although we take cloth for granted, I am enamoured with all of it’s qualities. It’s fluidity, texture, tactility, colour, the list seems endless."
Nancy Yule (from her website

As Spring blossoms so do a new round of exhibitions:

                      Valerie Knapp, Whirl and Sticks, change purse, relief printed on 100% linen,  fastened with Mother of Pearl Button  photo by Joe Lewis
Handy: An Exhibition of Functional Craft
March 17 - April 10, 2011
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street W, Toronto

Pat Burns-Wendland, Midnight Flight, Handwoven Kimono, pre-dyed tencel then discharged resist
Photo by Joe Lewis

SELECT WORKS: Cambridge Galleries Contemporary Canadian Textile Collection
March 17 – April 10, 2011Design at Riverside Cambridge Galleries

Angela Silver, Red Thread Book (detail), 2004  Shown in 2007 Selections From exhibition
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 was part of FABRICation: Studio Production Textiles for Interiors, August 24 - October 24, 2010, Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside.[photo: joe lewis]

Joy Walker 3  pieces of craft paper, creased.  2011

Chanced, new work by Joy Walker
Saturday, March 19 at 2:00pm - April 16 at 6:00pm
127 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON

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
2011 One of a Kind Spring Show Toronto
March 30 - April 3
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

"For over 35 years, the One of a Kind Show has been helping artists and artisans from across the country to make a living out of their passion. We are not alone in our endeavours – this section celebrates the educational institutions and organizations of the Canadian art and craft community who work to teach, foster talent, grant opportunities, and increase exposure of the uniquely talented artists and artisans working today. Debuting at the 2011 Spring Show, the Craft Community of Canada section will feature 10 artists who have been nominated by one of Canada's leading arts &culture organizations."  One Of A Kind website

Featured in this section are the following textile  artisan with their sponsoring institution or organization .


Julie Pongrac  Hand knit lace bowlst. Material(s): Vine or Hanji paper embellished with glass beads and wire. Price: $85 - $495

Julie Pongrac Studio  Showing with Crafts Council of British Columbia
Booth: E-32
Duration: Full Show
Vancouver, BC

Julie Pongrac, Vancouver, BC Master Knitter, Designer My life has never been without fibre. Knitting and sewing were life skills as important to thrift as managing a budget. An essential part of this notion of thrift was the use of quality fabrics and fibres to produce garments that would last the passage from one sibling to another. [from artist bio]


Nicole McInnis Showing with Ryerson School of Fashion
Oh Dina!
Booth: E-40
Hammonds Plains, NS

Oh Dina! was launched in 2008 while Nova Scotian designer Nicole McInnis was attending the fashion design program at Ryerson University. After studying millinery she fell in love with the art and began to create pieces that paid homage to the 40′s with a quirky twist.[from artist bio]

Printed as fashion

Georgina Russell, Hair Scarf , Swirling hair printed with bleach based ink on cotton.
Material(s): Cotton, bleach, Price: $60
Georgina Russell showing with Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Hand + Shadow
Booth: E-38
Vancouver, BC

Printed Textiles as Interior Decor 
Shuyu Lu Pillows Price: $50-$70
Shuyu Lu, Showing with the  Ontario Crafts Council
Booth: E-29
Toronto, ON

Caroline Gamiette reversible hand printed table lamp Material(s): silk 
Caroline Gamiette Showing with  Centre de Recherche et de Design en Impression Textile de Montreal
Fibre En Lumière
Booth: E-36
Montreal, QC

Born in the Caribbean, Caroline Gamiette has a nomadic soul. After spending her childhood in Guadeloupe, she lived in Europe and decided to settle down in North America ten years ago. Having received her diploma from the Applied Arts National Superior school Duperré in France. [from artist bio]

Cathia Finkel Table Setting with crow motif : Placemats and Napkins Material(s): Cotton Price: $40.00 2 Placemat and 2 Napkins

Cathia Finkel,  showing with  Anna Templeton Centre
A Line of Crows
Booth: E-3
St. John's, NL

Cathia Finkel lives and creates in St. John's, NL. She graduated from College of the North Atlantic's Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design program in 2010, and is the emerging artist at the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art & Design (funded by RBC) [from artist bio]

And Now For the Rest of the show

Lucille Crighton  Jacket in the 2008 Hall of Fame 

Among the "Raising Stars" and Makers returning to the show there are only two categorized/ identified as weavers. They are makers of place mats and table runners, Lyne Lévesque & Gérald Levesque of Tissage Magély Weaving [Booth: J-23]from New Brunswick and Elsa Brigden Elliott, of Silo Weaver [Booth: J-52]from St. Jacobs. Silo Weavers is a fixture  at the shows as is Hall of Fame artisan Lucille Crighton [Booth: F-04] is in the fashion category whose garments constructed from her hand woven cloth have a strong and continuing to grow clientele who come to the show  every couple of years to a new piece or two. A new artisan to the show is Marni Martin in [booth C-04] she is from Huntsville On. she is a hand weaver who does tapestry and fashion accessories.
Marni Martin "Into to Garden", 2010; hand-dyed cotton, rayon, silk, wool weft, cotton warp; tapestry technique; 32” x 26”
Marni Martin Hand dyed and woven scarves; silk and rayon
image provided by Marni Martin
Year after year while speaking with the artisans regardless of how they are categories if they work with textiles i ask about process not price. I am interest how they achieve the surface from which they make their end "product". Construction methods such as weaving felting and knitting seem obvious enough but what I now think of as assembled covers pieced quilts, re- purposing all ready constructed clothing  aka recycling, layered, applique, embroidered, beading, fusing, its a long list and doesn't included painting, dying or printing.

Nancy Yule, Journal Covers, assembled textile quilted, 
Nancy Yule [booth D-12] is a example of this type of work ( see Jewellery box at top of post and journal covers above so would Janna Roizenman (Edenwool) Booth: G-49 with fused felted super fine merino wool, alpaca on pure silk yardage. Chatherine Timms Quilter [Booth M-49] is back with her pieced work as is Hilary Cosgrove
[Booth: M-05] with another parliament of Owls and flock of birds made of men's wool suiting and bedding. 
Hilary Cosgrove [Booth: M-05]  Parliament of Owls at 2010 Cabbagetown Festival [photo by Joe Lewis]
 Susan Harris of Susan Harris Design [Booth: K-20] has been taking clothes apart and making new ones. Wendy Van Riesen of Dahlia Drive [Booth: K-29]  ".resurrecting the fashion wasteland Dahlia Drive salvages discarded slips, men's shirts, fabric and resurrects each piece with colour, images and embellishment to create one of a kind wearable art for the unique individual" both of these designers embellish their garments with prints

Susan Harris Design entered the One of A Kind Hall Of Fame in 2008
Dahlia Drive Lace Long black dress screened with a gigantic doily image. Material(s): nylon
Price: $225
Since I am looking at fashion and printing you will see a number of printed T-shirts in some case that is the main part of the business in others it is the starter pieces that lead into a range of printed fashion, accessories and decor items. Jennifer Neill & Valerie Neill of Judy Black [Booth: G-45] always has bright sharp multicoloured images of "pop" iconography. H er  "Acid Sunset "is a classic "Northern Landscape"  she has used it on t-shirt and pillow. Like the textiles designed by Thorn Hansen that were produced to support an idealized "Canadian Identity".hers celebrate a Rock and Roll attitude.  

Acid Sunset t=shirt and pillow by Judy Black
More Rock and Roll attitude comes from American T-shirt Designer Jason Laurits Paste [Booth: A-43] they are irreverent and equally offensive for both men and woman and kind of stupid I like what i saw on his website. Digitally design  and hand screen in Brooklyn he is invading Canada just as the One Of a Kind Show is invading America with a New York Show happening in November and Chicago show in December.

 Whales Hand-Silkscreened T-shirt by Jason Laurits, 100% Cotton, Made in the USA, Enzyme-washed for pre-shrinkage and soft, vintage feel Material(s): 100% Cotton T-shirt, Water-Base Paint Price: C$31 or 2 for C$50
 Printed Textile products abound at the show and this year furniture with printed upholstery is being presented by Emanuelle Dion & Isabelle Bergeron, Foutu Tissu, booth: K-33. who are graduates of the Centre de Recherche et de Design en Impression Textile de Montreal and where featured in fQ Volume 5 Issue 3 Fall 2009. The Textile Design and Printing Centre is part of CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal along with the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, teaches textile construction methods, weaving, felting and knitting. Graduate from the MCCT Marie-Pierre Daigle Booth: B-05 class of 2007 has brought a range of woven or knit scarfs  on the edge between the jewel and the utilitarian object, its scarfs marry bamboo fibres, merino wool and wool fleecemaking.

Websites and Other textile artisans at the show 

Marie Pierre Daigle
Booth: B-0
Montreal, QC

Marni Martin weaver

Booth: C-04
Huntsville, ON

Gillian Woan quilts
Booth: C-04
Torrance, ON

Nancy Yule
Booth: D-12
Cambridge, ON

Cathia Finkel
A Line of Crows
Booth: E-37

Katie Jung, during the 2010 Christmas show  I first came across the work of Katie Jung in the pages of Worn Fashion Journal - Issue no.7, it was a cover story on the collaboration between Katie Jung and Elif Saydam

Valérie Avondo
Booth: F-03
Pointe Claire, QC

Frédérique Satre
Miss Fred
Booth: G-43
Montreal, QC

Janna Roizenman (Edenwool)
Booth: G-49
Toronto, ON

Jenna Fenwick
jenna rose
Booth: H-04
Hamilton, ON

Mary Lund
Silk By Mary Lund
Booth: I-35
Windsor, NS

Elena Savinovskaia
Elena's Felting
Booth: J-21
Kitchener, ON

Lyne Lévesque & Gérald Levesque
Tissage Magély Weaving
Booth: J-23
Drummond, NB

Arounna Khounnoraj &John Booth
Booth: J-37
Toronto, ON

Elsa Brigden Elliott
Silo Weavers
Booth: J-52
St. Jacobs, ON
Emanuelle Dion & Isabelle Bergeron
Foutu Tissu
Booth: K-33
Montreal, QC

Hilary Cosgrove
Booth: M-05
Kingston, ON

Catherine Timm Ouilts

Booth: M-49
Westmeath, ON

Ginette Barbe, Catherine Duplessis & Marc-André Duplessis
Sanibel Hats & Accessories
Booth: O-10

Montreal, QC

Lily Lam
D'Arbo Bags
Booth: O-27
Richmond Hill, ON

Sil Frebrian & Frankie Frebrian
Batavia By Sil
Booth: O-30
Hamilton, ON

Izabela Sauer & Jacob Sauer

Alarte Silks
Booth: Q-41
Vancouver, BC


Anna Torma, Universe 2 (detail). 2010. Vintage quilt, hand embroidery. Courtesy of the artist

April 2 – May 15, 2011
1 North Square Cambridge,
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2 at 2:30 pm

Anna Torma’s textile art combines personal and formal elements with traditional hand-embroidery and stitching techniques producing complex images deeply rooted in culture and craft. Through layers of text and image amongst found and fabricated textiles the wall-hangings recall drawing and collage more than conventional embroidery.



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