Sunday, May 08, 2011

May Exhibition round up including Student Exbitbtions

In Montreal

‘Self Fold #4’ by Philippa Brock, 2009, CAD/CAM woven Jacquard
Loom: Dataweave jacquard
Technique: triple,double and single layer cloth
Materials: Warp: Silk organzine. Weft: Paper, copper wire, elastemeric.
Dimensions: Width: 104cm. Height: 215cm
The work is based on exploring the potential for a self folded fabric to work with a diagonal design, developed from a self generated tessellation folding idea, which combined with the authors own yarn and weave structure interaction, self folded into a 3D structure as it came off the loom. The piece also continued to self fold more through humidity in the atmosphere.. You can read more about Phillipa Brock's work at the Textiles Future Research Centre

plier/déplier - fold/unfold 
 Phillipa Brock (United Kingdom) - Tine De Ruysser (UK) - Sarah Kelly (United Kingdom) - Stephanie Lau (Canada) - Elisabeth Lecourt (United Kingdom) - Eun-Kyung Suh (USA)

March 14 - April 29

MCCT Annual Student Exhibition
featuring  Marie Anne Adam Dominique Dansereau Carine La Roche
May 16th to May 27th

Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles
5800 St Denise suit 501
Montreal,  Quebec

From May 16th to May 27th, the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles presents its annual exhibition with a special focus on the 2011 finishing students and their collections : Marie-Anne Adam, Dominique Dansereau et Carine La Roche. This exhibition is also the occasion to admire more works created during the year by all students of the MCCT. The opening is taking place on Wednesday, May 18th at 5 pm
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Aurora Borealis Behind the Trees # 4: Curtain of Light
©Thoma Ewen 2009

May 11th  - June 5 2011
Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec
615 avenue Sainte-Croix, Montréal, H4L 3X6

The group Fibres Boréales evolved from a three year intensive course in tapestry and textile arts that Thoma Ewen taught at Moon Rain Centre from 2005 to 2008. The tapestries in this exhibition represent the woven visual explorations and meditations on northern light and the aurora borealis by Francine Chartrand, Denise Coker, Thoma Ewen, Hope Maclean, Krystyna Sadej and Phyllis Wedding

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Attend the Art Auction and and cocktail reception on May 26, 2011 at 6 pm to celbrate the launch of the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec for the publication of the premier issue of their new on-line magazine L’Enclume / the Anvil. (download pdf)


Look at fashion and trends of the 20th century
February 5 to May 29, 2011
Musée du costume et du textile du Québec (MCTQ)
349, rue Riverside
Saint-Lambert, Québec

Fashion is a paradox that oscillates between the individual and the ephemeral, between consumption and art. The 20th century has been one of excess and upheaval, whether in science, technology, politics, art and of course fashion. In this sense, never a time will not be demarcated as compared to previous centuries.

Fashion is the century invites you to discover or rediscover the major trends that have shaped women's fashion of each decade. These are more than 75 objects from the collections of the museum that will decline the words: fashion, clothing, dress, hat, shoes, trend, beauty and desire.

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Quebec City on going

Vita Plume & Caitlin Erskine-Smith: a narrative "
April 15 to May 22, 2011
395, boulevard Charest Est
Québec (Québec)

April 15 to May 22, 2011, the Center MATERIA present the works of two artists, Vita Plume (Raleigh, USA) and Caitlin Erskine-Smith (Toronto, Canada), whose words come together since their woven works explore the role textiles as a means of communication and strengthening of identity. The exhibition, which deals with communication, cultural identity and the importance of written language, combining traditional techniques with the latest technological developments.

Remains 2007 by Catlin Erskine-Smith, woven cotton and linen with painted warp, part of Making Thinking Thinking Making at Harbourfront /York Quay Centre main gallery in January 2011

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May 24 _ September 4 2011
Musée d’art de Joliette
145, rue Père-Wilfrid-Corbeil
Joliette (Québec) J6E 4T4
T | 450 756-0311 poste 233
F | 450 756-6511
Organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Two Islands and a River, Kia Chan, 2010 Silk Thread, 234 X 333 X 5 cm, this piece is on display at the Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markham [photo by Joe Lewis]

British Columbia 

Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College

Graduation Show 2011
April 21 – May 29
Touchstones Nelson,
502 Vernon Street. Nelson, British Columbia
Katie Crittenden,The Pool, grass, dyed chiffon, glass beads, crinoline, wire, 2011 
Image by Rod Taylor

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Capilano University Textile Arts Department’s Grad Show

May 17 – 29
the Ferry Gallery Building
1414 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1C2

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In Ontario 

 Myself wearing Needle felted Lion's Head by Keiley Stewart Sheridan Class of 2011
The Shape of Things to Come: Sheridan Textile Studios
April 28-May 8, 2011April 28, 6-9pm
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen St. W., Toronto

Katie Walker screen printed silk scarves
Some of the Sheridan Textile Students will part of the Hamilton Arts Crawl on Friday May 13th at James Buttram & Sons 144 James Street North, Hamilton.

Joanna Schleimer OCAD University class of 2011 "Lessons on Leaving", handwoven gauze and embroidery

Show Off: OCAD University 96th Annual Open House
May 6- 9 2011
Emily Murphy OCAD University class of 2011beaded purses by Sarah Lavoie part of her Tenacity & the handbag of Canadian Suffragette series

There is a facebook album School is Over and its Open House May 2011 showing more images from The Shape of things to Come ;Sheridan Textiles 2011, and OCAD University 96th Annual Open House  at

Amada McCavour ICEBOX

867 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Show runs: May 5th through June 30th, 2011

Amanda McCavour in the her Icebox. installation at MADE

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 Textile Museum of Canada

Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture 
Jamelie Hassan, Hamid Kachmar, Alia Toor and Tim Whiten
Curated by Patricia Bentley

May 18, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. W & University Ave., St. Patrick subway)
Toronto, Ontario

on going
Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara curated by Natalia Nekrassova, Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 25, 2011

detail of Coat/ yaktak, Uzbekistan, Late 19th century, material: Silk; cotton, Method: Warp ikat; velvet; card woven; printed; hand-sewn; quilted L 126 cm x W 145 cm T94.1047, From the Opekar / Webster Collection,  Image provided by the Textile Museum of Canada

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Central Ontario comes alive with Quilt exhibitions, festivals and conferences with workshops the last week of May. There are dozens of exhibitions and the work of several hundred Quilters to be seen. The annual Quilt &Fibre Art Festival: Waterloo Region & Beyond kicks of on May 24th. This springs major group show is Stitches Across Time at the Dufferine County Museum and Archive opening on May 27th. Below I have provided Links and google maps to help you organize your schedule and road trips. all locations are an easy distance from Toronto if you drive. Some of the quilt events provide shuttle services between exhibitions consult their websites for more information.     

Quilt & Fibre Art Festival: Waterloo Region & Beyond
Tuesday May 24 to Saturday May 28, 2011

"teaser" from the Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival [image proved by organizers]
The Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival

Monday, May 23 at 9:00am - May 28 at 5:00pm
Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre in Ailsa Craig, Ontario
155 Annie Ada Shipley
Ailsa Craig, ON N0M 1A0, Canada

The  Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival is a not-for-profit Community Organization dedicated to quilting our local and international communities through shared appreciation for this ancient and beautiful fibre art technique.

We are delighted to play host to a stunning collection of Dutch quilts, May 23-28, 2011. Workshops, Merchants’ Mall, Gala Dinner and Community Events are planned for the entire week – announcements, calendar dates and updates will be posted as information becomes available. Check back here regularly for news updates. This exhibition coincides with the Canadian Quilters Association annual juried show, a short bus ride away in London, Ontario.
"teaser" from the Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival [image proved by organizers]


Canadian Quilters Association / Quilt Ontario
at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario
May 24 - 28, 2011

Below are links to information about Quilt Ontairo 2011

Welcome to London 2011
To find current news:

Quilt Ontario Conference: Reprint of information from the Autumn Canadian Quilters Newsletter (full article)

Brown taffeta two-piece dress with salmon taffeta highlights on both skirt and bodice. Skirt is heavily pleated at back with bustle and has fine pleated trim at hem. Fitted bodice has covered buttons and the same pleated trim at cuffs. About 1870. A204-005 WW Brown dress, Dufferin County Museum & Archives [image used with permission]

This was one of six inspiration pieces that accompanied the call for submission for Stitches Across Time.

Stitches across Time Juried Textile Show
May 27 - August 21, 2011
Dufferin County Museum & Archives 
936029 Airport Road
Corner of Highway 89 & Airport Road
Rosemont, Ontario

Opening Night Celebration Friday May 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Pieced quilt, of wool, possibly handspun. A variation of the Square in a Square pattern, made up of triangles. About 168 x 180 cm. Of solid colours and some tweeds. Consists of nine, 50 cm squares with an inner square of 38 cm, and a centre square about 25 cm. Pieced bindings top and bottom. Assembled by machine and quilted by hand. Made by Catherine Fleming who settled in what was to become Dufferin County around 1830. Quilt dates to 1860s. A208-280 Quilt Dufferin County Museum & Archives [image used with permission]

 Pat Burns-Wendland Dufferin’s Past [image used with permission]

related exhibition 

Textiles: More Than Words Can Say
March 13 - December 15, 2011

The Dufferin County Museum Archives main exhibit for 2011 features a wide range of textiles specifically selected from the Museum’s extensive textile collection. Handmade fabrics such as coverlets and woven blankets represent the pioneer period. Examples of Victorian to Contemporary fashion certainly will prove that everything old does become new again. Fashion accessories such as jewellery, fans and shoes strengthen the exhibit. Quilts and hand hooked rugs represent the skill and artistry of our local residents from 1860 to 1960. For collectors this show is a must see and includes literally thousands of textile and textile-related artifacts

visit the  Dufferin County Museum Archive's website @
and for more information about Stitches Across Time


Fibre Mania; Open House and Shearing event 
May 28th 
Spinning Wheel Alpaca farm,
The admission is by donation fund raiser for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. if you have never met an Alpaca or seen live shearing this is it.

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Eastern Canada

NSCAD University Graduation Exhibition 2011
May 9, 2011 - May 20, 2011
Anna Leonowens, Port Loggia and Seeds Galleries
Weekly exhibitions

NSCAD Fashion Department had their year end fashion show on Easter weekend. you can find images once you Like them on Facebook

Lady’s beaded purse, lined in brown silk and measuring 23 cm deep by 16 cm wide. It is beaded both front and back. The upper section is a shell pattern using black, yellow, and blue glass beads. The lower section is a stylized floral in brown, wine, gold, blue, yellow, and green. A looped fringe of brown beads finishes the bottom. Handle, chain and closing of plastic in a tortoise shell pattern. About 1900. 972-01-493 Beaded purse Dufferin County Museum & Archives [image used with permission]This was one of six inspiration pieces that accompanied the call for submission for Stitches Across Time.

College Of The North Atlantic Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design 
Cut & Baste: Textile Graduation Exhibition 2011
May 28 - June 11
The Anna Templeton Centre
278 Duckworth St
St. John's, NL
12-4pm daily. Free Admission
Opening Saturday, May 28 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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"Emily Murphy beaded purse" by Sarah Lavoie OCAD University Class of 2011. This beaded Purse is part of her Tenacity & the Handbag of Canadian Suffragette series

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