Friday, August 05, 2011

August turns into the Fall; Cross Country Textile Round Up

Ange Yake Class of 2006  Textile Program at Sheridan College, in Oakville
Classic Comfort, Materials: Antique Fabric, Linen, Dye, Thread. Dimensions: 28”h x 29”d x 28”w, Process: Pot Dyeing, Devoré, Machine Stitching. March 2006. Photo provided by the designer/ maker and used with permission 
[from fibreQuarterly volume 2 Issue 3 Summer 06] 
 Danielle Dengerink OCAD University Class of 2009 Digital Print on Silk Tunic Dress photo by Christine Lim, provided by the designer/ maker and used with permission
[from fibreQuarterly Volume 5 Issue 2/ Spring 2009]

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Leanne Shea Rhem OCAD University Class of 2011
Target Suit weight silk, pleated silk organza, zipper, red permanent marker writing, thread

photo: Christine Lim
Model: Leanne Shea Rhem
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Cross Country Round Up August into the Fall

this slap of cement was the footing for the construction (rather then relocation of ) a new building at Lang.
August 2009 photo taken by Joe Lewis August 2009 with permission
Lang Pioneer Village’s Heritage Celebration Weekend, Featuring the Festival of Textiles Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14 ~10am to 4pm each day
on Sunday august 8th 2010 I photographed the unfinished but obliviously there new building at Lang. this is the "Weaver's Shop" photo taken by Joe Lewis August 2010 with permission
Come celebrate textile traditions at Lang Pioneer Village during Lang’s Heritage Celebration Weekend featuring the “Festival of Textiles” on August 13th and 14th from 10am to 4pm each day. Join us for the much anticipated official opening of Lang Pioneer Village’s newest building, the S.W. Lowry Weaver Shop and Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre, built to house a rare original Jacquard loom and an exquisitely crafted replica Jacquard loom. Help us celebrate our proud achievement at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday August 13th at 1pm.
"The Jacquard Loom revolutionized the textile industry and led to the birth of the computers" image and quote from Lang
Lang Pioneer Village will host a Fibre Artist Marketplace. Browse through gorgeous displays of handmade fibre works for sale and meet with the artists.

Experience a “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration both days as hand weavers and spinners create a shawl from start to finish beginning with a sheep shearing demonstration, carding, spinning, weaving and ending with a raffle for the completed shawl. Throughout the Village, view various textile demonstrations including weaving, rug hooking, quilting, felting, stitching, embroidery, leather work, knitting, spinning, lace making, tatting, natural dyeing, chair caning and textile conservation. Learn about their craft from members of visiting guilds including the Ontario Handweavers & Spinners, Northumberland Rug Hookers, Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild, Campbellford-Seymour Rug Hookers, and Peterborough and Warkworth Handweavers and Spinners.

Weaver Carrie Osbourn is weaving rag rugs on a two harness loom  made of maple which was among the Samuel Lowry possessions that came into the collection of Lang Pioneer Village. This loom which is located in the "Trades Barn"
photo taken by Joe Lewis August 2010 with permission
Stop in at the Village’s Keene Hotel, where you can purchase ice cold beverages and fresh-baked goods. Enjoy your snacks on the Village Green while listening to live musical performances from Kirby & Yates and Appalachian Celtic. Take a tour of the Village by free horse-drawn wagon ride and children can try their hand at weaving by creating their own woven bookmark to take home.

You can see more images of Lang and the progress of the Weavers Shop in my facebook Albums

Admission: Adults ($10), Students and Seniors ($9), Youth (5-14) $6, Family ($30) includes 2 adults and 4 youth, under 5 free. All taxes included.

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At the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff there are two exhibitions featuring the paraphernalia of daily life of woman. Silk organza and GORE-TEX® are both serviceable materials for life in the Canadian Rockies
Mary Schaffer’s buckskin shirt, donated to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies by Mary’s great-nephew, Eric, the son of Paul Sharpless, who traveled with Mary to Maligne Lake in 1911, and a lantern slide of Mary wearing the shirt, Mary Schaffer fonds (V527 / PS 1 – 01) image provided by Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies * 
Women Adventurers in the Rockies
June 19 - November 15, 2011
Follow the stories of 10 women, five women from our colourful past & five contemporary women. They have all contributed to our unique Rocky Mountain culture. Their stories will be told through their possessions, images & interviews. One of them Mary Schäffer Warren whose buck skin shirt is pictured above is one of the "Mavericks" featured in the permanent exhibition of the same name at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Mary Schäffer Warren (1861 – 1939) raised in a Pennsylvania Quaker family, visited the Canadian Rockies for the first time in 1889, returning year after year. When her husband Charles Schäffer died in 1903, Mary returned to complete the botanical guide to the flora of the Canadian Rockies that she and Charles had begun. With guide William (Billy) Warren, Mary developed the outdoor skills required to complete her project and to become the first non-Native woman to travel through much of the area now encompassed by Banff and Jasper national parks. In 1911, at the request of the Canadian Government, Mary, by this time an accomplished artist, photographer, and writer, was asked to survey Maligne Lake, an undertaking that was regarded as the exclusive domain of men in the early 20th century. Her survey ultimately led to its inclusion in Jasper National Park.

Dresses from the collection of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation, featured in the High Fashion in the Rockies exhibition now at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. image provided by Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 
The Stuff of Legend: The Luxton Family in Banff and the Bow Valley featuring High Fashion in the Rockies– A surprising collection of gorgeous dresses belonging to Georgina and Eleanor – the Luxton ladies - is now featured. Rediscovered in the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation collection were dozens of beautiful dresses from 1910 through the 1960s. A small percentage of this extraordinary assortment of apparel along with accessories including gloves, purses, smoking paraphernalia, and lingerie, is on display in the Heritage Gallery  
Purple Dress from the Renel Dress Salon, in Montreal, Canada, ca.1950 is part of collection of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation, image provided by Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies* *
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
111 Bear Street
Banff, Alberta

* You can find out more about Mary Schȁffer at the Glenbow Museum in their on-line version of the Mavericks exhibition in the "newcomer" section

** to see what High Fashion was also available in Montreal shops in the 1910- 1960s check out these "western garments" which are part of the Musee du costume et du textiles du Quebec collection

These exhibitions along with the new "Woman In Palaeontology." hallway leading from the  "Lords of the Land exhibition up to Special Exhibition space featuring "I think..." (Charles Darwin, 1837) at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller Alberta show female rolls in the west were more then just the hookers farm wives and missionaries of Hollywood Westerns would have us believe.

August 20 - September 28 2011
Glenbow Museum, Calgary 
Discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic fashion. Delight in the sumptuous fabrics, the lavish lace, skilled embroidery and unparalleled craftsmanship and creativity. Bask in the ambiance of big-screen cinema and the allure of famous film stars. An experience like no other awaits visitors to CUT! Costume and the Cinema.

On view for the first time in Canada, this exhibition reveals the integral role of costume design in creating unforgettable screen characters. "When actors put on those clothes that is when the character comes alive," says Nancy Lawson, exhibition co-curator. More than 30 actors are represented from some 25 films which depict five centuries of history, drama and comedy.

Cut! also allows the viewer to appreciate the fine details of costumes that often only appear fleetingly in the final film. The attention to detail in the research, design and creation of these film costumes crosses the line from craft to couture.

Fashion and film become fine art in this exciting exhibition. All 43 costumes were made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd., and many have won major film awards for costume design, including the coveted Oscar™.

British Columbia

"Slipstitch" JACKIE FRIOUD – Clay, JUDY ROBERTSON - Fabric

Circle Craft Gallery
Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Sept. 2nd - Oct. 4th, 2011

These Okanagan based artist’s unique talents are a combination of hooked rugs and porcelain functional ware. Robertsons’ hooked rugs tell a detailed story embroidered into the fabric before being hooked. She favours natural fibres and chooses these for each rug with foresight. Frioud’s white porcelain line explores ‘stitching’ and ‘wrapping’ within a series of functional limited

detail of hooked rug by Judy Robertson
Judy Robertson says, “The stories I write are hand-embroidered on strips of fabric. I then use a traditional hooked-rug method, embedding the story into the piece.“Approximately three-quarters of the text disappears within the folds, leaving only fragments of words showing. I think these works are about a presence that cannot be known, a voice that is just outside of understanding. Perhaps it is the unconscious trying to surface or the quiet pleas of a person all alone.”

Dateline Toronto:

In Place: new landscapes
Dorothy Caldwell
September 29 - October 30 2011
David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen Street West
Toronto Ontario

you can read my profile of Dorothy Callwell in Textile Fibre Forum Volume 28 issue 4 No 96, 2009, p. 30 profile: Dorothy Caldwell: Marking Time

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Grace Ndiritu, Still Life: White Textiles, 2005-07, photograph from video.
Image: Courtesy the artist and The Agency Gallery, London, provided by the TMC
Opening soon at the Textile Museum of Canada
Veiled: Andrew McPhail, Grace Ndiritu and Tazeen Qayyum
October 12, 2011 to February 12, 2012.
Curator Sarah Quinton,
 The exhibition examines the act of veiling as a physical, emotional and personal processes.

In September 2009 during the Hamilton Arts Crawl I accompanied Andrew Mcphail as he strolled down James Street North as he performed "all my little failures" McPhail in a shroud made of a grid of adhesive Bandages looking like either a fishing net or flesh colour lace glided down James Street North repelling or interacting with the milling crowd. I photographed and shot video during this event little realizing it was the star of a new body of work.

Andrew has just spent the month of July as Artist in Residence at  Gallery Connexion is Fredericton’s only artist-run center, located in the capital city of New Brunswick, Canada. Continuing to work with band aids as a medium. the exhibition of this work runs August 4 to September 30, 2011

currently running
Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara
March 23 - September 25, 2011

Permanent Collection: An Iconography of Celebration
March 23 - September 25, 2011

Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture
May 18 - November 20, 2011

Cold Comfort: New and Improved Souvenirs of Canada

On Tour

detail of Kai Chan's The Tower and its Spirit 1984 wood, thread, cotton organza 234 X 59 X 51 cm and 239 X 56 X 61 cm ( in the collection of the Museum of Civilization CMCC -94_576.1...-2) photo by Joe Lewis taken with permission of the Varley Art Gallery in September 2010 opening of  A Spider's Logic
May 24 _ September 4 2011
Musée d’art de Joliette
145, rue Père-Wilfrid-Corbeil
Joliette (Québec) J6E 4T4

Organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Kai Chan: A Spider’s Logic will continue to tour throughout 2012 at the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, Ontario), and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

New Publications:

 Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic Exhibition Catalogue is available now through ABC Art Books
Essays by Sarah Quinton, Shannon Anderson and Charles Guilbert
Co-produced by the Textile Museum of Canada and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham; © 2010
87 pages, 27 colour ill., 20.25 x 26.5 cm in softcover
$35.00 CDN.

Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic : A 35-year retrospective documenting the work of Toronto-based artist Kai Chan, A Spider's Logic brings together key artworks, many of which have never been seen together before. Chan’s work is critically received equally within the discipline of textiles and the visual arts in general. 'A master of the unremarkable', Chan has successfully altered the gene pool of what constitutes sculpture and what constitutes textiles. The essays presented here bring together different perspectives and responses to Chan's work. Sarah Quinton, Shannon Anderson and Charles Guilbert's texts are insightful, attentive to his evolving concerns, and offer an in-depth reading of a lifelong practice.

Tapestry Weaving - Design and Technique by Joanne Soroka
ISBN: 9781847972804, Published: 01/08/2011 by The Crowood Press
Pages: 184
Binding: Hardback
Size: 260x215 mm
Inside: 190 colour photographs & diagrams

"Tapestries were among the most prestigious of art forms, created for the mightiest in the land and valued for centuries. Despite its illustrious history, tapestry weaving is actually a simple technique that requires little equipment or expenditure, and can be done anywhere. Written by a prominent tapestry weaver, this lavishly illustrated book gently leads you through the whole process with detailed diagrams and exciting work by contemporary weavers. It will be useful to the absolute beginner, but experienced weavers will also find new ideas and techniques to tempt and inspire them."
avilabel through The Crowood Press

Canadian born, now based in Edinburgh Scotland, Joanne Soroka with her work, GoldenSections, tapestry 2007, wool, cotton, flax, synthetic thread and wire 155 x155 cm  at the group show Art Textiles in Canada at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles to launch  "Art Textiles of the World: Canada" from  Telos Art Publishers in April of 2009

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This is a small sampling of Textile events and exhibitions happening in Canada over the next few months. So get out there and if you feel the need to write about what you are seeing or reading, fQ is looking for content.
Joe Lewis wearing Keiley Stewart 's Lion's Head
Size: 60cm x 40cm Medium: Felted; coopeworth, camel, 2011. Photo take at the opening of Shape of Things, Sheridan College 2011 Graduate exhibition

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