Sunday, July 29, 2012

Textile Events August into the Fall of 2012

OCC award winner  Amanda McCavour
at Lonsdale Gallery,  in Toronto opening night of
Line & Shadow, Larry Kagan and Amanda McCavour
Ontario Crafts Council Announcing the 2012 Awards & Scholarships Recipients!

The Awards & Scholarships is an OCC flagship program that celebrates excellence in making, allows for peer recognition, and provides opportunity for promotion.

fQ would like to congratulate the following fibre people:Elizabeth AstonStephanie Fortin, Shuyu Lu, and Amanda McCavour. I also want to congratulate jewellers Suzanne Carlsen and Annie Tung  (take a look at thier websites and you will know why their work interest me)

Theresa Shu-yu Lu, TOAE winner of  2010 best of Fibre as chosen by Susanne Warner Keene,
Its days of accompanying the Annual General Meeting are gone - instead, the 2012 Award & Scholarships recipients will be honoured with a special event. As such, we are very excited to introduce you to the inaugural Craft Awards Ceremony - a night dedicated to makers and objects, and to celebrating the very best of contemporary craft. As part of the evening we will be announcing the award recipients of the prestigious John Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement, as well as the Volunteer Committee Outstanding Service Award. In order to build anticipation and excitement, we will be withholding the announcement of which award each recipient has won until the Ceremony on Thursday, October 4, 2012. We invite you to join us in celebrating the award winners with friends, family, patrons, donors, collectors, and the OCC board, staff and volunteers. Tickets will be available in August.

contact Ontario Craft Council for more information

Kuna woman, sewing photo provided by Sky Morrison.

Meanwhile events that are closer in time and i will be attending sooner are back to back Fibre Festivals in east central Ontario in Hastings: August 17 and Lang Pioneer Village on August 18th and 19th.
 Dress & Identity, Molas:Art of Kuna Women during Hastings Founders Week celebration
and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration & 45th Anniversary Celebration takes place at Lang Pioneer Village

Fibre Festival
Hastings Civic Centre 
Friday August 17 2012 10am until 5 pm
Hastings, Ontario
This event is an intimate one with:

11 am - 1 pm: Opening ceremonies followed by demonstrations from  Gunnel Hag Colour Vie: Printing, Colour and Pigment Systems and, Alpacas from Source to the Product.

1:30 - 3:30 pm  Guest Lectures,
Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa: Artist and Film Maker, Montreal PQ and Vermont US
Sky Morrison PhD., Folklorist and Textile  Scholar, Hastings Ontario.

3:30 Tea

4:00 -  5:00
Film Screening followed by Q&A

Suppliers Market Place and Community Textile Arts:  Knitting, Rug Hooking, Embroidery, Spinning, Weaving and Quilting

for more information contact Sky Morrison 705-696-1382 or Marg Gorndon 705-202-1273
Audrey Caryi, Museum Specialist, with replica Jacquard loom Photo: Laurie Siblock
Dress & Identity of First Nations and Settlers Fibre Festival at Lang Pioneer Village on August 18 -19

You Can read about Textile Arts at Lang Pioneer Village Museum by By Joe Corrigan & Laurie Siblock  in fQ Volume 8 Issue 2

Book a room in a hotel or B&B in the Peterborough region and make a weekend of it. see you there.

Up and running across Canada

 British Columbia

SILK SPLENDOUR: TEXTILES OF CHINA’S IMPERIAL DYNASTYThe exhibition from the Chinese textile collection of the AGGV features nineteenth-century garments that reflect the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy during China’s last imperial dynasty.

The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. This exhibition features 66 beautiful garments, including many exquisite designer dresses, along with hats, handbags, shoes and jewellery from the era. The items on display come from the private collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, as well as from the MOV and other collections.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street Victoria BC, V8V 4P1
Until September 23, 2012

ed.note [i will be seeing these exhibition the second week of August]


Land Sentence: Pool, Jane Kidd (Salt Spring Island, BC) 2010, Woven Tapestry, 91 x 207 cm
Photo Credit: John Dean
Translations: Recent work in Tapestry by Jane Kidd
Negotiating Traditions: Five Approaches in Contemporary Tapestry,
curated by Jane Kidd, features Jolie Bird, Judy Brown, Murray Gibson, Linda Wallace & Melissa Wong
 Alberta Craft Council. until September 29,

see the exhibition on line at

Diminishment of Hope: Infertility Series by Linda Wallace is comprised of six panels, each buried and then reclaimed by painstakingly stitching each to a piece of linen.
You can read A Post-Grad Contemplation by Mellissa Wong, ACAD  in fQ Volume 7 Issue 2/ summer 2011


Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape.
May 23 September 30 2012
Textile Museum of Canada

In this latest interdisciplinary exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, landmark Canadian artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections are integrated with the work of contemporary Canadian artists including Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, John Henry Fine Day, Jérôme Fortin, Grant Heaps, Jason McLean, Graeme Patterson, Ruth Scheuing, Michael Snow and Barbara Todd

This is a series of Rugs / catalogne dating from the 1850s t0 the 1920s from Ontario and Quebec part of Dreamland photo by Joe Lewis
You can read  Post-industrial anxiety, made one stitch at a time by R.M. VAUGHAN in the The Globe and Mail

You can see some photos from this show in facebook album July 2012 textile sightings


This exhibition offers an intimate look at the design of one of Canada’s most celebrated treasures – the National Ballet of Canada, celebrating its 60th anniversary. The exhibit highlights the various ways in which the ballet as an institution is designed through hundreds of items from the ballet’s archive. The Design Exchange’s CDC/Teknion Lounge will feature an international, interactive, co-exhibition, The Tutu Project, featuring 60 tutus.

The Design Exchange  
234 Bay Street Toronto 
ON, M5K 1B2
Runs until September 2 2012

“Fashionality” is a newly coined term that refers to the visual culture and semiotics of dress and adornment. Combining the words “fashion,” “personality,” and “nationality,” it reflects the interplay between clothing, identity, and culture. The exhibition surrounds this theme, and explores the work of twenty-three contemporary Canadian artists who have employed apparel as a primary medium, subject or sign. Reflecting wide geographic and cultural diversity, it focuses upon the ways in which the concerns, identities, and aesthetics of those living in Canada are expressed, deconstructed, and reconfigured through the idiom of dress. - Julia Pine, Curators Statements

Fashionality; Dress and Identity in Contemporary Canadian Art at the McMicheal Canadian Art Collection 10365 Islington Avenue, in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada runs until September 3 2012

Detail/ close up of Michèle Karch-Ackerman's THE SWEATER PROJECT which is on going and you can participate in
You can see some photos from the opening day of this exhibition in my facebook Album
May2012 Textile Sightings


fQ is looking forward to the fall and
The Love Socks of J. Alfred Prufrock,by Heidi Overhill, have just been named runner-up for the Jurors' Award in Fibreworks 2010, Photograph credit Owen Colbourne, 2010. (--In the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo--)

September 29 - November 11, 2012
Opening Reception- Friday Night ART Live: October 5 at 7:00 pm
Cambridge Galleries, 1 North Square, Cambridge, ON, N1S 2K6
The 14th edition of this popular biennial juried exhibition is a showcase of fibre artists from across Canada, honouring the community’s rich textile manufacturing history.

On Saturday, September 11th 2010 in Cambridge Ontario they celebrated contemporary Canadian textile art by opening a unique art installation by Cambridge Centre for the Arts 2010 Artist-in-Residence Sue Sturdy; along with two textile based exhibitions organized by Cambridge Galleries: Fibreworks 2010 and FABRICation!
You can see more photos from previous fibrewoks exhibitions in these facebook albums
2010 Fibreworks | FABRICcation | Knit camBRIDGE expect the unexpected and  fibreworks 2008

The World of Threads Festival that begain in 1994 as one exhibition has taken place in Oakville Ontario, has now partnered with HardTwist juried Textile exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto which is now in its 7th year and was mounted in conjunction with the 2006 TSA symposium. WOT has also added other venues in Toronto into the festival. If you add fibreworks 2012 at the Cambridge Galleries into the mix the heart of southern Ontario during the last week of October and the first 11 days of November becomes a smorgasbord of international textile work. I am not quit sure of the total number of exhibitions and makers but this feels comparable to Fiber Philadelphia and suggest interesting possibilities. but that is for others to figure out.

Rob Davidovitz, Rosepath in Brilliant Violet and Red, woven strips of acrylic paint. Hard Twist 6 Obsession 2011 Photo joe lewis
Hardtwist VII – Touch Me, Feel Me Seventh Annual Juried Show Of Textile-Based Art
November 1, 2012 – January 27, 2013Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

You can see images from Hard Twist 2011 Obsession on flicker

World of Threads
multiple venues
Nov. 2 - 18, 2012
Oakville and Toronto Ontario


In between fibreworks 2012 and World of Threads I will be attending Textile Society of America's 13th Biennial Symposium

Me wearing  Keiley Stewart's with needle felted Lion's Head, you can too at HardTwist and have your photo taken wearing it. see you some place


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