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Committed to supporting the use of fibre as an art form, the blogs you visit here are links to happenings around Ontario and beyond. Use the links to your best advantage and make ART!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Please plan to join Phillida Hargreaves for her ARTIST'S TALK on May 14th at Grace Hall Community Centre, Sydenham, ON

Selected Works of Fibre Art
by Phillida Hargreaves
Grace Hall Community Centre,
4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham, ON
May 1st to August 4th 2017

Artist's talk on May 14th from 2 -4pm

This show features work created by Phillida over the past 10 years

Viewing times, if you miss the talk, are 1-4pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Map at: http://www.sfcsc.ca/grace-centre


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please mark your calendar and plan a visit to the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS exhibition "ARTeFACTS" opening Sunday April 23, 2017 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON

ARTeFACTS
Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch
(Above): Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch

A Connections Fibre Artists' Exhibit

April 22 - June 4, 2017

Opening Reception

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 to  3:30 pm

In celebration of Canada's 150th, our Connections Fibre Artists have each chosen artefacts from the Museum's collection to highlight their artworks as they developed stories in cloth and stitch and inspired by Wellington County's past and present.

These art pieces inspire conversations about our STORIES and moments in Canadian History.
"We are pleased to have created works inspired by items from the Museum Archives ," says Elizabeth Duggan Litch, a member of Connections Fibre Artists.

"My piece Stand on Guard , above, is connected to the Canadian National Anthem, representing the things Canadians nurture and protect."

Do plan a visit between April 22 and June 4, 2017 and bring family and friends.


SAQA Central Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:

Bethany Garner, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Hilary Rice,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith , Dwayne Wanner and Jacqueline Venus


Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hours
Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Closed on Government and Statutory Holidays.
Admission Fees
  • General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation

Location and Contact Information:

0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3
Directions, How to Get to the Museum
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map

T 519.846.0916 x5221
T 1.800.663.0750 x5221
F 519.846.9630

Monday, August 22, 2016

Come join in on the fun and create all new work as Fall Term at St. Lawrence College begins September 15th!


COLOUR THE QUILT ARTISTS' WAY

Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 September 15 - December 1, 2016
12 weeks, 6-9 pm 


Colour, the Quilt Artists' Way  

Colour represents the most exciting of the visual elements for creative expression. Effective use of colour brings a variety of moods into your work. 

Come explore the aesthetic value of colour as you gain a strong understanding of colour principles, tonal gradation, colour mixing, discord, contrast and illusion. You will create a series of small compositions as you develop themes and effects in your quilts that tell a story or make a definitive statement. Visual support materials will be provided during the course to inspire and stimulate your creativity.

Notes:

Our 2016 Fall Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring COLOUR-PLAY and enjoying the experience both together with classmates and in independent study.  Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic COLOUR relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.

Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples
created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of color specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom..








 Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.



Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One particular focus will be MODERN QUILT design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and welcome returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at www.SL.on.ca in early December to register. Your questions directly to me are most welcome: bethanygarner@kingston.net or textiledesignslc@gmail.com
REGISTER HERE:
http://parttime.stlawrencecollege.ca/stlaw/course/course.aspx?C=80341&pc=2&mc=11&sc=233

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or bethanygarner@kingston.net for details or with questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is one exhibition you will NOT want to miss... mark your calendar and bring along a few friends!


Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington

September 8 to September 18, 2016

EXHIBITION RECEPTION
 Meet the Artists” 
Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario.
Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

NEW for 2016: Interactive Exhibit and Artist Talks

An Interactive Exhibit - artists made numerous samples of their work, which you can touch and examine to understand how the work is done!

Artist Talks on how their pieces are made, 
free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit     Wednesday Sept 14
th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18
th from 1pm to 2pm

REFLECTIONS, Lake Ontario Spring 2016,Bethany Garner


AGB Mission

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kingston's ROBIN LAWS FIELD shares her retrospective through the month of September at WINDOW ART GALLERY, Kingston, ON


WINDOW ART GALLERY
next to the Kingston School of Arts
647 Princess St. at Victoria St., 
Kingston ON
SEPTEMBER 8-25th


VERNISSAGE and Meet the Artist
Saturday September 10, 2016
7-9 pm

Please do plan to join Robin, family and friends as they celebrate this milestone in Robin's life... the sharing of a body of work that is not only a beautiful representation of Robin's exceptional textile art pieces, but her hand drawn and painted artworks which have always been a part of her practice.

Statement:
All my life I have been driven to create: to write, draw, renovate, paint, sew, knit, hook, and most recently combine all these into pieces of fibre art.

Colour and texture pull me in and keep me up at night until I’ve figured out how to make them mine; and then how to picture them so that others can see what I see, be it beautiful, political, sentimental, funny or just a scintillating juxtaposition of bits and pieces that somehow please.

For a preview of her work, visit Robin's page at the Kingston Fibre Artists website here

Please contact the Gallery for more details/directions...

WINDOW ART GALLERY
647a Princess @ Victoria, Kingston, On K7L 1E4
613-549-1528 * ksoa@kingston.net

Hours: 
Mon/Tue - 9am - 12 pm
Wed/Fri - 9 am - 4 pm
Thurs - 9 am - 8 pm
Sat/Sun -  12 - 4 pm

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Please join FIBREWORKS KINGSTON friends for a great FIBRE RETREAT weekend that is close enough to drive to and yes, you can stay in the lovely Napanee/Kingston area and be with us in a flash!


FALL FIBRE RETREAT 
 FRIENDS OLD AND NEW JUST COME AND PLAY
One Day, Two Days or all three... 
September 23-25th, 2016

Hand Stitching, Weaving, Spinning,
Dye Play, Fabric Painting, Machine Quilting, 
Making Quilts, bags, gifts, mending...or
sharing skills and just enjoying the chats!!!

Retreat fee: $40 for one day, $70 for two and $100 for three with demonstrations ($60 for all three if you are doing "your own thing")

Your printable Registration Form is on the right sidebar here at the blog...

Fibreworks Kingston invites you to come and share whatever YOU love to do! 

We have Odessa Fairgrounds Hall located in the village of ODESSA just west of Kingston from 9 am Friday September 23rd until 5 pm on Sunday September 25th - totally devoted time and space for all things fibre related! Join in on your own or find a few friends and come on out and play.

Close enough to drive and no accommodation costs unless you are coming from FAR away (and you are sooo encouraged to join us...). Everyone welcome!

Can't think of what to do???
* Make a quilt/garment/bag or ???- cut and piece for all three days using large tables and your own sewing space
* Create/finish new artwork for a deadline or upcoming Show...
* Bring your loom or wheel - get inventory ready for fall weaving and spinning sales or simply use your knitting or crochet skills to relax with friends
* Dye some yarn or fabric  - and dry the cloth or wool out of doors while the weather is still GREAT.... hoping for sunshine all weeend
* Take advantage of morning classes with Bethany - or just stitch, design, weave, spin or dye at your own table
* Stitch up a few Christmas gifts - what better way to get a start on the holiday season and have some fun with friends while you sew

NOTE: Tables are reserved on a first come registration basis and in the order that paid reservations are received. One table or two, just ask. A total of 20 tables will be available for each of the three days in the main classroom/play space. Confirmation of table space will be sent along with your registration receipt.

The Odessa Hall kitchen is available for storing and preparing your lunch and some sharing of "cooking" resources for those who want to do some eco printing, wool dye work or if you bring ice for ice dyeing. (One freezer only...so it will be a morning activity.)

Some ideas in "mini-class" style for those who don't know what to do! There will be a demo in the morning and you take it from there with your own dye play.....

(There is no obligation to participate - just come and do your own thing)

DAILY DEMONSTRATIONS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd - 9-11 am - QUILT DAY
 
Today we will have a short lesson on creating the "strip piecing, free style" using commercial or hand dyed fabrics - STASH BUSTER style (see the quilt photo at the top of the page) which is a "go to" form of quilt assembly for Bethany. 

Bethany will send you a list of pieces to cut if you like before the demo day... she uses a variety of 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, and 3" strips and "bits" left over from other projects and pieces to a muslin underlay.... and this base project works easily into pillows, bags, baby blankets, clothing and more...you decide!

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner 2016




SATURDAY September 24th - 9-11 am - COLOUR YOUR CLOTH DAY

Bethany will share an assortment of prepared dyes for dyeing cloth (cotton, linen, rayon, silk) and a few colours of acid dyes for wool. Some soda ash and vinegar for making sure your colour STAYS on the fabrics will be supplied. YOU supply the pre-washed wool or natural fabrics. LIQUID, pre-mixed dyes in 8 colours for cottons will be available, 5 for wool. You can mix from this choice of colours for your own dye combinations. (and yes some will be NEUTRALS!) Note: There is a $5 fee for use of dyes and auxiliaries on top of your registration fee for this demonstration morning. The dyes will be in the hall ALL weekend.

Dark to light values in blues and soft rose, teal and grey

Note: Bethany will be doing a short ICE Dyeing demo - please let me know if YOU want to play along...the results can be spectacular! 

Supplies lists will go out to those who register and pay for the dye demonstration/dye usage. Dyeing support will be a focus all weekend for those who want to progress or work a full day with dyes...just mention that on your registration form.





SUNDAY September 25th - 9-11 am  - CREATIVE STITCHERY 

We will be using cotton and wool threads for creating various embellishment plans/ideas for those who love hand stitching and using up a stash of fabric bits you love or even a wonderful wool blanket as a base for stitch work. Bethany will demonstrate the "glue stitch" for basting layers of fabrics together before stitch work, and using favourite embroidery stitches including couching, overcast, blanket, running and various embroidery stitches that are effective for adding new dimension to your home decor, quilts and fibre art! 

Love the lines, marks...natural dyed wool blanket, black and greyed threads, LARGE stitches

Start a project that will last through the fall.. note, Bethany is using a hand dyed wool blanket for her base material, so keep your eyes open for blanket wool at garage sales or in your own linen closet...lovely start! You may stitch on cotton, rayon, linen or other background fabric of choice.


ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE WEEKEND ARE WELCOME TO SIT IN ON THE DEMOS OR JUST "DO THEIR OWN THING AT THEIR TABLE... just come enjoy some fun with friends old and new!

NOTE: Please tick the boxes on the registration form if you WILL be participating in the demos so Bethany has enough information handouts for everyone.

Hope you will join us... REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Cheques payable to HERITAGE QUILTWORKS CANADA (sponsoring through Fibreworks Kingston and coordinated by Bethany Garner)

Mail registration to: Bethany Garner, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H1M0

contact: bethanygarner@kingston.net or leave a message at 613-376-6150