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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!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Kingston Fibre Artists 
cordially invite you to attend Art Threads 2019
from 
April 8th until May 5th

Show takes place at the Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity located at 370 King St West, Level 1. This is the 22nd annual exhibition for the group and features new work by 17 local artists, including a group challenge featuring fibre art using a favourite quotation as inspiration.
Walk & Talk
Friday April 12 at 10 am

Experience the exhibition with a tour and discussion with some of the artists.
Demonstrations
Friday April 12 from  1-4 pm

Watch some of the artists demonstrate their creative collage; using an air pen; chenille technique; modern embroidery; and using a knitting machine.
Opening Reception

Kingston Food Bank's Sandy Singers
 will open the show at the reception being held on Saturday April 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Food bank donations will be welcome at the reception and for the duration of the show.
Art Threads is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until the show is taken down Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 pm.

For more information or to arrange a gallery tour for a group,
please contact 
info@kingstonfibreartists.ca


Art Threads is made possible by the generous support of the Ballytobin Foundation.

Monday, December 3, 2018

MARBLING BASICS – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MARBLING FABRIC


Date(s)
Thursday, January 17th 6-9pm
Location
Activity Room
Presenter
Beth Garner

MARBLING BASICS – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MARBLING FABRIC

Marbling has always been a bit of a mystery for those who love to create original cloth. Join fibre artist Bethany Garner, as she shares how to create amazing cloth in a clean, safe and fun-filled environment!
In this popular workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore easy to use marbling paints from PEBEO, a renowned paint developer for the textile arts in France. You will work by layering the paints, using pipettes or eye droppers onto the surface of a pre-mixed, thickened delivery system in a shallow pan. Plus, you will leave with the knowledge to create your own marbling set-up at home.
The real MAGIC begins as you layer on pre-cut white, black, or coloured fabrics, or papers of your choice. You may choose to experiment with silk, satin, corduroy, denim, velveteen and more.
The results are always beautiful, and can be used in art quilts, journal covers, framed art, and if large enough garments and home d├ęcor. This class will be samples focused and follow-up instruction is always available.

* Dye materials included in class fee.
* A comprehensive workshop handout is provided.
* Please bring your own papers (Japanese papers, Mulberry paper and watercolour paper are great).
* Please bring your own cloth (silk, cotton, satin).
* Please bring a large container to take home wet papers/fabrics.
** You can also purchase pre-made paper and cloth kits for $10-$15 cash during the class.

Thursday, January 17th 6-9pm in the Activity Room (1st Floor - lake level). Ages 12+

INSTRUCTOR - Bethany Garner

Bethany Garner has been designing and making quilts since 1976. She is a seasoned contemporary artist, traditional quilter, Restoration Specialist, Quilt Conservator, and is a Professor of Textile Design at St. Lawrence College, Kingston. She has inspired her students to take chances, try new things, and explore their favourite techniques in the classroom and at home.
Bethany has been sharing her favourite techniques in the classrooms since 1996, and brings her students a number of mixed-media, and cloth based colouring workshops based on the application of easy to use Procion MX Dyes, acrylic paints, inks, and silk paints for cloth, fibres and threads.Bethany’s courses are technique based, fun and developed to ensure that every student is accepted and feels included, supported and making their way forward on their own creative path.
Bethany served as a member and Board Secretary for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning from 2015 to 2018. She is a Past Co-President of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners and is a member of the Kingston Fibre and Fabric Cooperative, the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners. She is a past president of the Canadian Quilters Association/ACC and was honoured as the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Bethany has recently served Studio Art Quilt Associates, an International Art Quilts organization with 3400 members worldwide and has served as their Central Canada Regional Representative. Beth was selected as Curator for the first major SAQA Exhibition coming to Canada, and she is active within the Surface Design Association. She also enjoys her active membership with both the Kingston Fibre Artists, Quinte Fibre Artists and CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists groups in Ontario. She exhibits her work across Canada and the US, often in gallery settings and with group/Association exhibitions.
Her work is in private and corporate collections across Canada and the US. She enjoys sharing her work in group and solo exhibitions when opportunities present.
Bethany travels and teaches for Quilt Guilds, shops and women's groups by invitation. She is the Owner and Managing Co-ordinator for the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series which has brought the very best of the best Fibre Arts Educators to Canada since 1979.

Thursday, November 1, 2018



Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR and visit with our group of nine talented and committed fibre arts friends as we share a wide variety of  our beautiful new work in fibre and fabric at the

Kingston Yacht Club
Sunday, November 25th, 2018
11 am to 6 pm
We will be upstairs in the VIBRANT Sale and Display Room 

The very best part of knowing these amazing women is that they are all practicing their skills and techniques as Studio Artists and working from their homes to create items with their hands, using the fibre, fabric and practiced techniques that they love. We are each presenting beautiful and useful items that started as an idea and have evolved into tangible, carefully and thoughtfully created and sought after treasures. You will find hand spun, woven, knit, hand and machine-stitcheditems and MORE! all created with love...wearables, home decor, wall art and small and large gifts for all ages, ...something for everyone. 

The variety and quality of the artist's offerings will give you the chance to choose special gifts for friends, family or yourself, and knowing that each has been crafted by a committed artist in fibre and fabric will be the best part of your visit! Always being able to chat and get to know the makers personally is a terrific opportunity, and this group of fast friends will make you smile! Come see for yourself!

Do bring a few friends or your family! Everyone welcome...and the Kingston waterfront is truly beautiful this time of year. The view from the upstairs KYC display room providest a beautiful vista for you to enjoy as you have a look up and down the St. Lawrence along the east end of Lake Ontario as you move among the table displays and enjoy a great chat with the Fibre Artists friends. 

Parking is available on Maitland near the Yacht Club, and you may choose to park a block or two away and enjoy a walk through City Park and down two short blocks to the Yacht Club. Entry is through the main level doors and up the stairs , or choose to join us via the outside starirs which open directly into the Sale Room! (FYI: The Yacht Club is not wheelchair accessible.)

You might plan to see if you can slip downstairs and purchase a light lunch  in the KYC dining room as you visit our 1st Annual VIBRANT Sale...enjoy! 

We hope you will join us November 25th.
Bethany

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THREADWORKS Exhibition reaches Gananoque, ON for a run through October 24th, 2017 - a must see exhibit of stunning fibre art from artists across Canada.


News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please sh
are with friends...

The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past many years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.



In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

Arthur Child Heritage Museum

(on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

125 Water Street.
Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3
| 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)





Hours:
September 4th – October 24th: 10 – 4 pm
Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

Office Hours:

Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.

Admission:

Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS invite you to join us for an amazing joint exhibition with the Oakville Stitchery Guild. Opening Reception, Sunday, September 17, 2017. Hope you will join us!

A FIBRE ART FEAST 
Connections Fibre Artists & Oakville Stitchery Guild

Exhibition dates: Sept 15 – Nov 12, 2017
Opening reception: Sept 17 from 2 pm -5 pm

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville, Ontario Canada L6H 7B2
(1 km East of Trafalgar Road)
Phone: (905) 257-4730

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or  by appointment

Closed Mondays


CONVERSATIONS, Bethany Garner, 2017

Created with 108 heritage quilt blocks from the Ruth McKendry Collection
Hand stitched, English Paper Piecing technique and
the papers remain in the blocks as well as the original basting stitched.
 by an unknown Wellington County Artists well over 130 years ago.
Bethany joined each of the blocks with a small wooden bead,
suspended against fibreglass screen as a wall art piece.


We have always been connected by the threads of time. Stitching cloth or skins together has been elemental to human survival, and for centuries, embellishing cloth has been a cultural heritage. Playing with a needle and thread can be a pleasurable pastime but embroidery is a refined skill, and creativity takes it to another dimension.

In this exhibition The Connections Fibre Artists will celebrate 150 years of Canada with work inspired by settlers and pioneers. The Oakville Stitchery Guild (one of the first embroidery Guilds in Canada) will pay tribute to Constance Howard O.B.E., the great teacher who brought embroidery to Canada in 1972.

Connections Fibre Artists

The Connections Fibre Artists group is comprised of artists stretching across Canada and into the UK.
Fibre is the medium that connects them, giving their art depth and texture that other media can only dream of. Their work is highly diverse, from silk fusion to thread painting, soft sculpture to machine embroidery, hand-quilting to photo transfer, fibre wrapping and beading, with new techniques and disciplines occurring regularly. 

TURN, TURN, TURN, Dianne Gibson 2017



Oakville Stitchery Guild
The Oakville Stitchery Guild meets monthly at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, with guest speakers and instructors, classes, and workshops on stitchery techniques and fabric art. Characteristic work includes experimental embroidery by hand and/or machine, mixed media fibre work, soft jewellery, lace-making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, doll making, beading, stumpwork, altered book-making, and silk ribbon embroidery.

Artwork by a member of the Oakville Stitchery Guild

Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Sunday
1 pm to 4 pm
or by appointment
CLOSURES
All Mondays
June 25
July 1, 2, 10, 30
Sept 3, 10

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists invite you to attend the Opening Reception for "RUNNING WITH FIBRE" at Gallery Stratford on July 14, 7-9 pm or please plan to visit the show at the Gallery between July 15 and September 24, 2017.


The artists:


Wendy O'Brien, Ralph Beney, Helen Hughes, Gordana Brelih,
Bethany Garner, Maggie Vanderweit, Penny Berens,
Dianne Gibson, Hilary Rice, Mita Giacomini, Jacqueline Venus,
Dwayne Wanner, Gunnel Hag, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Duggan Litch, Sharron Deacon Begg, Sybil Rampen, Pat Hertzberg, Linda Janzen, Chris Kummer, Frankie Lemonde-Meunier, Gail Rhynard, Ann Sanders,
Bev White, Nancy Yule


The members of the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Group work together to bring you the very best of the best in contemporary technique and use of beautiful, original fabric and stitch design. They share a wide variety of interests including dye and print work, digital design play, three dimensional art, woven and knit/crochet pieces and beautifully presented hand and machine stitch interpretations in cloth and fibre as they finish and present each individual fine art piece. Creative use of cloth, thread, paper, metal, dye, paint, embellishment, natural eco print technique and so much more is combined with the many talents demonstrated in the unique and intriguing mark making and design play used in their new pieces.


If you were fascinated by the forward thinking and art focused uniqueness demonstrated in their recent exhibition at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, you will truly enjoy  
exploring the beautiful collection to be shared at Gallery Stratford July 14th though September 24th. Mark your calendar and be sure to share with friends.


Please visit the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS website to get to know the artists a bit better as you plan your visit through Stratford this summer.  http://connectionsfibreartists.com



GALLERY STRATFORD
54 Romeo Street South 
Stratford, ON (Canada)
N5A 4S9

519-271-5271info@gallerystratford.on.ca
Gallery Hours
10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Free Admission thanks to a community supporter

Accessibility
Gallery Stratford is wheelchair accessible and there is plenty of free parking adjacent to the gallery; bus parking is available.