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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshop sponsors a CABIN FEVER weekend of play February 6-8, 2015

Cabin Fever Weekend returns to FIBREWORKS in 2015
Three Days - Three Workshops
Perfect for giving you a new start on projects in the new year...


DAY ONE: Friday, February 6, 2015 
"LINKED IN" 
* A day for quilters to come together and play
* Pattern provided and a comprehensive handout
* Supplies list provided with paid registration
* $50 workshop fee

QUILTERS TAKE NOTE - Friday's workshop is for YOU! Start the New Year off with a date to stitch and play and create a great quilt. You can even choose to do table runners or placemats instead of the quilt if you like - or a great tote bag for your quilt meetings.

A wonderful, easy to piece Challenge quilt I made with fabrics from my stash and a pattern designed to share, this quilt will be a fun gift for a friend, family member or even to have on your own bed. Beginners skills are all that is required...straight sewing and you will receive the cutting directions in advance of the play date...workshop so that you come with all of the parts cut before you arrive at the Odessa Hall. If this one doesn't say "summer is coming" and "cottage country" I don't know another project that will!

and...




DAY TWO: Saturday - February 7, 2015 
FLAT DYEING
* brilliant original fabrics created in such a fun way
* all dye and auxiliary supplies furnished
*  you need white cotton/linen/silk fabrics, pre-washed 
* supplies list provided with paid registration
$50 class fee includes dyes and comprehensive handout


NOTES: All of the fabrics for my RED SKY AT NIGHT piece above are flat dyed using a palette of the red, blue and yellow primaries in Procion MX Dyes that will be available to you at the workshop. 

By pouring the dyes across your fabric, laid flat on the table in front of you and moving the dye with your gloved hands, you will create a beautiful palette of 'ombre' colours  that you can combine for your new work.

I can't tell you how much fun this is - and YES you can attend the workshop day and use the dyes to do shibori pole wrapped pieces, folded and painted pieces using the dyes available or just "dip dye" a great palette of gradations to be used in quilts or fibre art projects. Just play with the dyes to do whatever YOU want to do...screen printing, dye painted cards, scarves - your choice. (and yes, I will have print paste available for you to add dyes to for screen work/direct painting of fabric)


 and....



DAY THREE : Sunday, February 8, 2015
 "Free Form Collage"

* Create one great, original piece in small or large format
*use a combination of your stash fabrics, and be inspired by nature/a photo you love
* experiment with fusibles, free form cutting by hand and layering for effect
* more inspiration will come from a collection of your favourite cloth bits and threads
* experiment with  fused applique, layering sheers and machine stitching
* supplies list provided with paid registration
* $50 class fee includes handout full of tips


Inspiration for my new collage work comes from the 'Group of Seven'

SPECIAL WEEKEND PRICING: 
$120 for all three days

at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall
Odessa, ON
on Highway 6 in the Village
9:30 am - 5 pm
Brown Bag Lunch needed for all students
Break time treats and Coffee, tea and water provided

Registration is Open NOW

Please contact Bethany for your pdf Registration form

(or complete the registration form on the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON BLOG sidebar
 under CABIN FEVER WORKSHOPS)

http://fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca
 

Your cheque should be payable to HERITAGE QUILTWORKS  CANADA
and mailed to
Bethany Garner
3275 Orser Road
Elginburg, ON K0H1M0 

Hoping you can join me for a great weekend of play and that you will bring a friend or two and really make a weekend of it - stitching, designing, dyeing, painting with dyes...  COME PLAY!!!

Contact Bethany at: garner@kingston.net
 or fibreworkskingston@gmail.com


Monday, December 15, 2014

Special Greetings to our readers and friends across Canada and the US......


As the snows begin to fall and the winds pick up, do focus in on your home, your studio and all of the things you love the most.

Be kind and loving to your friends and family, and helpful to those who are might be in need of your assistance at this time of year. Remember those who are less fortunate and bring the blessing of your smile to those you meet along the way. Simple gifts.
   
As we head toward the new year, please know how much your ongoing support and encouragement mean in this quest to bring new Workshops, the very best of the best Instructors your way, and the opportunity to share techniques, new design options and the just plain fun of being together with like minded artist friends old and new.


Please do plan to join me at FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Workshops in the new year. All of the news is at our Blog:    


http://www.fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca  

Visit  the blog in the week between Christmas and New Years for the launch of our CABIN FEVER WORKSHOP WEEKEND News - scheduled for February 6-8, 2015... hope you will join us!

And Winter Term at St. Lawrence brings you "COLOUR - The Quilt Artists Way from January 15- April 2, 2015. Come Play!  details are at:   http:www.bethanygarner.blogspot.ca

Have a wonderful Christmas and a most blessed New Year!

Bethany

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kingston Fibre Artist Group member friends participate in a project to purchase a Rickshaw for a family in India....


Rickshaw purchased with the donation by KINGSTON FIBRE ARTIST GROUP friends

The magic of providing a chance for a job and a better life for a family was very exciting for our local Kingston Fibre Artists Group members who donated to a collection dedicated to purchasing a brand new rickshaw for a family man in Jaipur, India. Our donated dollars went to DANIELLE AIRD, a friend in fibre and textiles who travels to India each year to shop for supplies to bring back to Canada and sell in support of Calcutta Rescue Canada.

We love supporting Danielle and her personal projects and are thankful for her help in guiding us in our quest to participate in the Rickshaw purchase this year.

NOTE: This Rickshaw project was NOT sponsored by Calcutta Rescue, but indeed a worthy  initiative developed by Danielle Aird.
 
Here is her story....and the project is on hold by Danielle for now, but she may be able to encourage more friends to participate in the future.

Danielle is often at the Downtown Kingston Sunday Market on Market Square in the warmer months and you may contact her here: calcuttarescuecanada@gmail.com
 
The Letter below was received from Danielle on her return to Canada:
 
 
 
Dear friends who contributed to the rickshaws and blankets,
 
Attached below is a copy of the saga. I will work on a slide show to share with you soon.
 
Danielle Aird, Kingston, ON
 

The Rickshaw Story, November 2014

One morning, a few years ago, while visiting Jaipur, India, I hired a bicycle rickshaw man. Papu was such a pleasant, humble person that I hired him for the whole week. After 4 or 5 days, while he was pedalling, taking me to Johari Bazaar, I said to him: “Today, Papu, you will take me to a rickshaw maker.” He knew instantly what that meant. He turned around on his seat and touching his heart, said to me “My heart is so happy.” He took a minute to catch his breath and continued on to my destination. We ordered the rickshaw and Papu told me that he was illiterate but if I would write my name and my husband's name on a paper, he would have it painted on the back of the rickshaw. He was upset that I would not be around when it would be ready so I could be the first to ride in it. I visited his home, a room about 10 by 15 feet – one toilet in the building is shared by many many people. I met his wife and 2 of his 3 children.

Another year, my sister sponsored two rickshaws. Papu helped me find suitable recipients. One of the rickshaws was for her 5 grandsons' Christmas present. Their names were painted on the back. I met one of the families and I will never forget the smiles.

In November of this year, before leaving for India with friends Malka and Judy, I mentioned this to those of you on my emailing list and more than 10 people came forward wanting to donate rickshaws. I stopped at ten, realizing that this would be a huge task (I had expected that 2 or 3 would be interested). I contacted Laxman, a kind, compassionate friend in Jaipur and asked if he would know of any deserving persons to whom we could donate the rickshaws. He explained that in the area where he lived, there were no bicycle rickshaws but that he would ask around and try to find as many suitable persons as possible. He already knew of one person: the woman is a housecleaner in the neighbourhood and he felt she was a good woman and he enquired about her husband and found him to have an honest reputation. He wanted to make sure that no one would receive a rickshaw and turn around and sell it for drugs or such things.
 
The seven piece Rickshaw collection purchased in 2014 by Danielle and her friends


Kingston Fibre Artists Group Recipient and his wife
 

Upon arrival in Jaipur, I asked Papu if he knew anyone and he came up with two men from his neighbourhood. One problem I had not anticipated is that the men live in very different areas. I had thought they would all be in the same neighbourhood.

My friend Laxman (with the help of his brother Suresh) managed to find a total of 5 men. But Laxman works in a tourist shop 7 days a week from 10 am to 9 pm so it was not possible for him to do any legwork. Suresh, who works in more or less the same conditions, was fortunate to have a co-worker who would take his load on while Suresh drove me about side-saddle, without helmet, in the thick of traffic from one rickshaw man's house to another. It was wonderful but the whole time, I was aware that I must be imposing on this very kind man. Whenever I tried to apologize for causing such trouble, he would reply that this was his duty and that since I was coming to help some people, it was the least he could do.

They say the devil is in the details. That is true: to complicate matters, I was not feeling well at the beginning of the visit to Jaipur; then, Judy was sick... then, when we visited the first candidates, my camera's battery died (it is not the kind that is easy to replace) so Judy took some photos; Malka took some photos. Later, I was able to find a charger and to take photos myself. Meanwhile, I tried to keep details straight: names, some information when possible, who would get rickshaw #1, #2 and so forth... , there might be some mistakes with names and ages but I did my very best...

Laxman made numerous calls on his cellphone to coordinate the building of the rickshaws, asking all the right questions, making sure the frame would be such and such, the tires such and such, the rim such and such, that the price would include the painting of names on the back, tax... that they would be ready for delivery while I was still in India. He helped me get the best rate of exchange for the Canadian dollars. (They did end up costing $285. each but I am happy to pay the difference.) Then, he made sure each rickshaw man received a note attesting to ownership. He was invaluable. I could not have done it without him or his brother Suresh. I also could not have done it without Malka and Judy's incredible patience. They definitely have been plunged into the bowels of India during this trip.

Laxman informed us that there was a huge need for blankets and sleeping pads for destitute people. Three of the kingston families who had each donated funds for rickshaws agreed to have their funds allocated to this. Malka and I had fun (while poor Judy was recovering at the hotel) going to the factory depot into the innards or the bazaar to purchase the blankets and pads which we distributed mostly to leprosy patients. We sat in our motor rickshaw crushed under the huge mounds of blankets and drove off into the distance where we brought many smiles to beautiful faces. It was absolutely heart-warming to meet such cheerful people; they have fingers and toes missing; some are disfugured, and yet, they are the most joyful bunch of people; no self-pity there.
 
I had planned on having some really nice pictures with smart compositions, good lighting, etc... but time was of the essence and since I did not want to impose on Suresh, the photos are what they are !
I could go on; suffice to say that this was a wonderful experience and Malka, Judy and I have all of you to thank for it. I will work on a slide show and hopefully, I can share it with you soon.
Thank you all!
 
Danielle Aird
 
 
THIS IS A BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT for the Kingston Fibre Artists Group friends who shared in the donation to Danielle and her project for a rickshaw purchase ...all best wishes to Danielle and to Judy, Malka, Laxman, Papu and all of her friends worldwide. And especially to our Rickshaw Recipient and his family!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Please join me at St. Lawrence College in January 2015 for 12 fun-filled weeks of colour play and design work - quilt focused!

COLOUR THE QUILT ARTISTS WAY...
Bethany Garner Instructor,  January 15- April 2, 2015

REFUGE, Bethany Garner, hand painted with Procion dyes, thickened, mono-printed and free form drip dyed



Our 2015 Winter Term 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 traditional processes used for centuries to colour fabric. 

 Click here to register:  http://parttime.stlawrencecollege.ca/stlaw/course/course.aspx?C=80341&pc=2&mc=11&sc=233

Details:
Colour, the Quilt Artist's Way
Course Code: ARTS109Section: 860
Campus: KINGSTONInstructor: Bethany Garner
Date(s): 1/15/2015 - 4/2/2015.
Days of Week: Thursday evenings.   Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Fee: $246.24Additional Notes: 
$35 materials fee due at first class

Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of colouration materials throughout the 12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom.. In class paint and dye work as well as use of colour wheel studies and building on the use of your personal stash of fabrics at home will take a thoroughly modern path.  


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 an intense study of the MODERN QUILT movement including design and assembly techniques... with a goal toward 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: textiledesignslc@gmail.com

Friday, November 7, 2014

May this month be filled with the joy of making and really looking into and loving the art forms you choose as your own...

from Joann Sharpe's free form Lettering, as posted by Cherie Haas,
Online Editor to Cloth Paper Scissors Today Nov. 7, 2014
 

Just a reminder as you go into this slower and more stitch focused season of shorter days and LONG evenings for stitching and paint/dye/print 'making' to take your thoughts, talents and joy each day to the place in your life where you develop new ideas and take the studio focused action that all new, original work requires.
 
For me... it's taking weaving lessons and learning to bring the new "Fanny" floor loom (actually 14 years old) in my studio become a useful and enjoyable tool for all new art cloth.
 
Make ART be the focus ... visit exhibitions, shops, sales and meetings of your favourite groups/Guilds - all abundant in this month of November. Take time to visit websites/blogs of the artist friends you love and include them in your lives. Take a friend along on a day trip to see art, and be sure to say THANK YOU to someone who has been an inspiration to you or helped you out along the way.

Bethany

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists "18 - SQUARE" Exhibition at The Grange Gallery (Heritage Mississauga) - on now through January 25, 2015

 
18-SQUARE 
 Nov. 4th, 2015 to Jan. 23rd 2015.
"The Grange" Gallery Heritage Mississauga
1921 Dundas St. W.

Mississauga, ON  L5K 1R2
 
All new work from the Connection Fibre Artists

 
 
Show Information:


Gallery Telephone: 905-828-8411
Please note: The driveway and parking lot access is off of a side street - Sir John’s Homestead.


The gallery is located inside a heritage home, "The Grange"- situated on the north side of Dundas St W., between Mississauga Road and Erin Mills Parkway.
 
 


 
Gallery Hours:
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Closed Saturday & Sunday 
(open until 8:30 pm on select Tuesday evenings, but please call in advance to confirm)
 
Hoping you will visit the Gallery between now and January 25th.
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fibreworks Kingston welcomes LYNNE MORIN for her Lecture evening at St. Lawrence College... please join us!


Fibreworks Kingston WEEKEND WORKSHOPS Series invites you to join us for the evening Lecture with our visiting Guest Instructor ...

LYNNE MORIN
 Friday, November 7, 2014
Room 12040
St. Lawrence College
in the LINK Corridor, Upper Level, Administrative Wing
7-9 pm
Light Refreshments
Come enjoy Lynne's Trunk Show and Lecture
Several seats still available in our Design Focused Workshop Weekend.
contact: Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator
fibreworkskingston@gmail.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you are travelling to Oakville/Burlington for WORLD OF THREADS Festival or live in the area... please visit and enjoy CELEBRATE THE SEVEN...

Another opportunity to share the magic of the 'CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists' Exhibition "Celebrate the Seven" through November in Oakville, ON
JOSHUA CREEK HERITAGE ART CENTRE in Oakville will be featuring the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists Exhibition "Celebrate the Seven"during the month of November with the Opening November 2, 2014.

 
Upcoming Exhibition
Celebrate the Seven
October 31 - November 30
Opening Nov 2

Gallery Hours 

Tuesday through Sunday

1 pm to 4 pm

or by appointment


Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville, Ontario Canada L6H 7B2
(1 km East of Trafalgar Road)
 
 The art of The Group Of Seven is the central theme of this exhibition. 
 
The members of Connections Fibre Artists accepted the challenge to design and execute their own original art that reflects their individual research into the artists, the paintings and the styles of the Group of Seven. Although Tom Thompson died before the group formed, he was the inspiration for, and has always been considered a part of, the formation of The Group Of Seven.
 
Each member of Connections Fibre Artists has approached this theme from her or his own way ~ either inspired by their own memories of the Canadian landscape, by an emotional response to a particular Group of Seven artist/painting, or by some of the techniques and colour palettes used by these iconic Canadian artists.
 
The result is an exciting and intriguing exhibition celebrating the approach that Tom Thompson, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, F.A. Farley, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer and Franklin Carmichael 
took to develop an original Canadian art.
Connections Fibre Artists
The group was formed in 1999 by a small group of friends whose common bond was the love of stitching as an art form. Their focus was to promote awareness and enjoyment of fibre art through gallery shows. 
 
Their mandate was ‘Experience, Experimentation, Expression’. 
We combine our Experience with Experimentation to continue to develop and widen the boundaries of fibre art, creating original surfaces and Expressing our individual ideas and feelings in the process.
 
The CONNECTIONS Artists:
 
Wendy Anderson Breedveld, Sharron Begg, Penny Berens, Ralph Beney, Gordana Brelih, Bethany Garner, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Pat Hertzberg, Helen Hughes, Linda Janzen, Chris Kummer, Frankie Lemonde-Meunier, Elizabeth Duggan Litch, Hilary Rice, Sybil Rampen, Gail Rhynard, Ann Sanders, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith, Jacqueline Venus, Dwayne Wanner, Jennie Wood, Nancy Yule
 

Visit links to a video of the work in situ at Wellington County Museum in June 2014 here and art piece photos here 
 
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Join in the FUN at St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus, 4 evenings, November 5 - 26th!

Fabric painting, collage and assembly. Hand and machine stitch

 Innovation Studio 2: Find Your Creative Edge....  

As you learn a multitude of creative techniques for combining paint and collage, your focus will be on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process.

Learn to trust your inner art “voice” while exploring color and composition; free your artistic skills by facing your inner critic; and find your creative edge by pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. 

In these four evenings in the classroom working with print, creative collage with a variety of playful objects and painting we offer you: a greater confidence in your expressive capabilities; new skills and techniques for creating art that is your own; the courage to break through creative blocks; and a set of practices for keeping your creative skills honed. 

While experienced artists will benefit from this workshop, beginners are very welcome. The techniques involved are accessible, and everyone can work at their own level. 

Register at Student Services, St. Lawrence College, 613-544-5400, ext. 60

or online at www.SL.on.ca here

(Click on Part Time Studies, Kingston Campus, Arts, Fibre... )

Hope you will join me for four fun-filled Wednesday evenings where you will be able to create all new work on paper, canvas, fabric or another choice of medium YOU enjoy. Use this opportunity to be among friends and enjoying using our large and bright classroom to PAINT, PRINT and COLLAGE in anticipation of holiday gifting, upcoming exhibitions or just for fun!

Information: Bethany Garner, Instructor  textiledesignslc@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I entered the PRINTED FABRIC BEE Challenge, INSPIRATIONAL WORDS Giveaway and WON these beautiful pieces of art cloth!



 
How excited can one art quilter be than to have the chance to collect small pieces of amazing and wonderful art from some of the worlds most talented print enthusiasts and artists!
I entered the September Giveaway, and was very pleased when Lynda Heines emailed to say I had won! Hooray and I am blessed. 2014 has been a great year for collecting art.
(below notification from Lynda's blog here)
 

Inspirational Words Set Winner

Congratulations to Bethany Garner of Canada who is the lucky winner of this Inspirational Words set of fabric from The Printed Fabric Bee. Bethany said she has following our group since we started almost a year ago. I can hardly believe it's been a year! Time sure does fly.

Here are all but three of the pieces Bethany will be receiving soon. She'll also receive a little surprise from me. 
 
And my thanks...
 
(Lynda sent me a wonderful set of two terrific stencils for printing text with her inspirational words first included: PLAY, CREATE, LAUGH, DREAM, BELIEVE, and second stencil included: LOVE, GIVE, TRUST, DAYDREAM, and IMAGINE.) They will be used with great JOY... thanks so very much Lynda.
 
This has been an amazing way to connect with the artists in this Giveaway and I encourage each of you to connect with them as well... here is the link to the new October Giveaway (and YOUR chance to win a set of fabrics)...
 
URBAN SURFACES
 
 
 
Needless to say, 2014 has been an amazing year for collecting fabric from friends across the art quilt and print world. Earlier this year I collected pieces from a challenge proposed by VIRGINIA SPIEGEL... the JAVA Challenge in support of Lynn Krawczyk's new book "Intentional Printing".
 
Those pieces along with the new PRINTED FABRIC BEE prints that arrived in my mailbox today will be the basis for a wall art collection for my home studio. Each piece will be framed on a wrapped canvas and hung in the studio to remind me of the amazing world of fibre art and the many friends we are blessed to have if we put ourselves out there!!!
 
Again HOORAY and thanks to the Printed Fabric Bee Artists: Lesley Riley, Lisa Chin, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Carol Eaton, Lynn Krawczyk, Susan Purney Mark, Jackie Lams, Carol Booth and Gerrie Congdon with so many thanks to Lynda Heines for her many emails and mailing the package!!
 
THANK YOU - I am thrilled and honored to have your work in my collection.

Bethany

Monday, September 15, 2014

AN INVITATION to enjoy THREADWORKS "WATER" Exhibition Opening Reception at Arthur Child Heritage Museum in Gananoque, ON

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE WELCOME
THREADWORKS 2013 “WATER”
A JURIED NEEDLE ART EXHIBITION
OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
1 – 4 PM
AT THE
ARTHUR CHILD HERITAGE MUSEUM
COME, BE AMAZED & MEET SOME OF THE ARTISTS
REFRESHMENTS
PLEASE RSVP by SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
 
                      OPEN DAILY  10 – 4:30 PM    125 WATER STREET, GANANOQUE, ONTARIO    
 613-382-2535    ivillage@cogeco.net  
 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

FALL TERM COURSES START NEXT WEEK... will you be joining us???

ST. LAWRENCE COLLEGE - Kingston Campus

TEXTILE ART: History, Diversity and TECHNIQUES
Fall Term 2014, St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus  6-9 pm
Thursday evenings, September 18- December 4, 2014, Room 00060
BORO Textile, Japan 1909

SIX SEATS ARE FILLED - we need 10 to run this course... 
COME BE PART OF THE FUN!
So you see the Course title and think “Oh, no… a canned and dry history course”. ABSOLUTELY NOT! This 12-week independent study course is all about finding a focus for your new work in textile art.
Do you love the BORO Textiles created from found materials in Japan at the start of the 20th Century? The hugely diverse and colourful Indonesian hand stitched embroideries and woven foundation cloth? Have you studied the textile history of the countries your family originated from before immigrating to Canada? The world of textile is rich in history and this course will take you on a bit of a world tour decided by the student body as they join in at class each week. A 12 week world tour as we share personal ties to textiles we love and play with many diverse techniques in class! And, a “stash busting” opportunity for you.
Printmaking from Gell Plate, Netherlands 2009
Yes, there will be one great project required from each student! Your choice… and lots of experimentation with colouring cloth, threads and developing a modern take on laying stitch to cloth. Plan to be a part of the classroom fun, making new friends as you join our community of lovers of all things CLOTH! Hope to see returning students and many new to textile in the classroom this fall – traditions to love, passed along.

 ALSO in the line-up:

 Innovation Studio 1: Collage and the Monoprint   In this course, you will discover a whole new world of artistic possibility when you combine collage layering and monoprinting (the art of lifting original design using a gel plate) paint techniques! Layer your personal color palettes, patterns, and images to create richly textured works of art on paper and fabric. We will use two of the most versatile types of printing plates – gel plates and scratch foam – and ink them up with ordinary acrylic paints to create extraordinary art! The result will be a beautiful collection of fabrics and papers to use in your art quilt projects. Beginners are most welcome.

GENI 123 - Wednesday evenings Sept. 24- October 15th - 6-9 pm
Details here

AND...

 Innovation Studio 2: Find Your Creative Edge  

As you learn a multitude of creative techniques for combining paint and collage, your focus will be on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process. Learn to trust your inner art “voice” while exploring color and composition; free your artistic skills by facing your inner critic; and find your creative edge by pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. In these four evenings in the classroom working with print, creative collage with a variety of playful objects and painting we offer you: a greater confidence in your expressive capabilities; new skills and techniques for creating art that is your own; the courage to break through creative blocks; and a set of practices for keeping your creative skills honed. While experienced artists will benefit from this workshop, beginners are very welcome. The techniques involved are accessible, and everyone can work at their own level. 

GENI 124 - Wednesday evenings November 5-26th - 6- 9 pm
Details here




REGISTER by phone at 613-544-5400, ext 60 or online at www.SL.on.ca

Bethany Garner, Instructor textiledesignslc@gmail.com or garner@kingston.net


Instructor Biography:
Bethany Garner is a working Textile Artist and long term Instructor in the Textile Design Program at St. Lawrence College. With over 20 years of experience in the painting, dyeing and direct application of fabric embellishment/stitch, Bethany will guide the students to a new and confident start on their own studio based work to create contemporary textiles with an original and focused Fibre Art Foundation.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS GROUP Show and Sale is open for your enjoyment. JOIN US FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING, September 4, 2014 - 6:30-8:30 pm....

The fall "Inspiration and Exploration" Exhibition is up as of today, open for visitors... and it is wonderful!!
 
Please accept our invitation to join the members of the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Group as they share an evening Reception with their beautiful new ART, community friends and YOU! Come enjoy light refreshments and great conversation. Everyone welcome!

 
KINGSTON FRONTENAC PUBLIC LIBRARY
WILSON ROOM and Foyer Exhibition
2nd Level, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, ON
6:30-8:30 pm
 
or
Hoping to see you Saturday September 13, 2014
for our "ARTISTS WALK & TALK" at the Library from 2-4 pm. 
 
 
 
 
LIBRARY HOURS: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
 
(And yes, in case you were wondering, this is a Show and Sale with a wide selection of beautiful art being offered by the artists for addition to your collection).

If you are traveling from a distance, we suggest that you please call the Library to ensure that the Wilson Room will be available for your visit - we are lucky to have the room available for Kingston area groups and businesses to use as a rental from time to time... and do not want to disappoint you if driving in to see the show. Please do car pool and bring friends. Parking available on a "park and pay" basis in the surrounding neighborhood.
 
Phone: 613-549-8888, Email: publiclibrary@kfpl.ca
 
Directions available at: http://www.kfpl.ca/hours-and-locations
 

ONE SEAT HAS OPENED UP IN MAGGIE VANDERWEIT MEREDITH'S " WRAP AND RUST DYEING" WORKSHOP... September 19-21, 2014! Come Join us!!



WRAP AND RUST DYEING
with Maggie Vanderweit Meredith
Odessa Fairgrounds, Sept. 19-21, 2014
$150.00 

Due to a cancellation, we have one seat available in this very popular weekend workshop with the very much sought after Ontario Textile Artist and Dyer... 

Maggie will bring us a fun filled workshop focused on learning the steps  necessary to get started with creating beautiful natural cloth marked with the patterns and colours only nature can provide.

The workshop details are available at the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON blog: 
www.fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca

See the information about Maggie's workshop on the side bar of the blog - WORKSHOP #1 and find the registration form there as well.

If you are interested at all, please get the form printed and your cheque in the mail. You can email Bethany Garner, FIBREWORKS Kingston Coordinator/Registrar at fibreworkskingston@gmail.com.

Hope to see YOU the weekend of September 19-21, 2014 at the Odessa Fairgrounds for a fun-filled weekend of creating cloth!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Annual Show and Sale of new work opens August 29th... Come see!

           
                     Our next KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS SHOW is scheduled for                     
              August 29-September24, 2014
Opening Reception is September 4, 2014  6:30-8:30 pm

 Kingston and Frontenac Public Library
   Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
   613-549-8888
 We will be in both the Wilson Room and the Foyer!


Hoping you will join us for our upcoming Show and Sale of Fine Art -Textiles.

Artists Walk and Talk will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 which offers you a wonderful opportunity to meet our artists.

Friday, August 8, 2014

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON welcomes FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition, Sept 9-16, 2014 - please join us!

September 9, 2014 – September 16, 2014
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON
Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
This exhibition will display 124 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario from the following groups:
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA)
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts
Oakville Fibre Artists
Connections Fibre Artists
Group of Eight Fibre Artists
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Burlington Hooking Craft Guild
 
Admission is Free
 
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $5.

Summer Breezes, Bethany Garner
 
 
Get the full experience by purchasing a keepsake catalogue of all pieces with artist statement details and promotional discounts at local fabric, bead and wool stores.
 
 

The Jurors for Fibre Content 2014

 
Emma Quin
Executive Director
Ontario Crafts Council
Virginia Eichhorn
Director & Chief Curator
Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Sandra Dupret
Dean/Principal, Fleming College
Haliburton Campus
 
For more information http://www.fibrations.org/
Article Top Image: I Gotta Crow – Albert Cote