Friday, April 23, 2010

Surface Design Events in BC for May, June, July 2010 and beyond

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The last Vancouver Surface Design meeting took place on February 8th, 2010, hosted at the home of Michelle Sirois-Silver in Vancouver. Aside from a discussion of our Exquisite Corpse project and exhibition (which is planned for fall of 2010), we enjoyed a low-key evening of show-and-tell and discussion of upcoming events. Next meeting will be at the home of Catherine Nicholls in West Vancouver on Monday May 3rd at 7pm. As this will be our pre-summer-break meeting, it was also be our annual pot luck supper. The theme of the meeting will be design/sketch/inspiration/journal books that you use in your design process. Contact Jennifer Love for info about meetings and/or Call for Entry for the Exquisite Corpse show.

Vancouver Island Surface Design (including members from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) also meets on a regular basis. They are planning an exhibition, “Current Threads,” at the Ladysmith Art Gallery, for the month of August, 2010. Please contact Susan Purney-Mark for more info.

The last Sunshine Coast Surface Design meeting took place Feb 3rd at Jennifer Love’s new studio, Foxglove Studio Two, in Pender Harbour. The next meeting will be held at the home of Connie Chapman early in May 4th. Her info: 5469 Julman Rd., West Sechelt, 604-885-7332.  Contact Jennifer Love for info.

KUDOS to some of our Members:

Ulrieke Benner will be participating in the "Inside Out - Fiber Art for the Human Form" exhibition at the Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery from June 4th through July 10th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Anni Hunt has had a piece accepted in the show "The Climate is Changing" in Prato Italy in May. by the International Felters Association. Opening: Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum), Prato, Italy on May 7, 2010. The opening will coincide with the IFA AGM and conference, details of which can be found on the IFA website

Katherine Soucie, will be previewing a selection from her latest Sans Soucie collection entitled, Vanitas II, in the upcoming Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week. Website: Katherine’s website:

Terri Bibby, Katherine Soucie, Ulrieke Benner, Julia Manitius, Ros Aylmer, Yvonne Wakabayashi, Kristin Rohr and Anni Hunt have all been featured in the recent international Quayside publication, 1000 Artisan Textiles due to be released in May 2010.

Cher Cartwright
Cher Cartwright’s quilt, “On the Other Hand,” will be exhibited in the upcoming Art Quilt Elements 2010 (previously known as ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick) which is now a biennial juried exhibition celebrating its ninth show. The exhibition will be held at the Wyane Art Center, outside of Philadelphia, PA, from April 17 to May 19, 2010. The jurors, Jason Pollen, Robin Schwalb and Deborah C. Warner, chose 50 quilts from the 606 entered. For more info about AQE:

Linda Wallace
July 1 – August 22, 2010: Linda Wallace is one of six artists (Tapestry 3-2-1) whose work will be featured in “Dialogues: Tapestry and Human/Nature: An exploration by artists from New Mexico, Canada and Australia,” at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. “Threadbare,” is one of her ten pieces that will be exhibited there. This show is being held in conjunction with HGA's Convergence 2010.

Linda has had two of her combined tapestry and embroidery pieces accepted into the American Tapestry Biennial 8, at the Elder Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept 20 - Nov 15, 2010. This event will be held during meetings of the Textile Society of America – for more information about the TSA meetings see: Textile Society of America. She is also exhibiting in ATA's small format exhibition in a gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe. And her work will be featured (with that of an Australian tapestry artist who is part of Tapestry 3-2-1) in an upcoming issue of Fiberarts – more on that later. To see more images of Linda’s work see this website: American Tapestry Alliance

Alison Kobylnyk has won 2nd prize for her artwork "Green Peace" in the CACGV LOOK 2010 show in Victoria. (Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria). Alison's website

Eileen Wheeler has an article being published in the March/April issue of PieceWork, entitled “Knitting for Survival: Anna Samens and Her Knitting Machine”. Based on research for her 2005 MA thesis at UBC, which explored textile stories as a means to enhance women’s history, it outlines how textile skills and business acumen were empowering to a WW II Latvian/Canadian refugee.

Gloria Daly's quilt “Polvs Arcticvs (North Pole)” will be shown along with 28 other quilts, in the exhibit O, CANADA, initially at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago and then at various IQF and Quilt Market shows. This piece was originally designed for the Opera Frobisher performed in Calgary AB.

Catherine Nicholls has an article coming out in the March /April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. And her quilt "Sedna" has been included in 500 Art Quilts a recent publication by Lark Books. This book, juried by Karey Bresenhan, showcases the work of 363 fabulous contemporary quilters. ISBN: 978-1-60059-058-0. Website: Lark Books.

Lesley Richmond has recently completed five pieces for a new ship which is being built for Celebrity Cruise Lines. The piece is 42"x 42" and called 'Leaf Cloth Dance'.


April 03 – May 02:
Exhibition: “Ursula’s Collection” – work by Ursula Bentz at Fibre Works gallery.  Collection of wearables and accessories using silk fusion, recycled natural and man-made materials. Ursula’s websiteMore info email or call Fibre Works Gallery 604-883-2380

Sat, May 1st & Sun, May 2nd, 2010:
Gordon Head Studio Tour, Victoria, BC; 11am to 4pm
Two SDA fibre artists participating are : Judi MacLeod & Alison Kobylnyk
Brochures with maps are available at Recreation Centers and local businesses. For maps or more info see website , or call Judi at 472-2429. Alison at 721-3118, Ester at 658-4523

May 8-June 13, 2010:
“Textiles: Waxworks” by Els van Baarle from the Netherlands. Opening reception: Sat, May 08, 2-4pm. More info email or call Fibre Works Gallery 604-883-2380

May 15, 2010:
“Bull Kelp Baskets”: Workshop with Joanne Waters. More info email or call Fibre Works Gallery 604-883-2380

May 17 to 23, 2010:
“Interlacement - a Fibre Symposium.” The Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild is turning 75 in 2010. Interlacement will feature Workshops and Lectures with BC and International Fibre Artists at Capilano University, North Vancouver. Full details: GVWSG Website

June 2010:
The Silk Weaving Studio and Maiwa Handprints are excited to present:
Angelina DeAntonis of Ocelot, San Francisco for 3 special events in June 2010: an exhibition, fashion show and workshop. These will be "not-to-be-missed" events for anyone who loves surface design and/or fashion. See for details.

June 12-25, 2010:
Victoria FibreFest. See their website

June 18, 19 & 20, 2010:
Workshop organized by Art You Wear (Ulrieke Benner) on Saltspring Island: “Contemporary Surface Design in Wax & Colour,” featuring Els van Baarle, Netherlands. Fees: $495 (plus GST) and minimal materials fee. For details and registration information: ph. 250-537-1723; fax 250-537-1724; Ulrieke's website

Aug 19-21:
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival. See the Website

The following events are all happening at FibreWorks Gallery/Studio/Workshop in Pender Harbour. 
For more info email or call Fibre Works Gallery 604-883-2380

June 21 - Aug 01, 2010
 – “Thr3fold” – second North American exhibit, at FibreWorks Gallery/Studio in Pender Harbour. Opening Reception – “Meet the Artists” – Linda & Laura Kemshell & Catherine Nicholls: Monday, June 21, 2-4 p.m. This will also be the release of Vol. #5 of Thr3fold Journals – bring all your Journals for artist autographs. thr3fold website

June 24-26, 2010:
“Mixed Media: Wax on Paper & Fabric.” Workshop with Els van Baarle from the Netherlands.

July 14-16, 2010:
“Imagination.” Workshop with Catherine Nicholls – how to create your own designs from chosen images or sources of info.

Aug 05-06, 2010:
“Drawn to Pen & Ink.” Workshop with Catherine Nicholls – Easy steps to turn your own images into drawings on fabric.

Aug 07 – Sept 12, 2010:
“Synthesis” – Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA). At FibreWorks Gallery/Studio in Pender Harbour. Contemporary art quilts. Opening reception: Sat, Aug 07, 2-4pm SAQA website.

Aug 28, 2010:
“Bull Kelp Baskets”: Workshop with Joanne Waters.

Sept 18-Nov 07, 2010 :
“Surface Design: Alaska” Work by members of the Surface Design Association in Alaska.
Opening reception: Sat Sept 18, 2-4pm.

Fall, 2010: Maiwa Handprints will hold a number of workshops in their annual fall workshop series, including one just announced with Jean Cacicedo – for more info check their website: