Sunday, March 14, 2010

Surface Design Events in BC for March, April, May 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 on Wed, April 7th at noon. Her info: 5469 Julman Rd., West Sechelt, 604-885-7332. Contact Jennifer for info.

KUDOS to some of our Members:

July 1 – August 22, 2010: Linda Wallace, an SDA member living on Vancouver Island, 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. See image of “Threadbare,” 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 the American Tapestry Alliance website.

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.  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'.


Jan. 14 - April 11, 2010: The Craft Council of British Columbia presents "Art of Craft: Canada. BC. Korea," an exhibition in three parts, including "By Hand: BC and Yukon," a juried exhibition of fine craft by BC and Yukon artisans. Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver; Work by the following BC and Yukon SDA members is included: Yvonne Wakabayashi, Lyn Fabio, Cher Cartwright, Hanna Haapasalo, Angelika Werth, Jane Kenyon, AnneMarie Andrishak, Kaija Rautiainen, Michelle Sirois-Silver, Yoriko Oki.

Jan 21 - March 21, 2010: "Sport Re-imagined," a group exhibition showcasing artists whose work challenges, re-imagines and reinterprets sport and the paraphernalia and constructs that surround it. Includes work by BC SDA member Angelika Werth. Leigh Square Community Arts Village, (the image is from Angelika Werth's collection)

Jan 23 – April 4, 2010: “Quilt of Belonging,” a 120 foot long Fibre Art Tapestry that is going to be on exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery during the Vancouver Olympics. 13750-88th Avenue, Surrey,BC.

Jan 23 - April 4, 2010: Ruth Scheuing: "Silkroads," examining the myth and metaphor of the Silkroad. Artist's talk: Sat, Feb 13, 2pm. Surrey Art Gallery. 13750- 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC,

Feb 5 - March 21 2010: 2010 Wearable Art Exhibition, Port Moody, City of the Arts.
This is a new and retrospective exhibition as part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad.
Displays are at various venues throughout Port Moody and Coquitlam with the major part at the Port Moody Art Centre at St John Street. For more info go to the Website

Feltmaking courses with Ulrieke Benner - Art You Wear in Felt and Silk
March 24 - Open Feltmaking Lab
April 15,16 - Experiments with Elastic Structures in Felt
April 18 - Open Feltmaking Lab
For details and registration information: ph. 250-537-1723; fax 250-537-1724; Ulrieke's website; Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1N4

March 29 – April 9, 2010: “Fibre in the Forest” - VGFA 40th Anniversary Retreat.
THE VANCOUVER GUILD OF FIBRE ARTS will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2010 with a fibre retreat in the beautiful forests of Loon Lake Camp, B.C. The two week retreat will offer workshops in surface design, draping for sewing, lace knitting, collage, quilting, mark making on cloth, book making, doll making – to name a few – as well as areas for self directed work. Nancy Crow will be one of the instructors. Registration, class lists and calendar are posted on their Website.   Questions: Anne Love 604 922 3033.

March 29 – April 2, 2010, 9am-4pm: Martha Cole workshop: “The Painted Book for Fabric Artists,” Advanced level. For full description visit Martha's Website; look under Book Arts – The Painted Book and under Portfolios, Artists Books for examples of this work. Workshop fee: $450.00, includes lunch/snacks, tea & coffee for full week. Non-refundable deposit of $100. Workshop to be held at Studio G Art, 7298 Somenos Rd., Duncan, BC V9L 5Z9. Cowichan Valley Inn Best Western (250-748-2722) is located 5 mins from Studio G Art and will honor a corporate discount rate. To register contact Gloria Daly.

April 03 – May 02: Exhibition: “Ursula’s Collection” – work by Ursula Bentz. Collection of wearables and accessories using silk fusion, recycled natural and man-made materials. Opening Reception – Saturday, April 03, 2– 4 pm. This is also the ArtWave weekend for Pender Harbour. Ursula’s website.
More info: 604-883-2380 or e-mail  FibreWorks website

April 10, 2010 9:30 - 3:30: Saori Clothing Design Workshop at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC -
This will be a demo and interactive class of discussion and possibilities to inspire your creativity with one-of-a-kind clothing. You will have a chance to make a Saori-embellished T-shirt and perhaps more. All levels of experience accommodated. Contact Knotty by Nature  to register and for supplies list.

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 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 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
More info: 604-883-2380 or e-mail Fibre Works website

Aug 04 – Oct 31, 2010 – “Synthesis” – Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA). At FibreWorks Gallery/Studio in Pender Harbour. Contemporary art quilts. SAQA website
More info: 604-883-2380 or e-mail  Fibre Works website

March/April, 2011 – Hilary Rice – “ Landscapes of  the Soul” BC fibre artist At FibreWorks Gallery/Studio in Pender Harbour.   For more info: call 604-883-2380 or e-mail to register.  FibreWorks website