Thursday, November 17, 2011


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November 18 + 19 + 20, 2011

The 15th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl - a free 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue in Vancouver, Canada.

For more info and maps, see their website

The following SDA members are participating this year:

One of Mariana's resist-dyed scarves

Mariana Frochtengarten

Julie Pongrac
Her website
Glacier's Edge Shawl by Julie Pongra

Julie Pongrac

Julie is one of the artists featured in an article about the Crawl in the Vancouver Sun - click here to read it.

Michelle Sirois-Silver
Her website
Michelle has sent this info:
You may have seen my work at the FibreWorks and BC Craft Council galleries this summer as well as an ongoing exhibition of my work at VanCity (@ Robson & Denman) that runs until January. I'm currently working on design concepts for a solo show at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in 2012. While you're out crawling come by the studio, see the new works, and have a little conversation and refreshment. My studio is a little off the beaten path but close to most of the venues especially the William Clark Studios and the Old Foundry Building. It's easily accessed from the back of the building and I'm fortunate to be able to offer wheelchair access. 

Studio Location:  #201-1610 Clark Drive (btwn Graveley & 1 Ave E)

Detail of Michelle's work

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


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The Vancouver Island SDA group (VISDA) has a new exhibition opening soon: 
Fibres @ the Hill; Nov 2-28, 2011 (open daily 10-5) at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria, BC. The opening reception is on Nov 4th from 6-8pm.

Pat Crucil's exhibition of New Work opened at FibreWorks Gallery in Pender Harbour on Sept 25, 2011, and there were many people in attendance. We were celebrating not only the wonderful body of work that she has created in the last 18 months, and her contributions to the fibre arts world over the last 25 years, but also her 75th birthday. Here she is blowing out the candles on her three birthday cakes - yes, there were 75 candles! Pat's website. See her work also on the FibreWorks website.
Serenity by Pat Crucil

Other events in the Vancouver area of BC at the moment:

On October 7th, URBANITY on Granville St. South, opened an exhibition in the store showing the work of 12 national and international felt-makers, under the title -- 
12 Textile Artists “Felt Amazing” in Vancouver.  The show is over now but Julia still has some items in the store. Here is the list of artists involved:
Breanna Rockstad-Kincaid | Tennessee |
Charlotte Buch | Denmark |
Claudia Rosillo | Uruguay |
Dagmar Binder | Germany|
She Felt | Vancouver |
Karin Wagner | Switzerland |
Lauri Chambers | Washington |
Lisa Klakulak | North Carolina |
Marjolein Dallinga | Quebec |
Sandra Loeffelman | Washington |
Sarah Fox | Oregon |
Torill Haugsvaer Wilberg | Norway |

Jori Johnson exhibition at The Silk Weaving Studio:
The Maiwa Symposium on Granville Island included a lecture, workshop, and exhibition of Jori Johnson’s fabulous felt work at the Silk Weaving Studio, also on Granville Island. This is on until mid November and is really worth seeing. Jori's website.

Friday, September 23, 2011


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It's over now, but the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, featured work by many SDA members, as well as others, in the Through the Looking Glass exhibition recently. Following are some pics:

Above to right: Garment by Ros Aylmer
Apologies - I didn't make it to the show, so can't identify most of the pieces.

Above: Bonnie Adie's book, Alice's Journal;
Quilt by Catherine Nicholls.
A looking glass (mirror) is hung
on the wall so you can read
the words in the quilt.

Ros & Catherine being photographed
for North Shore News article

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Final showing of The Game: Another Take on the Exquisite Corpse

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The final installment of The Game: Another Take on the Exquisite Corpse, opened at Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 30th. It runs until September 5th, 2011. Check out our website for an explanation of the concept behind this exhibition. These works were all created by BC and Yukon members of the SDA, and invited friends. Each piece combines the work of three artists.

Below pic shows members of the exhibition committee who attended the opening: Catherine Nicholls, Ros Aylmer, Brigitte Rice and Jennifer Love.

The Exquisite Corpses always spark animated conversation and have been a great hit with the general public - who were given a chance to create their own pieces in Play the Game, next door to the exhibition.
Playing the Game at SAG
Play the Game results from the Leigh Square Community Arts Village show
The BC SDA would like to thank the staff of all three venues for this exhibition: the Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam, FibreWorks Gallery in Pender Harbour, and the Seymour Art Gallery. Their enthusiastic support has been much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

SHIFT: Michelle Sirois-Silver at Crafthouse Gallery

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Michelle Sirois-Silver's exhibition Shift, opened at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, on Thursday, July 21, 2011. It continues until September 1st. By all accounts the opening reception was very well attended and I`m sure there were fascinating discussions about the concept behind the show as well as Michelle`s beautiful work.

Bettina, Michelle & Eleanor
From the curatorial essay that Bettina Matzkuhn wrote for the exhibition :

If a rug is not on the floor is it still a rug? If it has been altered materially, so it will not stand up to wear, what shall we call it? If a perfectly serviceable hooked rug is framed behind glass, how does it function? Michelle Sirois-Silver has used her skill in the traditional folk art practice of rug hooking to make these handsome works; she has used strategies from contemporary art theory to force these questions. The rugs on the wall might still be rugs, they have simply been presented differently for us to admire their textured and graphic power.

` “Hit and Miss” is a stream-of-consciousness way to use up short bits of fabric. Bright and subtle line up in short clips, like words in text, to create run-on sentences... Sirois-Silver has mounted a large, vibrant ‘hit and miss’ rug on a white card backing, and framed it in a shallow shadowbox behind glass.

Daniel Bush inspecting Large Squares

Tufted (detail below left)

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Monday, July 11, 2011


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SDA member Pat Crucil is an art quilter who lives in Sechelt, BC, on the Sunshine Coast.

Her wonderful art quilts are being featured in two exhibitions this summer and fall.


Her solo retrospective exhibition will be shown at Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam from Aug 5 to Sept 19, 2011.  The two images below and left show work done prior to 2010.

Pat at the opening of her solo exhibition at FibreWorks Gallery
 in Pender Harbour in 2008, with her Pathways 2

Study in Black & White 
FibreWorks Gallery
in Pender Harbour
will feature her more recent work (2010/2011),
from Sept 24 to Oct 30, 2011.
The opening reception is Sat, Sept 24 from 2-4pm. 

Pat's website
FibreWorks' website
Leigh Square's website

Pat’s fabric is all hand-dyed and printed, and then heavily quilted. In these new works, Pat has used Deconstructed Screenprinting extensively (a technique first created by artist/teacher Kerr Grabowski). It is a method that is full of surprises and Pat has utilized these unique prints to great effect. The spare elegance of her gameboard series (of which Serenity is one), reflects her background in, and passion for painting.

Here (right) is a detail of her piece, Spring Study.
Pat has long been an advocate for contemporary quilt art. She is an artist, teacher, juror and mentor, and was a founding member of both the Fibre Art Network (FAN) and the Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild. She acts as co-coordinator of the Sunshine Coast SDA group.

This is just a taste of what you will see at the exhibitions.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


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Jane Kenyon attended the recent SDA conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has sent these images to share with you.

Jane's solo exhibition, Transformation, was one of the SDA sponsored shows, and is on at the Joan Mondale Gallery, Textile Center, Minneapolis, from June 8 to July 16, 2011. Jane's website. Here are some pics from the show.

Jane is going to give us an informal presentation about the conference at the November meeting of the Vancouver SDA group, so we'll have a chance then to see some close up images of her spectacular work. 

By all accounts it was a very impressive show.

As was this one: Vernal Bogren-Swift (from Haida Gwaii), also had a solo exhibition, In the Garden of Earthquakes, at the conference. AAW Gallery of Wood Art, Landmark Center, St. Paul, Minn. Through June 26, 2011. Here is some of her amazing work:

Detail below: 

SDA members from Canada got together and discussed the Canadian presence within SDA and how we might achieve a higher profile (at least that is how I understand it). It's possible that a Canadian conference or other event may come out of this...

The image above shows some of the work in the Members' Show - the work on the right is by Barbara McCaffrey.

Julie Pongrac's beautiful shawl/scarf was selected for the Fashion Show:

The following three images are from India Flint's exhibition.

The following images are from Erica Spitzer Rasmussen's exhibition:

For more images and info on the conference exhibitions, you might like to look at Deidre Adams' blog. It includes LOTS of great pics and interesting details about the shows.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


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Last weekend I went to the opening reception at FibreWorks Gallery in Pender Harbour, for the show No Floors Required - works by Michelle Sirois-Silver and Rachelle LeBlanc. There was a good crowd (great to see some Surface Designers from Vancouver attending) and the works are quite stunning.  The show continues until July 31. 

Right are Michelle (right) and Rachelle (who hails from Edmonton) taking a break after installing the show.

Rachelle will offer a workshop at FibreWorks, The Artistry of Rug Hooking People: July 28-31. 
Left is one of her works from the exhibition.

Above are Michelle and Yvonne Stowell (owner of the gallery) with some of Michelle's work behind and in the foreground.

An installation view.

Detail shots of Michelle's work.