Sunday, April 17, 2011


For the SDABC website, click HERE.

The second instalment of our current exhibition the game: another take on the exquisite corpse, will soon open at FibreWorks Gallery in Pender Harbour (just a delightful ferry ride and drive north from Vancouver, on the Sunshine Coast).

If you missed the show when it was on at Leigh Square Community Arts Village, or you want to see it again, here’s your chance – come to the opening reception if you can. Why not get a group together and make it a day trip? There are plenty of delectable restaurants and cafes on the journey north where you could have lunch. And when have you seen art in yurts before?
the game: another take on the exquisite corpse
When: May 7 – June 12, 2011 
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 15, 2-4pm

Where: FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, 12887-12889 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madeira Park (north of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast), BC, 604-883-2380; e-mailwebsite

What: The inspiration for this exhibition comes from the 1920s Surrealist game, titled Exquisite Corpse or Cadavre Exquis: This is a game of folded paper which consists in having several people compose a phrase or drawing collectively, none of the participants having any idea of the nature of the preceding contribution(s). The now classic example, which gave its name to the game, is the first phrase obtained in this manner: “Le cadaver / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau” - The exquisite corpse shall drink the young wine. The exploration continues with this new manifestation, a gathering of works by BC and Yukon Members of the Surface Design Association who have exhilarated in happenstance and the imaginary. 

Who: Artists from BC and the Yukon (check on our website to see info on some of them) have contributed to this project, but also from Quebec, the UK, Holland and the US. Participating artists are:

Bonnie Adie, Shiela Alexandrovich, Anne Marie Andrishak, Kathleen Ainscough, Ros Aylmer, Kate Barber, Catherine Barr, Mary Bentley, Monica Brammer, Wendy Browne, Susan Cain, Cher Cartwright, Jennifer Cooper, Dorothy Cross, Pat Crucil, Jean Curry, Gina Dingwell, Cindy Do, Lyn Fabio, Robin Fischer, Kerr Grabowski, Anne Gregory, Hanna Haapasalo, Eleanor Hannan, Mariana Holbrook, Anni Hunt, Linda Ingham, Jean Kares, Laura Kemshall, Linda Kemshall, Jane Kenyon, Zoée Laporte, Jennifer Love, Wendy Mackinnon, Bettina Matzkuhn, Meshell Melvin, Linda Mitsui, Barb Mortell, Theshini Naicker, Catherine Nicholls, Julie Pongrac, Kayla Preston, Kaija Rautiainen, Morija Reeb, Brigitte Rice, Joanne Ryeburn, Linda Sharp, Michelle Sirois-Silver, Yvonne Stowell, Sandra Teixeira, Els van Baarle, Yvonne Wakabayashi, Krista Wilson, Deb Wyndham

Monday, April 11, 2011

FibreWorks Workshops and SDA Conference

Check out the website for SDABC

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, is offering the following workshops in May. Jackie Abrams is an amazing basketry artist and teacher from Vermont, who uses heavy, hand-painted paper (cut with a pasta cutter!)  to weave her exquisite structures – so the process is great fun for surface designers. Check out her website.

The workshop info is as follows:

May 12 – 14, 2011 – Paper! Colour! Hexagonal Weave Baskets with Jackie Abrams – Workshop. Create baskets inspired by an Asian technique, the openwork hexagonal weave. Experiment with the possibilities of form, size and colour design. Some basket experience is helpful but not essential. 

May 16-18, 2011 - (Re)Cover the Surface with Jackie Abrams – Workshop. A woven basket, a gourd or even a plastic bowl, can be altered by changing the surface.  It can be given a new skin of colour and texture by covering the surface with paper, fabrics, paints, mediums, beads and found objects. Explore materials and be surprised at what you discover.

Contact Yvonne at 604-883-2380 or email 

SDA Conference 

Every two years, the Surface Design Association holds a conference – this time it will be held from June 9 to June 12, 2011 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, with pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours. It seems we will have a large contingent of members from BC/Yukon attending so we hope to hear all about it on their return. It’s going to be an amazing lineup – this link will take you to the conference info.

Two of our members from BC will be featured there with solo exhibitions:

Jane Kenyon, Transformation, Joan Mondale Gallery, Textile Center, June 8  - July 16, 2011.
Jane’s website. Her work Fracture is shown in the image above. 

Vernal Bogren Swift, In the Garden, American Association of Woodturners Gallery, March 1 - June 26, 2011. 
Her work This is Breathing is shown above.

And of course many of our members have submitted work to the members' show, Merge and Flow.

I’ve attended the SDA conference twice before and found it incredibly inspiring – mind-blowing exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and panel discussions, the temptations of a trunk show and a vendors’ market, and many wonderful opportunities for networking with fellow fibre artists. You won’t regret it if you decide to attend.