Thursday, April 28, 2016

Please try to attend as the 'Celebrate the Seven' Exhibition of works by the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists opens at Homer Watson House in Kitchener... you will love this show!!

Connections Fibre Artists are very pleased to have our show 
'Celebrate The Seven' continue its tour.

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Homer Watson House & Gallery
2-4 pm

Homer Watson House and Gallery,
1754 Old Mill Rd, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
  Phone:(519) 748-4377





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shared today at SAQA.com and some terrific NEWS - you can have a peek at all of the wonderful quilts in two great My Corner of the World slideshows! Enjoy... see you in STRATFORD in May!

My Corner of the World

Diane Eastham (Ontario) – Arctic Sea Change
My Corner of the World is our first major SAQA exhibition to visit Canada AND our first non-US museum venue! It will be debuting at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario on May 21st along with the Canadian My Corner of the World exhibition.

In total, over 80 pieces of beautiful artwork will be on display, juried by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Manager of Collections and Exhibits at the museum. Incoming SAQA President Lisa Ellis will be speaking at the opening reception (1-3pm) and we hope many of our SAQA members can join her!

If you aren't able to attend (or just can't wait), please enjoy these slideshows of the artwork, a feature we include on many of our current exhibitions:



Note: there is a little "blurp" at SAQA's website, but the all Canada Slideshow works beautifully!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Registration is open for a brilliant weekend of design play with the renowned Ottawa Fibre Artist, KAREN GOETZINGER as she returns to Fibreworks Kingston May 13-15th

RECIPE & INGREDIENTS FOR BRILLIANT DESIGN

Karen Goetzinger

Collage developed , including student work, by Karen Goetzinger
RECIPE & INGREDIENTS FOR BRILLIANT DESIGN
MAY 13-15, 2016
St. Lawrence College
Room 00060
Lecture, Friday Evening May 13th
Workshop Fee $125
This workshop removes the mystery and brings practical clarity to the principles and elements of design. Learn the principles that are the foundation and the language of good design by experimenting with each of the elements during 2 days of exercises on paper, fabric and in stitch. 
Through these studies you will learn to understand how the
principles interact with the elements of design in creating successful compositions and how they relate to your own fibre art practice.


 Expect great results in designing all new work for your personal Studio practice during this all new, exciting workshop weekend with Karen. Plan to experiment with design play techniques you have always wanted to explore, and enjoy working through Karen's assignments as you develop a new confidence as you design exciting pieces for your 2016 personal and exhibition work.


Whether an experienced designer or beginning your adventure with original design, Karen's years of successful development of all new work for her own collections will surely provide a great foundation for your continuing studio work.

Plan to ask lots of questions, bring your own design dreams to paper and stitch and be prepared to share in an exciting workshop weekend with like minded fibre professionals.

More of Karen's beautiful designs - please visit her website for more information and images...

And the FW Registration Form is at www.fibreworkskingston.blogspot.ca, on the right sidebar! Hope you will plan to make Kingston your destination for the weekend of May 13-15, 2016!








Known for her finely detailed mixed media textile constructions that are influenced by her roots in quilt making, couture construction, and her life-long passion for the urban landscape and architecture, Karen Goetzinger captures urban life through the perspective of treasured but fading memories. Using painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, she sketches, with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes on individual memory. Each artwork is intentionally without figurative elements thereby allowing the viewer to become the city’s human element, in solitary interaction with the landscape and their personal narratives and fleeting memories.


Please join us for the Workshop Weekend  May 13-15, 2016 at St. Lawrence College... Hope to see you and don't forget Karen's Lecture and Sharing of her beautiful work Friday evening, May 13, 2016, Room 12040 on the Upper Level at St. Lawrence College 7-9 pm.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lecture and Trunk Show with LORRAINE ROY, Friday evening, April 22, 2016 at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON, 7-9 pm

LORRIANE ROY, renowned Ontario Artist, sought after Instructor and friend to fibre arts enthusiasts across Canada arrives in Kingston, Friday April 22, 2016... do plan to join us for a wonderful evening lecture and the sharing of Lorraine's beautiful fibre art as we welcome Lorraine and her husband to Kingston...

MULBERRY SPRING, LORRAINE ROY
As spring takes us all to those special vistas we love about life along the water in Kingston, LORRAINE ROY arrives to share her much sought after and anticipated 'TREE OF LIFE" workshop with students in our FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Weekend Workshops Series #3 the weekend of April 22-24th.

'TREE OF LIFE' with Lorraine Roy
April 22-24th
St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouh Ave. 
Kingston, ON
  
Friday evening Lecture
 Room 12040, 
Administrative Wing, in the Link Corridor
7-9 pm ....Everyone welcome!

Parking: Use Door E12 at Rear of Technology Building facing Country Club Drive
Campus Map from Google here:

Campus Buildings Map here: 

 
Please mark your calendar and help us welcome our Fibreworks Kingston Instructor, LORRAINE ROY to Kingston.

Sharing time with an artist that has taken a lifetime to perfect her personal style and develop a well recognized voice is a precious gift. Our  Fibreworks Weekend Workshop students will experience a joy in the design process offered rarely now, and we anticipate that this workshop will include a very special gathering of like-minded, eager students, many coming from a distance to enjoy this time with their very much sought after Master Design Instructor.

Spring in Kingston, ON - along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River corridor is indeed special. The water, the rocks, the land forms and the light - especially the light will give way to new insight and appreciation for the surroundings offered as inspiration. Our workshop students will have the chance to explore hands-on textile arts exploration in this classroom in all new ways. Their multi-talented artist Instructor will lay out the plan for weekend design play, creativity in cloth and stitch, and her students will be challenged to create their own small masterpieces in this very special shared art form.

Fertile Ground #20
FERTILE GROUND #20, LORRAINE ROY


Few life forms have inspired as many mythologies and legends as our giant companions, the trees. As the oldest living creatures on this planet, they bring to mind security, shelter, and connections to our past. Most cultures, ancient and modern, feature trees prominently in their stories. 

As individuals, we often form strong personal connections with particular species based on our memories and experiences. In this workshop, we will examine all aspects of the tree from the scientific to the flight of fancy, and create designs that reflect our personal relationships with them.

Spring Fields #2
SPRING FIELDS #2, LORRAINE ROY
Lorraine  will share with her students her background collage techniques that will complement the design process. Students will come with their favourite tree in mind, and examine it from a number of angles to help develop your personal vision and to supply inspiration for many future projects.

and

While heading to Kingston, plan to come early and visit the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Show and Sale "A STITCH IN TIME" at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning - 370 King St. just east of the lights at Sir John A. MacDonald and King St.

The Show is in the Community Gallery, lower level just steps from the waterfront. (Try the Juniper Café for an afternoon light dinner til 5 pm.)

The Show runs through April 30th.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

COLOUR VIE Studio Artist Gunnel Hag welcomes you to join her for this weekend's "Guerrila Screen Printing on Fabric" Workshop in Toronto...


Hello Fabric Printers!

Have you always wanted to print your own fabrics? 
Interested in home decorating, quilting or fashion? 
If you want to print your own images on just about any fabric, 
the “Guerilla Screen Printing on Fabric” workshop 
on April 16 to 17 is for you! 

You will learn how to create simple motifs as well as designs 
with fine and detailed imagery, which you will use to make 
a silk screen. Your silk screen can then be used to print single images 
or be repeated over and over to print your own unique yardage.

In this intensive two-day screen printing workshop I will take you 
from the basics to photo emulsion screens in a fun and inspiring 
weekend. This is your opportunity to create personal printed 
statements on fabric that you can use in your textile projects!

Workshop includes Colour Vie pigments, acetates and emulsion 
used in class, and one silk screen - yours to take home after 
the workshop.  $220

For detailed information about this and other workshops as well as
photographs of fabrics created at the studio please visit: 

To reserve your space simply e-mail me at colorvie@istar.ca 
or call me at 416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Please plan to join the Artists and Organizers of THREADWORKS 2016 at their Opening Reception, Sunday April 17, 2016 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives

Artwork by Micaela Fitzsimmons

THREADWORKS

April 17-May 29, 2016 

Wellington County Museum and Archives

Opening : April 17th, 2:00 pm

Please join us at the opening reception on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Threadworks returns for its final year at Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) with this year’s theme, ‘Flashback’. Organized by the Threadworks Committee, you will not want to miss this spectacular display, showcasing a delightful variety of fibre art from across Canada.
The mandate of Threadworks has been to mount, every three years, a juried exhibition of exceptional creative needlework stitched by artists from across Canada. Since its inception in 1987, Threadworks has been sponsored by the Wellington County Museum and Archives. After an inaugural exhibition at the WCMA, the show travels the Province of Ontario for up to three years and is exhibited in many museums and galleries.

The 2016 entries are now closed. 
A big thank you to all the artists who submitted their work! This exhibition promises to be truly beautiful and representative of the talent of Canadian Artists from provinces across this great country.
image of Wellington County Museum and Archives 
Directions, How to Get Here
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map
  • Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • Victoria Day, Monday, May 23 - Closed.
  • Combine your visit to the Museum with a weekend or day trip to Fergus or Elora. Click here for local tourism information http://elorafergus.ca/
Admission Fees:    General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation
 The 2016 theme for the artwork submitted was FLASHBACK

What does that word bring to your imagination? Just how far back does it take you? Whether it’s to your own youth, your Grandmother’s time or pre-history, anything other than this minute or tomorrow qualifies. Here are a few suggestions: Fashion, Art Deco, Architecture, Environment/Nature/Fossils, Summer Camp, Holidays, Music (e.g. song titles), War, Hippies, Home, Death, Grandma’s influence/Ancestors, Weddings, Babies...
Come see how the artists have interpreted their memories and "flashbacks" in all new work for Threadworks 2016. 

So many thanks to the Show Co-ordinators are Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Begg, and the
Jury liaison for the 2016 Exhibition was Kathleen Bissett.

THREADWORKS 2016 Exhibition Opens at the Wellington County Museum and Archives on Sunday, April 17th... the Gallery will be open at 1 pm and the Awards at 2 pm.


Artwork by Micaela Fitzsimmons

THREADWORKS

April 17-May 29, 2016 

Wellington County Museum and Archives

Opening : April 17th, 2:00 pm

Please join us at the opening reception on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Threadworks returns for its final year at Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) with this year’s theme, ‘Flashback’. Organized by the Threadworks Committee, you will not want to miss this spectacular display, showcasing a delightful variety of fibre art from across Canada.
The mandate of Threadworks has been to mount, every three years, a juried exhibition of exceptional creative needlework stitched by artists from across Canada. Since its inception in 1987, Threadworks has been sponsored by the Wellington County Museum and Archives. After an inaugural exhibition at the WCMA, the show travels the Province of Ontario for up to three years and is exhibited in many museums and galleries.

The 2016 entries are now closed. 
A big thank you to all the artists who submitted their work! This exhibition promises to be truly beautiful and representative of the talent of Canadian Artists from provinces across this great country.

image of Wellington County Museum and Archives 
Directions, How to Get Here
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map
  • Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • Victoria Day, Monday, May 23 - Closed.
  • Combine your visit to the Museum with a weekend or day trip to Fergus or Elora. Click here for local tourism information http://elorafergus.ca/
Admission Fees:    General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation
 The 2016 theme for the artwork submitted was FLASHBACK

What does that word bring to your imagination? Just how far back does it take you? Whether it’s to your own youth, your Grandmother’s time or pre-history, anything other than this minute or tomorrow qualifies. Here are a few suggestions: Fashion, Art Deco, Architecture, Environment/Nature/Fossils, Summer Camp, Holidays, Music (e.g. song titles), War, Hippies, Home, Death, Grandma’s influence/Ancestors, Weddings, Babies...
Come see how the artists have interpreted their memories and "flashbacks" in all new work for Threadworks 2016. 

So many thanks to the Show Co-ordinators are Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Begg, and the
Jury liaison for the 2016 Exhibition was Kathleen Bissett.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

From Elizabeth Brandt, Michigan SAQA Representative: Renowned Quilt Artist NANCY CROW to share her IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS expertise in a summer workshop in Muskegon, ON August 22-26, 2016... have a peek!


Nancy Crow Workshop: Improvisational Exercises 
5 days, August 22-26, 2016
Instructor: Nancy Crow
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $675 ($500 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (a block from the museum in downtown Muskegon, http://www.centuryclubballroom.com/)

This brand new 5-day class has been specifically developed for students desirous of being far more experimental using machine-piecing techniques. Students will be expected to work spontaneously and intuitively with nontraditional quilt-making techniques as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of "pre-planning" and "intellectualizing."

If students want to learn to work more effectively, more efficiently from "instincts" and "intuition” they must come with an open mind and no agendas, ready for growth and for risk-taking!

NOTE: This workshop runs during the same week as the opening (Thursday, Aug 25) of Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts, an exhibit curated by Nancy Crow. The exhibition will have an accompanying catalog that will be for sale. The museum is near Lake Michigan and within a short drive of both Muskegon and Gerald Ford International Airports (Grand Rapids).

To secure your spot the museum is asking for the full payment of $675 (credit card or check payment). Please call 231-720-2587 to register or ask questions.

Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440 
Phone: 231-720-2570

Friday, April 1, 2016

RSVP Attendance at Regional meeting at Art Gallery in Burlington if you are attending - please and thanks!

Hello Central Canada SAQA members
Will you be coming on Sunday April 10th to the meeting at the Art Gallery in Burlington from 1:00 to 3:00PM?  

We have Dr. Denis Longchamps as our guest speaker, the Curator of the AGB.  He is instrumental in allowing us to host our Fibre Content show as well as our meetings at this lovely location!  We hope to have a great turnout to show our respect for him!  One of our draw prizes that day will be an annual membership for the Art Gallery of Burlington.

He will be discussing Fibre Art in the third millennium, What makes a Work of Fibre, a Work of Art? With examples, he will outline how various artists are pushing the boundaries of the medium through originality and research and explain how John Willard’s quilts are works of art. 

Please come to share SAQA fellowship and enthusiasm for this presentation.
Our regular $5 fee for members or guests will apply, and include a draw for one of 3 prizes.
We have lots of news about the upcoming Fibre Content show to share with you.
We will also have promotional materials for you to take back to your communities.

Please send an RSVP email if you plan to join us.
Best regards
Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner
SAQA Central Canada Co Reps
Fibre Content Show Manager and Chairman