Thursday, July 30, 2015

Please join the Kingston Fibre Artists for the Opening Reception of their Mississippi Mills Textile Museum Exhibition, Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Kingston Fibre Artists Group was formed in 1996 by Kingston area Fibre Artist, Hilary Scanlon. After eighteen KFA Exhibitions in Kingston,ON and a number shared by this 18 member Fibre Artists Group in Galleries and Museum locations across Ontario, we are pleased to announce that our retrospective exhibition TIMELESS TEXTILES will open at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte on July 28, 2015.
The artists will be present to share a ‘Walk and Talk’ with visitors after their Opening VERNISSAGE and Reception at the Museum on August 1, 2015.
2-4 pm
Having amassed a lovely inventory of stunning art created with fibre as their medium, the members of the group will share their all time favourite pieces from past shows as well as an impressive all new collection of work that will certainly delight visitors to the Museum. A wide variety of talent in the membership means that the art in this special exhibition will cover an huge array of the technique, design and personal style of our artists as you walk through the gallery.
Kit Vincent's award-winning 'Megantic' and several of her contemporary hand painted and silk works join Wilma Kenny's painted fibre pieces with text added with an airbrush, and her family 'Walking Wheel' turned art piece. You will enjoy the stunning hand embroidered and machine stitched pieces created by Phillida Hargreaves. Contemporary art created with hand dyed and painted cloth is the foundation for new work by Bethany Garner. Frankie Lemonde-Meunier will share new work that elicits the joy of designing with crochet, yarns and fabric paper in brilliant colour. Hilary Scanlon's beautiful work includes pieces monumentally important in the inventory offered by this renowned Ontario artist. Sylvia Naylor brings the strength of her so very well recognized, machine stitched landscapes and new art assemblages to the show. Robin Field shares her amazing hand hooked rug and art quilts, while artists Janet Elliott, Janine Gates, Susan Farber, Mary Ev Wyatt, Christina Barnes, Margaret Morris, Hana Sramek and Elinor Rush, all stunningly talented artists, bring you a myriad of their exciting designs using techniques in fibre in many forms including hand made felt; silk landscapes; contemporary paintings on cloth; collections of art, 8″ square made weekly over the period of a year; and certainly, the so beautiful texture of chenille art-scapes and woven ribbon pieces. We welcome Carolyn Barnett this year, as well as Peta Gillyatt Bailey and Linda Coulter, new KFA members as they join us in sharing their work.
This is an Exhibition planned to take you on a journey through the collections of truly TIMELESS TEXTILES and award winning art created by this talented group of friends. Please plan to visit the exhibit between July 28 and September 5, 2015 in the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

ANGELA MAVES, SAQA Central member, takes Second Place award in the annual HOFFMAN CHALLENGE

Second Place Accessories
"Pomegranate Purse"
Draw string purse with velvet accents
12" H x 9" W x 9" D
Angela Maves
Pembroke, ON Canada

History of the Challenge
Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing, and doll collection. The quality of entries and a growing number of exhibit requests have led us to establish additional traveling collections. Currently, twelve collections travel coast-to-coast within the USA.

The Challenge started with 94 enthusiastic quilters, and in some years, the number of entries has grown to more than 700. In addition to the three quilt categories (pieced, appliqué and mixed technique), other categories include clothing (wearable art), accessories, and dolls.

While the majority of the entries come from the United States, a wide variety of international entries are received. Each year, the top entries are grouped into traveling collections and visit quilt and fiber shows, seminars, quilt shops, as well as, quilt and doll-makers guilds nationwide. For more information about the schedule of these events please visit our Exhibit Schedule.

Many congratulations to Angela...well done!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SAQA Central Canada member CATHERINE TIMM to share new work in Portage du Fort.....

Please join me for the opening Vernissage of my Solo Show 
"Inspired By Nature"  
Stone School Gallery, Portage du Fort.  
VERNISSAGE: July 31, 2015
6-8 pm
Stone School Gallery

 This show is comprised of new work not shown in any exhibit before.  Feel free to pass this along to your friends or anyone you may think might be interested.
 Catherine Timm
Stone School Gallery
28, rue Mill St.
Portage-du-Fort (Québec)
Gallery hours:
11-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Friday night vernissages: 6-8pm

Monday, July 13, 2015

Just spent the weekend with Marta Mouka and friends as we created beautiful ECO printed fabrics at her River House Studio near Tweed...

Marta Mouka and her six happy students at the end of two great days!

Eco-Print Workshop

Printing with plants & natural dyes

August 15–16, 2015 

Sharon Kennedy of Prince Edward County with one of her prints
Explore the fascinating process of creating botanical monoprints –  dying and printing fabrics with native plants.

Each two-day workshop will cover:

• how to choose and prepare plants for dyeing
• diversity of dye-colours produced by plants
• understanding of dye-fixing and modifying substances (mordants) for silk,   cotton and wool
• different techniques of folding and tying fabrics
• methods of cooking bundles and constructing cold bundles for solar dying.

Workshops are held in a rustic barn located on 23 acres of meadows and deciduous trees, minutes from Tweed and 35 km north of Belleville, Ontario.

The setting is very tranquil, with plenty of botanical materials from the property and dyer’s garden.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with one-of-a-kind, eco-printed fabrics to use in textile art or sewing projects.

Workshops require a minimum of four students; registration closes at six students, so there will be plenty of personal attention!

No experience is necessary — just come and play!


Register by e-mail and secure your spot by forwarding the full workshop fee by cheque or e-transfer. Please, no post-dated cheques.

Cost: Two-day workshop: $180.00
Materials fee (fabrics not included): $20.00

Cancellation Policy
If the workshop is cancelled (insufficient attendance) you will receive a full refund.
If you must cancel for personal reasons, refunds less a $10.00 administration fee or a credit towards another workshop are given only if you contact me by phone or by e-mail 7 days before the date of the workshop.

Workshop Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: River House Studio
843 Stoco Road RR4

(an easy ride, just before Tweed, off Hwy 401 onto Hwy 37 at Belleville)
Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0


Located approximately 21/2 hours from Toronto and
Ottawa, 45 minutes north of Belleville.
From Hwy. 401, take exit 544. Take Hwy. 37 north towards Tweed for 35 km. Just before Tweed (at a blinking yellow light), turn right onto Marlbank Road. Drive about 3 km. After crossing a bridge, turn left onto Stoco Road. Keep left and drive about 3 km more. 843 Stoco Road is on your left — look for a large grey barn.

Fabric recommendations 

NOTE: All fabrics should be PFD (prepared for dyeing) or pre-washed
— 4 to 6 yards of heavy woven 100% silk such as silk Dupion or silk Habotai 16 mm
— 1 to 2 yards light 100% silk Habotai 5 mm or chiffon or gauze
— 4 to 6 yards of 100% cotton or linen
— woven 100% wool fabric sheer to heavy

Students can bring used clothes, old bed sheets (100% cotton) etc. in addition or instead

Marta has silk fabric available for purchase in her studioSupplies list with paid registration...

For all the other details and registration, contact Marta at

I attended and so enjoyed the entire weekend! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus, invites you to spend a week in the classroom expanding and supporting your FIBRE ARTS/DESIGN skills in beautiful KINGSTON, ON

St. Lawrence College
1000 Islands
Summer School of the Arts 

Fibre Arts: Design, Technique and Practice (Kingston Campus)
ARTS 91 
Mon - Fri July 27 - July 31, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Course Fee: $239
$30 Materials Fee to Instructor covers comprehensive course binder and dye/paint supplies
Dyeing, painting and printing on cloth...a full week of devoted studio practice 

This journey will help you to step ‘out of the box’, away from the familiar, and start to create contemporary, one of a kind art quilts or “Modern” bed quilts as you study the foundations of design. Your focus will be on creating art work that can be used in your studio practice, developing  that new  commitment to a series that can carry on long after our week together.
Red Sky at Night, Bethany Garner

You will explore color, work every morning into a course sketchbook with art and design techniques, and explore hands on sampling of MANY techniques for special effects on fabrics including the creation/stitching of all new small pieces of art work each afternoon in the classroom... lots of time to STITCH! Machine or hand work - your choice! 

Day One:      Flat and immersion dyeing of fabric (see photo above)
Day Two:     Indigo dye instruction including shibori (see photo below)
Day Three:   Soy wax batik, and art quilt design time in afternoon
Day Four:     Fabric painting using COLOUR VIE and acrylics, gel and screen printing
Day Five:      Experiment with nuno/wet felting

As you create, choose your own favourite techniques to develop all new, original art. You will enjoy working along with your classmates, sharing ideas, and  developing confidence in “design wall” exercises while you take this opportunity to stitch up a storm!
SPECIMEN, Bethany Garner

During this 5 full days of studio art play you will listen to your intuition and find the confidence to make independent decisions that will produce art/quilts strong in colour and design. The goal is creating new work, using fibre as your medium and having a great and fun filled week with old and new friends along the way.. 
Supplies list provided with paid registration... and we encourage you to use your STASH! 
Come play!
Date(s)7/27/2015 - 7/31/2015.
Days of Week: Monday through Friday   Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Room 00060
Main Campus, Green Wing, Lower Level
Instructor: Bethany Garner
More Information:

This is Beth''s nineteenth year in the classroom with the Summer School of the Arts at St.Lawrence College. She welcomes new and returning students and encourages you to book a stay in SLC Kingston Residence at the college and enjoy the beauty of the Kingston Community during summer 2015!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Kingston Fibre Artists extend an invitation to the Opening Reception for their "TIMELESS TEXTILES" Exhibition, Saturday August 1, 2015

We welcome visitors to join us for the Opening Reception 
Exhibition to be held in the 
Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, ON 
Saturday August 1st, 2-4 pm

Ninety-two pieces by nineteen artists -  a truly diverse and beautiful collection of the work of these multi talented artists, many of whom have been working together over the past twenty years. Seeking their own niche has been a journey well served, as witnessed in this stunning exhibition including contemporary works and art quilts, free-standing three dimensional work, wearable art, hand painted cloth, nuno felted pieces, many pieces embellished with beautiful hand stitching and crocheted/knitted art. The artists are:

Christina Barnes
Linda Coulter
Janet Elliott
Robin Field
Janine Gates
Wilma Kenny
Frankie Lemonde Meunier
Margaret Morris
Elinor Rush
Hilary Scanlon
Hana Sramek
Mary Ev Wyatt

Please mark your calendar and make your visit to Almonte and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum a special time to share with friends and to walk through a memorable exhibition worthy of the drive. Visit more of the individual work of our members at the Kingston Fibre Artists website here

The village of Almonte is bustling with great shops, places to dine and the views throughout the countryside are beautifully breath-taking at this time of year... all dressed up for your drive. Hope to see you in Almonte!

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3, Rosamond St. E.
Almonte, Ontario
K0A 1A0
April to SeptemberTuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm.
unday: 1 pm to 4 pm.
Children under 12 are always free
Admission $5.00Members admitted without charge