Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Quiltx  (See Link for more details)  
September 21  & 22, 2018   10AM-4PM 

Along with many other great quilt vendors, a beautiful selection of quilts it also has demos though out the two days for you to view. Jo’s Fiber Arts is going on the Road… 

Jo-Anne Vandermey  will be vending at the show, with her selections of Nuances and Batiks from Sew Batik, Sari Silk, Roving, and new this summer Fabrics Hand Dyed various Rainbow Palates and Gradation Packs. I will also have Shibori Indigo fabrics that will be featured in my Demo/Talk. Eco and Iced Dyed Silk scarves will also be available. Never to early for Christmas shopping!

If you can’t make QuiltX but still want an opportunity to view you can email me to set a time or I can send you an email of when my Fall Pop Up Shop sale.  
Hope to see you soon…
 Jo-Anne Vandermey
 QuiltX is an annual two-day Textile Arts Show in St. Marys, Ontario. This show includes a featured artist or theme every year to display. The show boasts multiple workshops, lectures, demonstrations, shopping, merchant mall, lunch options, and free parking for an enjoyable trip to the historic town of St. Marys.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Do plan to visit this important and the ONLY all Canadian Art Exhibition from SAQA . The quilts will be on display at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum until September 22, 2018.

"Artist Walk and Talk" gallery tours will be available on 
Sunday September 9th at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm 
with Bethany Garner,  My Corner of the World - Canada Exhibition Curator 

The Museum is hosting the huge FIBREFEST weekend September 8 and 9th 
as well, so a wonderful time to visit the Village.

The Art Quilts represent 40 wonderful art quilt designers and stitch artists from across Canada who are part of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This travelling exhibition, developed by SAQA, together with the Stratford Perth Museum, features the artists’ interpretation of their particular “corner of the world.” 
The designs and techniques are wonderfully varied. Some pieces depict an actual place, while others are abstract and evoke a feeling of place in time. All of them are technically intricate, and each deserves careful study.

SAQA is dedicated to presenting and preserving thought-provoking cutting-edge artwork and has 3400 members around the world. It is known for developing outstanding, museum-quality exhibits. The catalogue that accompanies the exhibit features all 40 pieces, as well as 40 more by international artists that are on display at the Stratford Perth Museum. Make sure to come and enjoy these fascinating depictions of special Canadian spaces.   

Sharon Collins
Atmospheric Textile Art

Vernissage Oct 2nd, 6-8 pm
Please join Sharon for her solo exhibition 
opening mid September

September 21 – October 17, 2018
Atrium Gallery
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepoint Drive
Ottawa, ON
Mon-Thurs 8 :30-9 :00
Fri 8 :30-5, Sat10-5,Sun 1-5

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fibre Content: a community event that features the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art.

Showcasing works in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials, the goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as an art form.

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Sunday September 9, 1pm-3pm
The Art Gallery of Burlington is pleased to host Fibre Content: a community event that features the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art. Showcasing works in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials, the goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as an art form.
This juried exhibition will display 90 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 60 artists from across Ontario from the following groups:
Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA)
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts Guild
Oakville Fibre Artists
Connections Fibre Artists
Group of Eight Fibre Artists
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Burlington Hooking Craft Guild


Saturday September 8 | Saturday September 15

Details and Registration are available at:
Early Bird Pricing Ends September 1: 
$15 for each Artist Talk | $35 for each Hands-On Event 



One Stitch at a TimeLecture by Tracey Lawko | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Her Enduring Love of Surface Design
Lecture by Gunnel Hag | 2 to 4 PM

Playful Abstract Creations
Workshop with Albert Cote | 2 to 4 PM


 How I Do What I Do – When I Don’t Know What I’m DoingLecture by Mita Giacomini | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Her Unique Use of Wash-Away Water Soluble Film
Lecture by Pat Hertzberg | 2 to 4 PM

Eco Printing on Paper and Rust / Tannin 
Workshop with Chandra Rice | 2 to 4 PM

Far left: Arizona Glow, Albert Cote
Top mid: Floating in Blue – Triptych, Gunnel Hag
Mid left: Spring Thaw, Tracey Lawko
Mid right: Gratitude, Pat Hertzberg
Top right: Alight, Mita Giacomini
Bottom Right: Prairie Sunrise, Chandra Rice

Monday, August 20, 2018

Instructor, Pamela Allen
Kingston School of Art - three student seats available, register soon
Course will begin September 17th at the Kingston School of Art Princess and Victoria Street. 

NOTE: Class is running and is filled - thanks from Pamela!

"Hello fellow textile artists,
I am proposing a ten week fibre art course at the Kingston School of Art starting Sept 17th. The course will emphasize exercises that encourage PERSONAL content and finding one's voice in the fabric medium. In depth assignments, time for class critiques and independent studies are a feature of the course.  So far  I have only 7 students and I need at least 10 to make it viable. I am attaching a general blurb about the course and what the emphasis will be.

Pamela Allen
 Contact: for news on future classes

THINK LIKE AN ARTIST- Instructor, Pamela Allen

Have you made the transition from traditionally designed quilts to ART quilts? Would you like to?  Then this is the class for you.

There are two parts to every art is the technical expertise of stitching, applique, quilting, blocking, binding. And we all continue to improve in this category simply by making work .  The other side ... the ART more ephemeral and esoteric perhaps, as it requires many years of questioning, risk taking and imagination to develop. Pamela has designed her program that will start the student along the road to that development. Students will hone in on the whole process of art making using a series of hands on exercises which focus on the important elements of creativity.  Each  afternoon, the class will work on projects that address certain problems faced by every artist. 

For instance, what about the tools of the trade...meaning the formal elements such as color, line, shape, space, scale? These are as necessary to art as are the machine, thread and scissors. As a warmup exercise, the class will make several quick  fabric sketches in series to focus on each element. This is a fun and relaxing introduction and you will have several little postcards well underway by lunchtime.

Here’s another question. How do artists decide upon their subject matter? We will talk about outside influences that often trigger an idea ; other artists’ work, images gleaned from popular culture, written sources like poetry or literature, music, daily events in our lives. To help in the discussion, students will be asked to compile a folder containing any written or visual data that is appealing to them. A small quilt will be designed that uses these sources as inspiration.

Another challenge is how does the artist find her own personal means of expression?  We can admire other artists in other media, we can absorb images from popular culture, we can be fascinated by the culture of other nations. But how can we translate that into a personal expression unlike no one else’s? How do we avoid the  dreaded word DERIVATIVE? Another small quilt will help address these issues.

And a related do we discover our own private symbolism? How do we go beyond a generic image into a unique and personal expression? This always generates a lively discussion in class as people defend or condemn certain images that may or may not be cliched and facile. A fun self portrait will help the class to confront these questions.

And finally, how do you know when it’s finished?  The class will discuss the virtues ( or not) of embellishment, and how it can enhance the image.

Some other topics that may arise:

To show or not to show? If art is your vocation, how to organize your time, your studio space, your inventory ? How to apply for a grant? How to network? Critiquing art.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Kingston and area Artists Peta Bailey, Linda Coulter, Janet Elliott and Janine Gates share exhibition space at the Community Gallery, TETT Centre in the fall... Mark your Calendar!

Making Our Marks II
Tett Gallery
Saturday, September 22, 2018 through Friday, October 5, 2018

Four friends reunite for an exhibition of new work. Fibre art, handmade books, prints and paintings by Peta Bailey, Linda Coulter, Janet Elliott and Janine Gates.

Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, September 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Tett Gallery
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4
Free Admission

Hours: Monday through Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more information, please email