Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fabulous Summer Textile Exhibitions

This Summer I am involved in a a number of very
exciting Fibre Art Exhibitions.

ARTefacts is an exhibition by Connections Fibre Artists 
at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Elora,Ontario.
Each artist chose an object from the Museum collection of artefactcs, 
and used that as the inspiration for a fibre related work of art.
For a selections of artists' work in this fabulous exhibition,please visit

I chose antique and vintage irons as my inspiration, and used an
antique iron as a print block to print an abstract landscape
undulating in the mist for 
"Irons in the Mist" (40" x 30") on the left.
Colour Vie pigments on cotton. Machine quilted.
I also printed a set of napkins using antique irons.

Close up of "Irons in the Mist"

"Flower Power Irons" (40" x 40")
When i was a child, my mother gave me a toy iron 
to play with when she was ironing. 
As a textile artist I have done my fair share of 
ironing, and always found it calming and meditative. 
I used that same toy iron to print the fabric for this 
quilt - a kind of mandala in honour of all the women 
who have ever spent time at the ironing board.

Maggie Vanderweit used a chair as the
inspiration for her block printed quilt .
She used Colour Vie pigments, of cou
For a selections of artists' work in this amazing
exhibition, please visit
the-opening reception-for.html

ARTefacts is on until June 4. It will also
be exhibited  at the Joshua Creek Heritage
Art Centre
in October and November.

Hillcrest Village Fibreworks presents "Fragments" - textile art 
explorations by 15  fibre artists at Galleria 814, Toronto, ON, Canada
The opening is June 8, and the exhibition runs from June 6 to June 24

"Leslie Spit Revisited" (20" x 16") is inspired
by my bike rides on the Leslie Spit, Lake Ontario.
I printed my digital photos on cotton.
Pieced and machine quilted.

"Greenleaves" (18" x 18")is screen printed, painted
and printed with actual leaves.
Fused and machine quilted.

"Running with Fibres" is an exhibition by the 25 members of 
Connections Fibre Artists
at the Stratford Gallery, Stratford, Ontario
The opening is on July 14, and the exhibition ends September 24.

"Manitoulin Rocks with Birches" (44" x 52")
My original digital photo enlarged and printed
on cotton, painted cotton. pieced and longarm
quilted. (My first foray into longarm quilting)

"Manitoulin Rocks and Forest" (18" x 18")
My original digital photo printed on cotton,
painted and manipulated pigment on cotton,
 leaf print.Pieced, fused and machine quilted.

AND to finish off for now: My contribution to the SAQA Benefit Auction.

"Slow Dance with Miro on the Beach"
12" x 12" Screen Print and Painting on cotton
Machine quilted.

Friday, 26 May 2017


“Recycling BORO Style” Workshop with Pamela Woodward 
July 8 and 9: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Colour Vie Studio 
222 Symington Avenue, Toronto

Boro is the Japanese technique of patching and mending the utilitarian 
textiles of everyday lives, resulting in beautiful compositions of hue and simple 
hand stitching. Since recycling is a prominent concern in our minds today, 
this class will incorporate attitudes and techniques of boro to refurbish 
worn clothing and other textiles, and to work on quilt like assemblages. 
Whether working individually or on a collective piece, participants are 
welcome to submit their work to the festival exhibition at Propeller Gallery. 

To reserve your space: e-mail 
Upon registration a list of materials will be emailed to you. 
Cost: $200 

For additional information about the “Recycling Boro Style" workshop, 
please e-mail 
Gunnel Hag at 
or Pamela Woodward at 

This workshop, “Recycling Boro Style”, is an integral part of the Festival, 
“In the Spirit of INDIGO”. The Festival is organized by Propeller Gallery 
and offers workshops and lectures from May to September and two parallel 
exhibitions to be held August 16 – September 3, 2017 at Propeller Gallery 
and The Japanese Paper Place respectively

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Workshops in the Colour Vie studio Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio in Toronto
Would you like to learn how to create gorgeous printed fabrics 
in your own bright colour scheme and learn some fun new techniques? 
(It's not too early to mention making fabulous and memorable one-of-a-kind gifts, is it?!)
How about trying one or more of my exciting and inspiring workshops? 
For full descriptions of workshops and yummy pictures please visit

 - November 12, 2016
"PAINT, PRINT AND ROLL" with Gunnel Hag $100

I painted the cotton, then I printed it with a block made from q-tips

Fabric printed using a golf ball. It creates a snake skin effect.
Here I painted the cotton and then printed it using a hair curler.

- November 19 - 20, 2016
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO” (with Pam Woodward) $160

Clamp resisted indigo.

Pole wrapped indigo fabric.

- November 26 to 27, 2016

Screen print by Irene

Student screen print.

- December 3, 2016

Photo on cotton using the Gel printing method.

One of my Photo transfers with added stitching.

To reserve your space please call
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hot Summer Fibre Art

I am really quite thrilled to be in a whole slew of group exhibitions this summer.

Hillcrest Village Fibreworks presents: "Joined by Thread" at Galleria 814, 
814 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto.
Opening reception is on June 16th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Would love to see you there!
The exhibition is on until June 25.

"Hidden Treasures"
Painted with Colour Vie pigments, printed with real live leaves,
free motion machine quilted.

"Leaf Study" 
Printed with leaves, dyed, stitched panel, pieced and hand quilted

"My Corner of the World" is a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
Juried Group Exhibition of over 80 stunning art quilts at 
the Stratford Perth Museum & Archives In beautiful Stratford, Ontario
The exhibition continues until Sept. 5, 2016. 
Definitely worth a visit!

"Rocks on Lake Huron"
My original photos, fused and manipulated cotton.
For the border I made a rubbing of the rocks on cotton 

using Colour Vie pigments
Free motion machine quilted.

Here is a detail of "Rocks on Lake Huron"

“The National Juried Show” is a CQA/ACC (Canadian Quilters Association)
juried exhibition in Toronto from June 15 to 18

"Caught in a Whirlwind"
Painted with Colour Vie pigments, printed with leaves.
Machine quilted

"Caught in a Whirlwind" - detail
Yep, I used a potato masher for the texture.

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild has a booth in the Vendors' Hall 
at the Quilt Canada Conference at the International Centre
in Toronto June 15 to 18
Very cool quilts by the TMQG members. Here are a few of mine:

"Hell on Three Wheels"
Photo on cotton, painted (using Colour Vie of course),
printed with a bicycle wheel, fused, machine quilted

"Balancing Leaves"
Screen printed, painted, and printed with leaves,
fused and machine quilted

"Split Rock"
Photo on cotton, pigment rubbings of rocks,
pieced and free-motion machine quilted

My offering for the  communal display of 14" x 14" mini quilts
in the TMQG booth at the CQA conference.
Looking forward to seeing them all displayed together.