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
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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