Thursday, May 31, 2012

News for June

Don't miss the lecture:  Jason Pollen will speak on A life in Canvas, Silk, Pigment and Dye


I have put this newsletter together in a hurry, sorry for any mistakes, but hope you enjoy the works that I have linked to.  I will be a bit busy for a couple of weeks but hope to meet many of you at the workshops in Calgary with Jason, come and introduce yourself if you can drag yourself away from the exciting works you will be creating there.

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I hope all SDA Members reading this have received their latest copy of the SDA magazine.  Please get in touch with me if you have any concerns.
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Surfing Finds:
Check this one out for fantastic use of thread as line.  To see Smyth’s full range of work visit Debbie-Smyth.com.



Debbie Smyth Art InstallationFull Credits to British artist: Debbie Smyth

And through my Hungarian friend Gabi Gorbedi, here is a link to the stunning work of Vereczkey Szilvia.
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And this absolutely gorgeous and informative find from Jennifer Love 
Yulia Brodskaya of London, England is the current World of Threads "Weekly Fibre Artist Interview."  And check out this latest interview here as well as her own blog.

If you have a Web find that you would like to share please email it to me and I will highlight it in the next newsletter.

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Exhibitions:

The exhibition Pulp Paper Pages will travel from Edmonton ACC to the Leighton Arts Centre in the summer so more of us will be able to visit it.  But if someone has see the exhibition in Edmonton and wishes to review it I will be happy to post the review here for us all to share.

Check out the link the pieces are stunning.  Congrats to all.
Pulp Paper Pages   
PULP PAPER PAGES
April 14 - July 7Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery 10186-106 Street, Edmonton
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Sales:
Check out the Alberta Craft Council news for details of events in your area.
That is also where you will find useful info. about calls for entry...
Also ArtRubicon is a useful place to look.
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Studio Space:
Is available for rent at The Hive.  Check here for contact details, (though the news information on the site is a bit dated).
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Calls For....
Thanks to Arlee Barr for the following links:-
Check out the Wearable Art Awards Port Moody.  Great site to look over the past winners even if you aren't going to apply.


And also in Port Moody... Applications are now begin accepted for the Port Moody Arts Centre's 2013 Gallery Exhibitons.  Applications are available here.  Deadline June 22, 2012.

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Volunteering:
Check this out if you have time and inclination to help others with your fibre arts
http://public.volunteercalgary.ab.ca/VolunteerOpportunities/OpportunityListing/tabid/70/posid/0067a450-c713-491c-95d3-1e682025208e/Default.aspx#.T6lE1AjOgT0.facebook

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This from Jennifer Love in BC - Thanks Thanks Thanks for sharing Jennifer.



Exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon:
Paper Doll, March 30 - June 10
This will definitely be worth seeing if you're going to be anywhere near Saskatoon before June 10 - it includes the wonderful cut steel work of Barb Hunt (http://www.barbhunt.com/steelframeset.htm); Cybele Young's witty paper miniatures (http://www.galleryjones.com/Cybele_Young.htmlhttp://www.drooel.com/2011/05/06/cybele-young-2/; work by Cindy Sherman (http://vimeo.com/1894427) and Ed Pien (http://www.edpien.com/papercuts) and Anna Torma (http://www.annatorma.com/gallery.html) and others (why can't we have an exhibition like this in BC?)


Textiles and Politics   
September 19 - 22 
Registration is now open for "Textiles and Politics" the Textile Society of America's 13thBiennial Symposium being held in Washington D.C., September 19-22, 2012.   The symposium promises to be the TSA's largest and most comprehensive to date.  Keynote speakers include Joyce Scott and Rosamond Mack.  To register and view the program, please visit here.

Art Quits Lowell 2012
Deadline: June 1  
ART QUILTS LOWELL 2012 is a juried exhibition, organized by the Brush Art Gallery, to identify and encourage quilt artists. The exhibition will include art quilts from artists throughout the United States and Canada. The exhibition will provide an overview of some of the finest quilts being produced; it is a feature of the 2012 Lowell Quilt Festival August 9 - 12.  Check out the website information.
Art of the Book 2013  
Deadline: August 17
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) will hold Art of the Book 2013,  CBBAG's sixth juried travelling exhibition.  CBBAG held its first Art of the Book exhibition in 1988, and every five years since. The categories for the exhibition include: fine binding, calligraphy, fine printing, paper making, paper decorating, box making, and artists' books.  For the first time the exhibit will open outside of Toronto on July 13, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Calgary. In celebration of CBBAG's 30th Anniversary the CBBAG Calgary Chapter will also be hosting a conference and workshops in printmaking, bookbinding, printing, and design with prominent instructors.  For more information, click here


Latest World of Threads interview: If you're interested in 'eco-printing' check this out: http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com/artist_interviews/061_lotta_helleberg_12.html 

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This is an interesting website that I just came across (thanks to a member) - some of you may be interested in joining this if you haven't already: http://www.tafalist.com/

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is a business community of entrepreneurs rooted in textile and fiber art products and traditions. A majority of our members have social and environmental agendas at the core of their business. TAFA unites old and new traditions, their historical and modern importance, giving a shared platform to both contemporary and traditional textile techniques from all cultures.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Exhibition at Lougheed House, Calgary

Visited this yesterday:-


A lovely, compact exhibition, where there is something for everyone with conceptual art, patchwork and quilting, 3D and 2D pieces... many materials, techniques and contrasts but all super high quality.
Congrats to all involved.  I show only a selection of the works...

 Liv Pedersen - Bearded Troll 
Tapestry weaving
Margot van Lindenberg - Please supply title Margot, I forgot to note it down, I was so excited, clearly!

Andie Wicherts - Exploration in Fiber
Mixed Media


 Barbara West - Antimacassar in a Time of War
Textile

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jason Pollen's Lecture




SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012


Jason Pollen-A life in Canvas, Silk, Pigment and Dye.

Jason Pollen will be giving his keynote lecture at the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre in the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary on Wednesday 6th June, 2012 at 7pm.  Details below, click to enlarge.


Tickets are available to purchase online $10 or $15 at the door, for what promises to be a very popular and inspiring event.  Click the PayPal button below:-
 


IMPORTANT: Please remember to bring your PayPal receipt to the event, it is your proof of purchase. 

Free entry to the first 10 students to arrive


Jennifer Love SDA Representative B.C. has written the following:
"Jason Pollen was a founding member and for many years the President of the Surface Design Association.  He was on the faculty of the Royal College of Art, London, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute before serving as Chair of the fiber department at Kansas City Art Institute.  Jason exhibits his fabric constructions internationally and is widely known for his innovations in surface design.  He has designed textiles for dozens of fashion and home furnishing firms and regularly collaborates as the scenic designer for the Kansas City Ballet.  He was named Fellow by the American Crafts Council in 2006. "

If you haven't marked the date on your agenda after reading that... then I challenge you to go to Jason's website, drink in the illustrations of his tasty works, and then tell me, do you still have nothing planned for Wednesday June 6th at 7pm?


This is a not-for-profit event, entry covers costs: tech staff, equipment and fees. 
For any advice or queries please contact karin

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This brief entry from my own blog...


WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

Jason Pollen-A life in canvas, silk, pigment and dye. Lecture in Calgary

I find myself unable to go all official with this one right now.  But here is a tempter.

Jason Pollen-A life in canvas, silk, pigment and dye.

Jason will be speaking at the ACAD Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 6th June, 2012.

I  will blog about it again very soon... with more details on time and how to get a ticket... but this is a heads up, so you can block time, to attend this tremendously interesting evening, on your busy schedule.
Prepare to be inspired.

Friday, May 4, 2012

What's going on... May

NEWS NEWS NEWS
Shortly I will be posting about a lecture, by Jason Pollen, in Calgary next month.
Likely date 6th June in the evening. So pencil it on your agenda NOW.
I can't say more till I have signed the papers.
Keep an eye on your inbox for details of venue, time and how to obtain tickets.
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I will be out of circulation for the months of June and July.
Contextural Residency at ACAD and Jason Pollen's visit will devour my time.
In the meantime I hope to post a blog entry about what we all get up to during the workshops with Jason. 30% of workshop participants are SDA members!  Many are coming from across our province as well as BC, SK and the USA.  Many nationalities will be represented as well, it will be a wonderful mix of talents, cultures and experience.  Come and say hello to me if you are one of the lucky ones.

So, forgive me, but the next monthly newsletter will be in August.
A lot will have happened in the meantime so be sure to send me some images and a short write-up of worskhops you attend/give in Alberta or highlights of your travels around the globe and surface design wow moments from your holidays.  We are all looking forward to hearing from you.  Help me make this a colourful blog.
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Exhibitions
Contextural have moved their exhibition to Resolution Gallery in Kensington, Calgary.
Opening is 17th May, but the show is up and viewable now.
Members of Contextural have developed this show (originally housed in the Epcor windows) by creating more miniatures to complement an already diverse and exciting demonstration of practises and concepts on the theme "Have Work Will Travel."

Blub book (exhibition catalogue) available here to view or buy, but there is nothing like seeing the works in person.

This e-invite has all the information.  Location: Calgary.  Please let me have information about other groups across the province that are exhibiting.  This blog is not intended to be a Calgary-biased.


Fibre art at Lougheed House, Calgary
http://www.artists-society.ab.ca/   Alberta Society of Artists Gallery presents "Fibre Works" Celebrating Fibre at Lougheed House, Calgary, Alberta  May 16 to June 24/12    Opening Reception May 27  1:30-3:30PM
I am afraid I don't know how many, if any, SDA:Alberta members are represented in this exhibition. Let me know if your work will be on show there.


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Shopping Highlights

Last week I spent a fun hour in the company of Joan at Kensington Arts.  Did you know they have moved (just next-door) with  Hughes on Tenth - workshop and gallery  opened in its stead, (about a year ago)?


I don't hear many people talking about the shop "Stitches" on Salt Spring Island, BC.
So I wanted to put a link in here for the products/shopping page.  I am drawing attention to this shop because of the wide range of items that they stock.  These are useful to traditional and extreme stitchers/dyers/printers and more...
They are also noted on the resources directory at right.
Of course it isn't in Alberta and mail order does entail certain extra costs, but I don't  think we have a store quite like it anywhere closer.  Let me know if you know of one.

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Workshops Big Time
Don't forget to sign up for emails from Maiwa to receive their detailed descriptions of their workshops in September/October.  Registration opens June 25th.

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And this one...
if you are lucky enough to be in Britain now.... It has just opened...
It is just delicious to look at the brochure if you can't make a transatlantic trip right away.


"The Pairings II full colour brochure is now out with details on this innovative major exhibition that opens on 28 April. The inspiring work that has resulted from the commissions will form the exhibition and talks and workshops will compliment. Embroidery meets metal; ceramics meet woven textiles; wood with stitch; glass and mixed emdia.
There is also a linked symposium on May 5th with speakers that include Helen Storey, Tony Ryan, Trish Belford, David Gates, Alice Kettle to name a few. To receive a free brochure go towww.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk or send an A5 SAE for £1.50 to SIT.
We welcome schools and colleges again contact SIT for details.
Supported by the Arts Council Pairings promises to excite and inspire.
Thank you"
Stroud International Textiles
Lizzi Walton

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I thought that Calgary was Culture Capital from March to March... but here is an Opening celebration in... May!!!



"Dear Cultural Champion,

Welcome to the Cultural Capital of Canada!   Our city earns this designation through the work of cultural creators and cultural supporters like you.  Thank you for everything you do in support of Calgary’s rich cultural life.  

In the year ahead, we will come together to celebrate Calgary’s culture in so many different ways – through the voices and expressions of our artists, historians, cultural and community organizations.  Most importantly, we will do this through every Calgarian actively participating in creating and celebrating together.  You, and your cultural organization, will continue to play a major role in this ongoing mission.

100 years ago, Calgary was a city that was thinking about its future.  As we mark our year as Cultural Capital of Canada and celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, Calgary Public Library and City of Calgary Recreation, we come together to celebrate what we have achieved, and imagine together what our next 100 years will bring.

On behalf of myself and Michael Green, Curator & Creative Producer, we are extending a personal invitation for you, and your cultural co-workers, to attend the “Sweet City Opening Celebration” on May 11 in honour of our year as Cultural Capital of Canada. We hope you will be able to join us and we look forward to celebrating with you! "
Karen Ball
Executive Director, Calgary 2012
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Nice one from Jennifer Love in BC.
BLOOM magazine: I came across this website via India Flint's blog and it is really worth a look - some very inspirational photos (do scroll down through the pics!): http://www.edelkoort.com/editions/ . Click on Bloom 20 if you're interested in 'ecoprinting.'


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Till next time...