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Fibre Content 2016 – a Canadian fibre art exhibition

If you have love art and textiles, make your way to the Art Gallery of Burlington for the third biennial fibre art show: Fibre Content 2016. The juried exhibit is on from September 8-18, 2016 and showcases outstanding Canadian artists.

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC
Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

l attended the opening reception on Sunday, September 11th with my friend Helen (@piece_by_piece) and her proud mother Barbara. Helen’s piece: Seaton Trail was hung in the gallery space where it could be seen from the entrance.

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON
Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON
Yesterday's News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON
Yesterday’s News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON
Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON
Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON
Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON
Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON
Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON
Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

I met and spoke to  Jennifer Earle who wove, embroidered and beaded the beautiful shawl above. The details are stunning!

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON
Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Jennifer also created the hanger out of copper tubing to display her entry.

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON
Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON
The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON
The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

This was the first time I had ever attended and so happy to see the amazing works on display. There were 125 pieces on display in 2 gallery rooms. The three jurors chose these from the 218 submissions from 102 artists.

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON
Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON
Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON
Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

I spoke to Pat Hertzberg, a textile and mixed-media artist who recently moved and how this change has influenced her artwork. Her artwork conveys a lightness and transparency that is beautiful.

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON
Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON
Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON
Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON
The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
Floating in Blue - Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON
Floating in Blue – Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

This triptych of floating feathers made by Gunnel Hag captured their effortless flight. She had originally displayed it horizontally, but after seeing it hung vertically, Gunnel thought it might even flow better.

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area
Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini was one of the very talented fibre artist who had 2 pieces in the show as well as coordinating the interactive exhibit. Here she is in front of the board that shows how she creates her work.

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON
Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

She calls the technique she developed “surface weaving.” She described the process and had the sample to illustrate the steps involved. Mita also has information on her website as well as photographs of her other pieces in this series: Overhead Underfoot.

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON
Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

A feature of the show is the series of Artist Talks given by three fibre artists. These one hour talks are free of charge and open to everyone. The first talk was given by Dianne Gibson on Saturday, but you still have time to hear: Maggie Vanderweit on Wed. Sept. 14th from 10 -11 am and Mita Giacomini on Sun Sep 18th from 1-2  pm.

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

The photographs I took are just a small sampling of the beautiful work presented in the Fibre Content show. I hope you have the opportunity to see the outstanding art in person. Fibrations is the not-for-profit organization that organizes Fibre Content. All of the artwork in this show will be featured on the Web gallery, where information for the past two shows: 2012 and 2014  can be found.

Pieced – embroidered and beaded quilt

This is the improvisationally pieced top I created using an embroidered and beaded sample I made years ago. In an earlier post I showed some of the fabrics I pulled. You can see below that not all the scraps made it into the top. I love having a large selection of fabric to choose from. I didn’t sketch out the top, but I knew that I wanted to have the sample in the lower left corner and the blues at the top.

Embroidered quilt top
Embroidered quilt top

I began hand quilting the top without putting the quilt in a frame. It’s a small piece and I like the softness and texture that the hand quilting gives to a quilt.

Embroidery detail
Embroidery detail

Above is a small detail and just the beginning of the quilting and beading process. I have used hand dyed perle cotton thread and added 3 glass beads. I plan on using more beads on the top. I collected up a variety of items that I might incorporate, as well as threads in different weights.  I love having a small project I can work on while still spending time with the family. Do you quilt or work on your projects while spending time with your family?

Embroidered and beaded quilt

Even though I have a couple of deadlines looming, Christmas presents to wrap, baking and cleaning, I began another project! This small wall hanging will be the second in a series using some embroidered and beaded samples that I created a many years ago.

Embroidery
Embroidery

I’ve pulled some fabrics that I used in the previous wall hanging and added more. I will be improvisationally piecing the top.

Embroidery with fabric choices
Embroidery with fabric choices

I plan on hand quilting with hand dyed perle cotton, adding more beads and using some beautiful silk ribbon created from recycled saris. I want to have it pieced before Christmas so that I have  a project I can pick up and work on while still hanging out with the family.

 

Fashionable Attire

I’ve completed the commission for the wallhanging that will be given as a birthday gift. I was asked to create a quilt that references fashion.

Fashionable Attire quilt
Fashionable Attire quilt

The shop carries men and women’s fashions and is located in an old stone building. I actually had the outer border designed and created before the central four blocks.

Fashionable Attire border
Fashionable Attire border

I like the way the 2 shades of grey fabric curve up suggesting a wall.

flowerdetail
Fashionable Attire border detail

The large floral (Kaffe Fassete fabric I think) seemed to be too obvious, so I cut it on the diagonal and insert very thin strips of grey so that it looks like the flowers are behind a fence.

hatdetail

The hat has been decorated and is worthy of a royal tea party. I used a variety of hand dyed silk ribbon from Nell’s Emboidery. A ribbon flower completes the look.

I hope the recipient enjoys her gift.

Fashionable appliques

I am working on a commission for a birthday gift. The wallhanging is for a friend whose family own a clothing shop. Here is a glimpse of a couple of the blocks.

Dressform applique
Dressform applique
Tuxedo shirt applique
Tuxedo shirt applique
Hat applique
Hat applique

The hat hasn’t been trimmed yet. I will be adding flowers, ribbons and beads to finish this lovely chapeau!

 

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