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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

July Newsletter

To Note:
In this issue I have included snippets from the newsletter from the Alberta Craft Council. I have not gone to the trouble of reforming all the links.  Sorry but I am leaving for Europe shortly and am simply doing what I can before I leave. (happy face).Please use your favourite search engine to find out more details of any items highlighted, or go their website (link given below).

I want to draw your attention to how valuable it is to be a member of the Craft Council, hear about the events in our area, calls for exhibitions and grants, sales.  Also notifications of workshops, books and reports to do with our sphere of interest.
In future I might put in a reminder to go to the website but I will not repeat their entries here.

The Alberta Craft Council is publicizing its new website please go here.


Tulsa, Oklahoma will host the 2015 Surface Design conference. See:  HERE 


The TSDG = Textile Surface Design Guild has the exhibition Inspiration : Iris at the McCain Gallery at the Coaldale Public Library.
for more information about this group and to see their calendar, contact Cheryl through their website at

NEW Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery presents: matt gould's uncommon threads
June 23 to August 26
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23 3:00 pm
mat -june 13 2012
4525-47 A Avenue

uncommon threads is a sampling of local artist matt gould's work over the past 15 years. From the small, intimate, early framed hand-embroidered pieces to larger installations, including current explorations in form and natural hand-dyed works.

NEW The Works Art & Design 2012 Festival 
June 21 - July 3
Downtown Edmonton

Alberta Craft Council members at The Works festival:

SITE # 2
#1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Mon - Fri 12 noon - 8 pm
Sat, Sun & Canada Day: 12 noon - 4 pm

City Room West
Measuring a Year
Margie Davidson
How long is a scarf that has one stitch for every minute of a year? Embracing the essential humanity of traditional textiles and tenacious art practice, Margie Davidson answers this question. Knitting performance 4 hours every day of The
Works: Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat: 12-4. Mon, Wed. June 29: 4-8 Jn 22: 2-6.

City Room East
Jill Nuckles, Barbara RumbergerNatali RodriguesSusan ThorpeJoan Irvin,Laura O'Connor
Obsession surveys the work of five separate artists, exploring how each is uniquely "obsessed" with their themes, subject matter, and media. Together they demonstrate diligence and commitment to artistic practice.

SITE # 8
10235 - 101 Street
Natali Rodrigues
This exhibit shows an evolution of Rodrigues`studio work, with pieces ranging from 2003 - 2012. Blown and Cast Glass sculptures trace the transformation of a practice, with the mark of each work evident in those that come after.
This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #16
10065 - 100 Street
Daily: 24 hours
Barbara Rumberger
Barbara's glass work reflects a lifetime of experiencing light in rural Alberta. "Glass's ability to capture and reflect light is its signature glory... It can be raw as an eroded river bank or smooth as a polished stone beneath the surface
of the rushing water. Glass is an intuitive fit for the portrayal of the vast Alberta landscape." This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE # 17
1 Thornton Ct
Open 24 Hours
Susan Thorpe
Susan's sculptures demonstrate a long process of glaze and surface experimentation in sculpture. The bird figures in Surfacing make an environmental statement about manmade pollution and how animals might adapt. This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #20
10001 - 107 Street
Open 24 Hours Except Mon - Sat, 6:30 am -
9:30 am and 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hospitality Room
Soft Skyline and Little Fears
Jill Nuckles and Laura O'Connor
A dual exhibit of works by two fine craft artists. Nuckles reinterprets iconic buildings from Edmonton's skyline in fibre, and O'Connor presents a catalyst for a humorous and positive discourse on fear with mixed media illustrations of her own anxieties. This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #21
10186 - 106 Street
Mon - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Canada Day: closed
Feature Gallery
Pulp Paper Pages
The Alberta Craft Council and the chapters of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild present a wide variety of forms, objects, approaches, techniques and concepts found in both the paper and book arts.

Discovery Gallery
Coming Up Next
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 30th from 2 - 4pm Coming Up Next explores how Alberta's next generation of fine craft artists will be shaping the future of the craft scene in Alberta and beyond. This juried exhibition is organized by the Alberta
Craft Council and features work by artists within
the first five years of their career.

The full lineup can be found in the festival guide, get your copy today on The Works website!

50below - YWG
DANdonaldson & PAULzacharias
june 8 - july 22, 2012
Check out DaDe's website for more details

dreamland may23 2012
Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape, Toronto 

May 23 - September 30
Textile Museum of Canada

Artists include:
Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, John Henry Fine Day, Jérôme Fortin, Grant Heaps, Jason McLean, Graeme Patterson, Ruth Scheuing, Michael Snow, Barbara Todd

In this latest interdisciplinary exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, landmark artifacts from the Museum's Canadian collections are integrated with the work of ten contemporary Canadian artists, creating a dialogue of personal and cultural expressions across time and space. Celebrating the imagination of landscape and the human presence in and around it, Dreamland introduces a seamless play of storytelling, whimsy, utility and materiality, speaking to a continuity of patterns and practices that locate the past in the present - and the present in the past.

Titled for the first book of poetry published in Canada in 1868 by Charles Mair, Dreamland is a lyrical collection of cultural and individual expressions of the deeply embedded presence of creativity in the Canadian landscape and the role of utopia, ingenuity and human affection in day-to-day lives.

Above Left: Hudson Bay blanket, England, early to mid 20th century, T2007.38.2, Gift of Madeleine Boucher Harvie
Above Right: Grant Heaps, Stag (detail), 2012. Photo: Jennifer Rowsom


Jennifer Akkerman works with layered fabrics, machine stitch and burning issues....
And of course organisms.  Her works are on show at the Esker Foundation in August.

Websites to browse:
If this image offends please let me know and I will quickly mend
Study: Canada Council For The Arts releases its study on Artist-run centres
And even if you can't get to Stroud, UK. this website is a feast if I haven't recommended it here before.

Series at Red Deer College...Go here with some details shown below...

Transforming Cloth
You will be introduced to ways of creating exciting fabrics through understanding and exploiting the properties of the materials, the
fibers and fabrics. Techniques will include devoree (the etching out of wool or of cotton), cloque (the shrinking of cotton or of
silk), fulling and felting (wool), heat setting texture in silk and in polyester. These techniques will be taught with accompanying
instruction in the use of mechanical resists (tying, pastes etc), printing, dyeing, and dye discharge. These tools, in conjunction with
a very experimental approach to combining fabrics... and ideas.... will allow you to pursue your own unique areas of interest.
Weavers, felters, quilters, sewers will all find new ways of looking at the patterning of cloth. All can expect to sample many
processes, and to create a substantial piece. This may be a dyed and etched velvet scarf, perhaps a layered wall hanging with
many fabrics, or even a length of organza to make into clothing.
Instructor: Lynette Pflueger

Lyn Pfleuger

Lyn Pflueger was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.   She received a science degree from Sydney University, and worked for a number of years as a biochemist.  After moving to Calgary with her husband and children, Lyn settled in Bragg Creek where she raised children and animals, and learned to weave spin and felt.  In 1995 Lyn graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a BFA, taught in the Fibre department as a part-time sessional instructor.  Through Extension Services at ACAD she continues to teach textile techniques, and she has taught at Series in Red Deer, and Fibre Week in Olds.  Lyn’s particular interests include feltmaking, the structure of surfaces, and the properties of textile materials.  Most recently shibori techniques for dyeing and for creating texture have become her passion.  



Calgary - October 20 and 21, 2012
Edmonton - November 3, 2012

Calyx Distinctive Arts, founded by a group of professional artists with a collective vision and mutually supportive artistic goals, host art exhibition and sales twice annually in both Calgary and Edmonton, AB.  This fall will be our 24th show in Calgary, and our 5th show in Edmonton, AB.

The three directors of Calyx exhibit and sell their own work and welcome other qualified artists to participate in these events.  If you are an artist with aspirations to sell your work in a high quality, juried event with like-mined peers, please visit our website at for application and submission information.  Our application deadline for both fall shows is September 9, 2012.

We have secured great exhibition spaces in central and convenient locations in both cities, have developed an enviable mailing list, and offer extremely competitive participation fees.  Please feel free to contact us at 403-244-8150, 780-244-0977 for more information.  We hope that you will join us.

Call to Calgary Artists: Emerging Artist in Residence, Epcor Centre
Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 4:00

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is announcing a call for submissions of visual art from Calgary emerging artists. EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts will select one local emerging visual artist to create new work in the Ledge Gallery throughout the months of June and July, 2013. The artwork will then be exhibited for the month of August, 2013. An artist CARFAC exhibition fee as well as a total of $2000.00 in financial support to assist with material costs and subsistence will be provided.

Click here for more information and how to apply


NEW Harcourt House seeking art instructors for fall courses, Edmonton

Harcourt is looking for a couple more art instructors for this fall!

Please email if interested.  We currently have two youth classes (sculpture and mixed media) and one Adult beginner to intermediate drawing class.

We are open to lots of ideas and suggestions. If any instructors would be interested in including an art history or artist lecture component thats different from what we have run in the past.

3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

NEW Call for Entry: Art of the Book 2013 
Deadline: August 17

This 6th juried traveling exhibition of book and paper arts marks the 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. The exhibition will open July 12, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Calgary, Alberta.  In celebration of CBBAG's 30th Anniversary, the CBBAG Calgary Chapter will also be hosting a conference in conjunction with the exhibition.   

More information:

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NEW Sheridan College is looking to hire a full-time Studio Head in Textiles
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Type: Full Time
Location: Oakville, ON, CANADA; Brampton, ON, CANADA; Mississauga, ON, CANADA;
Job Category: Education

The Crafts and Design program requires a full-time Professor for the Textiles Studio. The professor, in addition to teaching courses in the Textiles Studio Program, will be the Studio Head and will have responsibilities for studio and program administration. As Studio Head, the professor will provide academic leadership and work collaboratively with colleagues

Professors are responsible for:
* Ensuring that program and course curricula are current, relevant and reflective of best practices within the relevant professional/program disciplines;
* Defining, evaluating and validating learning outcomes for courses and programs;
*Creating an effective environment for learning which accommodates students' diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, experiences and individual learning styles;
* Designing appropriate strategies and tools for facilitating and assessing student learning;
* Developing multi-media materials and alternative delivery strategies, and incorporating appropriate educational technologies into the learning process.

Appointment Details
Employee Group: Academic
Faculty: Animation, Arts & Design
Campus: May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus
Reference #: 12/F/39
Salary Range: $58,946 - $102,186 (based on relevant educational qualifications and experience)

For access to more information about this position and instructions on how to apply, click here.
NEW Call for Entry: Fiberart International 2013, Pittsburgh 
Deadline: August 31

An exhibition of contemporary fiber art will be presented by the Fiberarts Guild Of Pittsburgh, Inc at both the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society For Contemporary Craft.

Details HERE

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NEW Public Art Opportunity: CCAG seeks submissions for outdoor sculpture, Charlottetown 
Submissions are due July 15

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is seeking preliminary proposal submissions from Canadian artists for a landmark permanent outdoor artwork to be installed on the plaza of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The work, to be completed and unveiled by July 2014, will commemorate the Confederation Centre's 50th anniversary. The work should respond to the Centre's mandate to celebrate the evolution of the country and to inspire through the visual arts, an appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of Canada's diverse cultural heritage through an enhancement of the Centre's public space. The selected work would update and complement existing outdoor sculptures and architecture. This is a major, national-level commission, with projects able to draw upon a commission budget of up to $200,000 for artist fees, fabrication, engineering consultation, shipping, and installation expenses. Preliminary proposal submissions are due July 15, 2012.

Selection will be determined through a two-tier process. An advisory council with national representation will select a shortlist of approximately five proposals in August 2012. Shortlisted artists will be asked to provide further elaboration of proposals, as well as models, by October 2012. Shortlisted proposals will be exhibited in December 2012. Public input, final selection and budget approval will follow early in 2013.

Click here for more information on submission details

NEW Call for Entry: Northwest Quilting Expo, Oregon
Deadline: August 15th

Judges will look for originality, creativity and workmanship in this extensive quilt exhibition with a wide variety of categories for entry. Work must have been completed after January 1, 2010.  Prizes range from $150 to $1500 USD.

For more information see here.
New in the  Alberta Craft Council Shop:

Claire L. Uhlick

clu. map jewellery

Claire Uhlick's line of woven jewellery is a fantastic addition to the Alberta Craft Council.  Whether she is using parchment, brown craft paper or vintage maps, her creations are simple and elegant.  I personally picked up a Montreal city map cuff for a gift.  Catching glimpses of the interwoven street names acts as a perfect memory to our time together in Montreal.
If you are travelling to Vancouver this summer this information from SDA Rep. for BC, Jennifer Love, might be useful

Following is info about events (sorry some have passed now but some still relevant)  at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, with attachments detailed the separate events. Please contact Yvonne for more info or to register at:
Telephone:  604-883-2380

Art in Yurts – June 2012

As we continue our 5th anniversary celebrations, we are in the last week of “Indaba” exhibition by James Powell, Kerrie Anne Riles, Barbara Johnston, Lois Roberts  - to date, 375 visitors have enjoyed their art.

“Drop by Drop” – the work of Catherine Nicholls and Elizabeth Harris Nichols opens Saturday, June 16th with an artist reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Catherine and Elizabeth have joined forces to create a body of work that celebrates the water that is, that has been and will always be.  Working in contemporary media these two artists respond to the natural world and the watery West Coast that is home. (

Join the artists for refreshments and enjoy the opportunity to discuss their art.

Artist-In Residence:
Kerrie Anne Riles from New South Wales continues her quilt art in the Workshop yurt – thru to Sunday, June 10th. Visit her during our regular hours – Wednesday thru Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  – Kerrie Anne’s passion for birds is becoming very evident on her story board!  You can check out Kerrie Anne’s work at


Hattie Olsen, BC  Pine Needle Baskets   June 09 & 10
this class is full, see new dates below:

Hattie Olsen, BC  Pine Needle Baskets   July 28 & 29

Learn the traditional art of basket making with pine needles and waxed linen thread with basketmaker and storyteller, Hattie Olsen. 

Elizabeth Harris Nichols, BC – Painting in One Day –
Working with a Still Life from Nature – June 22
Plein Air – July 15

The theory of the Painting in One Day workshop is to simplify the processes for novices to learn the fundamentals and for the advanced students to learn to develop freedom in their style.  We will explore the concepts of constructing still life in a workshop that has been especially formulated for FibreWorks Gallery to consider these methods and concepts with other media.

The Painting in One Day workshop takes the artist through the steps of developing the underpainting, the mid-painting and the finished painting in relatively quick succession.  Not only will the student understand the fundamental development and basic principles of the structure of painting, but also the basics of colour theory, composition, articulation of subject, value systems, editing chaos and depth/perspective concepts.

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Exploring the Natural World – June 25 to 28
A 4-day workshop with Catherine Nicholls – using the natural world as our source of inspiration, we will experiment on fabric to recreate and interpret nature’s wide range of textures and colours.  For the first 2 days we will explore the use of ink, paint, crayon and discharge in a variety of techniques creating samples and generating ideas.  Students will then be guided through the process of developing their own original composition, pattern and fibre art masterpiece.

Jill Denton, UK    Fundamental Felt:         June 29 & 30

A 2-day workshop covering a range of wet-feltmaking techniques. The emphasis will be on good practice and developing an understanding of the behaviour and properties of different wools and fibres during the magical process of feltmaking. We will start by working on samples, moving on to create a personal project in flat felt. This workshop is suitable for beginners, or those with some experience.  Feltmaking is a unique and fascinating textile technique and each student will be encouraged to find and work at her own pace. Above all, feltmaking is fun!!

Jill Denton, UK    Nuno Felt – taking a step further:   July 3 to 5

Nuno felt is a fine lightweight felt created by fusing a thin layer of wool onto a base of loosely woven fine fabric such as silk chiffon, thus producing a strong, drapable fabric, suitable for garments and accessories.  

This 3-day workshop will introduce you to this fascinating technique and allow you to develop a sound understanding of the process.   After working through several samples, you move on to your personal project(s), which could be a simple sleeveless garment (tunic or vest), or 2 simpler items such as a scarf, wrap, shrug or cowl.  Instruction and advice will also be given on garment design/pattern construction, finishing and aftercare.
This class is for the more advanced student, so only suitable for those with prior feltmaking experience, or students that have completed the "Fundamental Felt" workshop on June 29/30.
Day 1 You will begin by working through various samples to learn and develop an understanding of the Nuno technique. You will then move on to make your own pattern for a sleeveless garment or other nuno project.   Day 2 &3 will be spent creating your garment.  

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Imagination – July 11 to 14
It’s time to find those images you have tucked away – you know the ones!  The beautiful images of an inspiring subject and you have always wanted to do “something” with them – well, now’s the time!  This 4-day workshop will show you how to develop your own designs from images or sources of information.  Each day will begin with creativity exercises to get those ideas flowing!

In the studio:

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley continues every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – drop in fee – a great opportunity to weave at your own pace and learn from a master weaver. 
Notice to all weavers – the studio is full of wonderful 2/20 mercerized cottons; rayon chenilles and rayon slubs from the studio of Lucy Slykerman – a great way to build your stash!

Spin-In – last Thursday of every month – Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild gather in the studio to spin and share information – open to the public and non-Guild members are welcome.  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Yvonne is concentrating on handspun yarns for knitting and weaving, so her stash of commercial yarns is slowly making its way to the sale table and the freebee basket – there is something for everyone!

For more information, please contact Yvonne Stowell (see below) and “like” us on facebook (fibreworksstudioandgallery).

See you at the yurts!

"Fibre Dance," an exhibition of textile art by Gabriola Island artists, will take place at The Centre Gallery, 590 North Road, Gabriola Island, from July 3 to August 24, with an opening reception on July 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  For more info, please contact Lesley Comassar at


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