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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mid October

Sorry about the late "mid" posting, but the month of October started off rather like the little rhyme: "Shake and shake the ketchup bottle, first none'll come, then a lot'll"!


October 6 - December 24, 2012
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 6 from 2 - 4 pm
Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery - 10186 - 106 Street, Edmonton AB

Passages is an exhibition that combines the projects of four artists exploring the concept of time and place using different techniques; knitting, quilting, embroidery, and ceramics. Margie Davidson (Edmonton, AB) recorded her year a stitch at a time in her project: Measuring a Year by the Minute. She knit sixty stitches per row, 24 rows per day and at the end of the year the project was an astounding 120 feet in length. Marcy Horswill's (Cumberland, BC) fibre work, Through the Other Side of the Fence, explores the adaptive relationship between wild roses and a metal fence, showing how the human-built conforms to the natural environment over time. The Isolation Project by Alana Wilson (Edson, AB) and Bridget Fairbank (Nelson, BC), records two lives spent in the isolation of the Canadian wilderness as fire tower observers. Bridget Fairbank's uses 126 small ceramic plates to represent each day that she spent alone in a fire tower during her seasonal job. By altering each dish, Bridget's personal take of daily isolation by way of routine is imposed upon each plate. Alana Wilson created small embroideries exploring ideas and pressures she feels as an isolated female in her early thirties.


Design Exploration Workshop – Katie Pasquini Masopust -
 2 days Feb 6-7th. 2013

Time:  9:30 – 4:00
Workshop Fee:  $255.00
Deposit $55.00  –  non refundable due on registration.
Balance $200.00 due January 15th 2013.

Supplies Fee:  $20.00 payable to Katie PM at time of class

Bring your own lunch & snacks. Tea & coffee will be provided by Studio G Art.
Fridge and microwave are available for student use.

Studio G Art has corporate rate at the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn 5 minutes from the studio. (250) 748-2722 Make all cheques payable to: Studio G Art 7298 Somenos Road Duncan, BC V9L 5Z9


(Not sure if this is still available, but sounds a great deal!) Studio Space, Okotoks Contact Sheila  403-369-8232

Need a quiet space during the day away from the hubbub of city life to work on your art?  Tired of having to put everything away each night?  Studio space available in the Okotoks area with a great view of the mountains and wide open space, allowing for inspiration for the great masterpiece.
- non-smoking facility
- $350.00/month
 From Linda Hawke: My colleague Cat Schick and I are excited to begin the first stage of our Calgary 2012 artist residency, at the Women’s Centre of Calgary on Monday.

We’ll be exploring themes of sleep and dreams in a collaborative process that uses quilts as a starting point.Women are invited to drop in on one of our open studio sessions or call the Women’s Centre to sign up for our workshops. October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19, 26 Open studio, 1-5 pm: watch, share ideaWorkshops, 6-8 pm: learn, make, collaborate

The Women’s Centre (a women only facility) 646 -1st Ave NE, Calgary Info: 403.264.1155
The Women’s Centre is a women only facility however everyone will have a chance to participate in the next stage of the project when we will be quilting our creations in public spaces. Stay tuned for more information in early 2013.
This project is organized and presented by This is My City Art Society, The Women’s Centre, and Calgary 2012.

Lesley Stafiniak <>
Date: Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM
Subject: Invitation to join textile/surface design research

 I am forwarding forward an invitation to participate in a Master's research project through the Human Ecology department at the University of Alberta. I will be making trips to Calgary to observe designers work with inspirational sources that are selected by me. Please let me know if you are interested. You may work alone or in groups if that is what you are used to.

Thank you for your consideration.

Warm regards,
Lesley Stafiniajk


(Some of you may know Tara through ACAD or Contextural)
Calgary Designer Introduces New Lingerie Line: Local designer Tara Niscak (Neesh-chalk) introduces her new lingerie line to the public. Salonska Lingerie will be in stores this winter and is already available online at The line promises to be a great addition to the already diverse collection of designers who call this city home. This is one of the very few lingerie lines that is designed and produced in Canada.

Salonska Lingerie offers classic bias cut styles in silk, hand screen-printed with patterns from the designer’s drawings.All the pieces are made with impeccable details including bias cut styling, French-seams, bound edges and constructed with silk thread.

“I was trained in surface design (screen-printing and dyeing) at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Since moving to Calgary I have been studying pattern drafting and fashion construction, so it made sense to have my two skills compliment each other with this line."

Salonska's first collection is called the "Signature Collection". Eight pieces in the collection are designed to show off a woman’s curves. So if you love to show off your shoulders, the racer-back chemise with a pair of silk lounge pants would be perfect for you. If on the other hand, you have great legs but would rather cover up your arms – try the night shirt with a pair of French-shorts.

The pattern featured on the Signature Collection garments is made from ...yes you guessed it… signatures. Each piece comes in two colour ways; navy with a gold print or ivory with a navy print. “When I was designing the collection I was in the middle of changing my name after getting married last summer. I remember practicing my new signature, my new mark over and over again on scraps of paper. One day, I looked down at and saw this amazing pattern in the writing. It’s a fitting way to start off my new line,  with a new mark - a new signature.”

Salonska Lingerie's newest collection - Spring 2013 will be shown for the first time at Runway Monthly this month - Saturday, October 20th @ Exchange Social Club, downtown. Tickets are $15 (all seated tickets are sold out) and the doors open at 8pm. For more information and tickets to the runway event visit

2012 Craft Awards Reception, Calgary
November 3, 7 - 10 pm
DaDe Art & Design Lab - 1321 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary

Join the Alberta Craft Council as we honour individuals and groups who make significant contributions to Alberta's fine craft culture on Saturday, November 3. Recipients will also be featured in a Discovery Gallery exhibition, February 2013, in Edmonton.

2012 Alberta Craft Nominees

The Linda Stanier and Family Memorial Award for Excellence in Ceramics
- Jim Etzkorn, clay (Medicine Hat, AB)

Award of Honour
- Sarabeth Carnat, metal/jewellery (Calgary, AB)
- Jamie Gray, glass (Calgary, AB)

Award of Excellence
- John Blair, metal (Calgary. AB)
- Dana Roman, fibre (Canmore, AB)

Award of Achievement
- Bee Kingdom, glass (Calgary, AB)
- Jamie Gray, glass (Calgary, AB)
- Rachelle LeBlanc, fibre (St. Albert, AB)

Click here for more information on all of the nominees.
Join the Facebook event here.
arlee barr has an article in the upcoming Art Quilting Studio magazine, Winter 2013 issue, available Dec1/12.


An intriguing post from Pamela Allen, one of Canada's premiere textile artists--why do some of us feel we have to preface ourselves as "Quilt" artists or "Textile/Fibre" artists ?

Remember we want to hear from you if you have news of exhibitions, workshops, miscellaneous interest items or questions. Are you being published somewhere? Were you interviewed? Found something especially special in the province that you'd like to share?

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