Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A different view

Below is the current letter from World of Threads regarding the 2014 festival. I couldn't resist sharing it also as it gives a different view of the work featured in the last letter as well as showing more of the art included in the show. Where possible, I have linked to the artist's website or blog or other informative site via the caption.

Several of the artists featured in the letter have been interviewed by World of Threads. Click the link below for dirrect access to those:

Jim Arendt #127
Karen Goetzinger #113
Judy Martin #21
Christine Mauersberger #128
Emma Nishimura #9
Liz Pead #32

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Hello Jennifer,

A reminder, there is still one week left for you to visit the festival. Check out the photos below.

We also wanted to mention that most of the artwork is available to purchase. If you see anything that appeals to you and which you would like to buy, please let us know and we can arrange the sale.

Please make sure you don't miss seeing the wonderful work on display. The work is amazing, you're bound to enjoy it. The exhibits close at 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 30, 2014.  The festival has been very well received attracting thousands of visitors from across Canada and the USA as well as from Europe. 

One viewer commented: "Just wanted to tell you how ‘blown away’ I was by the show – a phrase I am sure you have heard so many times, but it is just so impressive... As amazing as the show is, the way it is ‘hung’ is just as amazing and I can’t imagine how one plans a layout of this magnitude."

For full info, directions, maps, hours, etc., click: 
http://worldofthreadsfestival.com/exhibitions_menu.html

We hope you get to visit. 

Regards
Dawne & Gareth

Dawne Rudman - Festival Chair & Curator
Gareth Bate - Festival Curator & Designer
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Foreground: Artist: Jacqueline Treloar, Toronto, Canada. Left: Artist: Judy Martin, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. Right: Artist: Melanie Siegel, Richmond Hill, Canada.
The Red and the Black, installation view, Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
 
Timelines by Christine Mauersberger of Cleveland, Ohio, USA is middle back of this photo.
The Red and the Black, Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. Artist: Emma Nishimura, Toronto, Canada
 The Last Supper, The Studio, Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens. Artist: Carmelo Arnoldin, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. Artist: Liz Pead, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. 
Artist: Karen Goetzinger, Ottawa, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Gwen Lowery, Shaw Island, USA.
strung out and undone, The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre.  Artist: Amanda McCavour, Toronto, Canada.
strung out and undone, The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre.  Centre: Artist: Kim Stanford, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Montreal, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: James Arendt, Conway, USA.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Maggie Scott, St. Andre De Roquepertuis, France.
World of Threads Festival
The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario where it began in 1994. This year we expanded into Mississauga. The Festival is organized by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and attracts visitors from around the world.

Festival 2014 features 255 artworks by 97 artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and USA.
Dates: Nov. 1 - 30, 2014. Admission is free. The main Festival venue is Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville. ​
Check the Website for info about:
  • All Exhibitions
  • Downloadable Brochure
  • Maps & Directions
  • Artists Lists
  • Artworks
  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews


Oakville Shows

The Red and the Black
This is the main thematic festival exhibition featuring 32 artists, curated by Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman.
The Gallery: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm,Sun. 12 - 5 pm

Solo Shows and Installations
For the first time we will be showing entire bodies of work and large installations by 56 artists, curated by Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman.
Corridor Galleries: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm,Sun. 12 - 5 pm

The Last Supper
This is a single large work, curated by Matthew Hyland.
The Studio: Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Tues. - Sun. 1 - 5 pm, Closed: Mon.

Mississauga Show
strung out and undone
The Living Arts Centre joins the festival for the first time with this exhibition featuring 12 artists, curated by Megan Press. 
The Gallery Space, The Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Sun. 1 - 4 pm, Closed: Mon.

Please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested.

World of Threads Festival
Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art
Website:    http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com
Email:        dawne@worldofthreadsfestival.com
Phone:       905 844-3847

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A letter to share

Even before the World of Threads Festival 2014 officially opened, the announcements for it had me dreaming of attending - in large part because two of my favorite artists, Christine Mauersberger and Judy Martin have work in it. 

Since then, I have marveled at the quality of work in the exhibitions comprising the festival. A happy dance has been done each time a communication came from World of Threads that featured Christine's or Judy's work. The latest letter features both brilliantly and I couldn't resist sharing it.

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Hello Jennifer,
We wanted to give you an update about the World of Threads Festival 2014:

The Festival opening weekend was fantastic. We had nearly 1,000 people through one venue alone on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1. We were thrilled to have 48 of the 97 artists participating in the Festival, in attendance on the opening weekend. These artists came form across Canada, the USA, from the UK and from France. Other artists have been visiting since and more are expected before the Festival closes. 

It's not too late for you to visit. The Festival is on for a further two weeks and closes at 5:00 pm on Nov. 30, 2014. Below are some photos. We'll be posting full albums after the festival on the website.

For full info, directions, maps, hours, etc., click:  http://worldofthreadsfestival.com/exhibitions_menu.html

Regards
Dawne & Gareth

Dawne Rudman - Festival Chair & Curator
Gareth Bate - Festival Curator & Designer
Not To Know But To Go On by Judy Martin of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries of Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville.
The Red and the Black exhibition, Installation view, in The Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Timelines by Christine Mauersberger of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, displayed in The Red and the Black exhibition, in The Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Winter by Melanie Siegel of Richmond HIll, Ontario, Canada, Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries of Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville.
strung out and undone exhibition, installation view, at The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario where it began in 1994. This year we expanded into Mississauga. The Festival is organized by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and attracts visitors from around the world.

Featuring 255 artworks by 97 artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and USA.

Feedback from patrons and artists has been fabulous. People are amazed at the wonderful array of work on display.  We thought it would be fun to share with you some behind-the-scenes images.

We also wanted to mention that most of the artwork in the Festival is available to purchase. If you see anything that appeals to you and which you would like to buy, please let us know and we can arrange the sale.

Check the Website for info about: 
  • All Exhibitions
  • Downloadable Brochure
  • Maps & Directions
  • Artists Lists
  • Artworks
  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews

Be sure to subscribe on the website for updates.
We hope you get to visit.  The work is amazing, you're bound to enjoy it.

World of Threads Festival
Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art
Website:    http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com
Email:        dawne@worldofthreadsfestival.com
Phone:       905 844-3847

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Brown - Update 3

The search for Roy G Biv has lead us to celebrate brown this month. Once again, I've culled through my archives for photos to share. Enjoy!



life size barrel o' monkeys at Disney World

Ellie (age 3) walking on the Mr Potato Head display 
while holding Daddy's hand.

Grace loved chocolate ice cream in her younger days...still does.


 Pam's experiment


 the underside of a mushroom

 India Flint strolling through the mud of the River Tay



Want more browns? Check out Julie's, Sharmon's, Maya's and Mary Ann's offerings. And take a stroll over to Paper Ponderings to see the new book that Fiona is working on.

If you've browns to share, just leave a note for Julie or I and we'll link to your post as well. Enjoy!

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More browns have been posted!

Jill of Recycled Daze has a bounty of nature's browns.
Barbara of Salt Air and Pistachios has gigantic treasures.

I am adding Velma's post at Wake Robin to the list because you simply must see the corn ladies in the fields that she drives by each day...and they are a shade of brown so they fit right in.

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Lisa at arzigogolare has me craving chocolate this morning. And I can't find any!!! Must run to the store....

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Charlton Stitcher collected browns in her travels.
Yarngoddess found a gorgeous brown cat.

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Roy G Biv $64,000 Question -

Julie and I are considering continuing the search for Mr Biv in 2015. Round 4 would begin January 15 with red. This year we ventured outside the rainbow alphabet with pink, white, black, brown and December's blogger's choice in order to extend the fun for a full year. 

However you participated in the search - by posting the month's color or by reading the posts and admiring the photography - I'd like to hear your thoughts on extending the rainbow in 2015. What non-Roy G Biv colors would you like to see featured? Turquoise comes to mind as do gold and silver.

Thanks for considering!




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Reminder

Just a quick reminder that this Thursday is the 3rd Thursday of the month and you know what that means...Roy G Biv day.


Julie and I are finishing out the year by venturing outside the usual Roy G Biv alphabet of colors. November's color is brown. On December 19, we'll complete a year of searching for the elusive Mr Biv with blogger's choice of colors. Now...I'm off to grab a cuppa. Care to join me?

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the studio

Life is returning to normal at our house and that is a very good thing.


The studio table is strewn with tea bags


in various stages of being worked on.


An idea (or 2 or 3) has taken hold and demanded immediate attention.


My sewing machine no longer creates straight lines. Truthfully, it hasn't for a while now, but it's possible that the trip to and from Santa Fe effected it more than thought. Still, I tend to like the imperfectness of the lines and think they fit right in with the whole wabi sabi/boro aesthetic happening right now.


It's been a week for making marks by hand


and then by machine.


And as always, it's been a week for dreaming of the red boat.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Santa Fe - Monday

Day 2 in Santa Fe began with another spectacular sunrise. Cloud filled and more subdued than Sunday's, it seemed to echo the mood in the studio. 
 












You see, there'd been one of those late night calls that are dreaded when traveling. The phone rings, you see the caller's name, look at the clock to calculate the time at home and know that this isn't good. 

And it wasn't. My Grace had fallen off our back deck, landed badly on her left arm and broke it rather nastily just above the elbow. The local hospital was sending her via ambulance to Yale New Haven's pediatric section. My easy going, able-to-handle-anything-at-the-drop-of-a-hat husband was sounding very emotional while trying not to. (deep breath in, hold it, deep breath out...)

Texts went back and forth until I finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion. Monday morning had me calling Southwest Airlines, explaining the situation and changing my flight. I arrived home at nearly midnight Tuesday...in time to give hugs all round on Wednesday morning and get Ellie ready for school before heading up to the hospital for Grace's surgery. 5 pins inserted in her elbow and a whopping big cast for such a little urchin. 

We just had the one week follow-up and the healing is happening as it should. (insert humongous sigh of relief) Her blue sparkly cast is now green and very, very sparkly. Who knew that regular old glitter glue is the decoration of choice for sparkly casts in hospitals?

So...two weeks after experiencing a magical first day in Santa Fe, I'm sitting here hoping that life will return to some sort of normal this week. There's work to be done in the studio and my soul could use a good studio day...or 2...or 4...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Santa Fe - Sunday

On Saturday, Pam and I flew from our different parts of the country to meet up in Albuquerque and drive to a bit outside downtown Santa Fe for a week long art retreat. We arrived mid-evening, tired and just wanting to settle in...so that's what we did.

We woke early yesterday morning. Santa Fe time is 1 hour earlier than Pam's time and 2 hours earlier than mine. Belinda, the owner of Radiant Light Art Studio where we are staying, must have thought we were insane - up and moving furniture around in studio at 5 am to create our own workspace.

 sunrise - view out studio window

sunrise - view out studio door

We were working by 6 am and watching this glorious sunrise at 7:30 am.

 Pam unpacking and organizing


Even though Pam and I skype on Fridays as often as possible for a chat and studio show 'n tell, there's still nothing like seeing her work in person. The gentle tones, the movement and texture enchant me


and insure that I take far too many photos


of the details. 


We each came with a purpose - Pam is working on an large installation and the studio has plenty of open space for looking and wondering, working out the details before setting down to stitch.


About mid-day, our tummies began to remind us that food is a good thing so we went in search of Cafe Fina. Marianne over at Over the Rainbow, recommended Cafe Fina and all we can say is Thank you Marianne!!! The food is scrumptious. An instant favorite!


We sat outside to enjoy the warmth, sun and our meal. I was fascinated by the sunscreen over the courtyard. 


The shadows were works of art


as was the sunscreen itself.




There's even a play area for the little ones and a bocci court for the big ones. When was the last time you were encouraged to draw on a brick wall?


As we were waiting for dinner order (yes, it's that good - we even ordered something to go for dinner), I couldn't resist getting a shot of the stained glass behind the counter.


A quick stop at the grocery and we were on our way back to the studio where Mother Nature treated us to the most magnificent parade of rainbows ever. Seriously, the rainbows moved as the rain did - one minute only visible to the left of the mountain range, to the right a few minutes later. 3 minutes later, this lovely one was visible. The parade kept on for another 10 minutes or so, changing in the blink of an eye. Of the many photos I took, this is the best. 


All oohing, aahing, oh my-ing, look at that-ing and just plain old gaping at the rainbows out of our systems and it was time to get back to work.


Pam made lots of progress.


I did too, only not quite on the same scale. 


 sunset in the courtyard 

The land here is open. The sky is enormous, larger than the land itself. Radiant Light Studio sets on a small rise which offers the longest, clearest views I have ever experienced. As we watched the sun descend, quiet surrounded us, broken only by the occasional bird song or sound of bird wings flying past as they flitted and played in the tree behind our seats. Coyotes called a few times, but otherwise, it was silent and peaceful.

Simply exquisite.
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