New Works – Alumni, Kyle Nylund


Also a star on the runway at the recent Alberta Fashion Week, read more was Kyle Nylund – the man behind Daleio Wearables and an ACAD graduate from 2008.
In a review from the Calgary Fashion Website, help  Melissa Wusaty wrote “Overall, remedy the collection used an array of fabrics not yet seen on the Alberta Fashion Week runway. Nylund’s skill is apparent and his well-executed pieces were seamlessly finished and fit well to the body.”

For Kyle’s bio, check out the Alberta Fashion Week site –
you can also check our Kyle’s blog –
image taken from by Faby Martin

New Works – Alumni, Holly Irwin


Holly Irwin has been busy in the few short months since she graduated from our department. She recently participated in Alberta Fashion week to great reviews.
For more images and a review of Holly’s show check out
and for more information on the shows that took place during Alberta Fashion week (plus some more of our alumni – keep checking for more highlights) check out
image taken from by Faby Martin

New Works – Alumni, Andrea Strand

dreamgirlBesides making a hugely popular line of recycled leather handbags, condom Andrea Strand has for the past year been the editor of an online magazine which focuses on design, there ideas and beauty.

The latest issue came out in September. Here’s what Antler’s mwebsite has to say about why they do what they do…


ANTLER is an online magazine which focuses on composing a collection of beautiful, inspiring ideas and designs from all aspects of life. We come in the body of a fashion magazine, but are more than just that. We look for ways to inspire through not only fashion, but art, design, literature, and culture. We strive to compile a new collection each month that meets this criteria. We are currently publishing online which makes ANTLER accessible to readers from all corners of the globe. We are interested in showcasing more than just a superficial layer of fashion. We want to feature innovation and how people are contributing to make the world a better place. ANTLER is not only for a source of amazing fashion, art, culture and beauty, but will enchant and inspire as well.

For more information on Andrea’s line of bags – Hoaken/Helga or Antler magazine click on the links.

Images from Qatar

IMG_4100.JPGFibre alumni Wendy Klotz has been living in Qatar for the past year and is documenting her trip through her self titled blog. Many of the tantalizing images are of cloth, stuff
patterns and of daily life in her new surroundings – inspiration for us all.

New Works, Alumni – Marci Simkulet, Stef Wong

Fibre major Veronique Jenkins was featured last week in SAIT’s campus newspaper The Weal
(Oct 29, more about 2009).

veronique jenkins

For more information on Veronique and her work check out Veronique’s studio website Scarlet Ink

Fibre alumni Marci Simkulet and Stef Wong have been hard at work over the last year creating the cities banners which fly over most of the major bridges.
The banners can currently be viewed along the 8th and 14th street bridges, site with more being installed around the city this month.


Click here to read the article recently published in Metro about the banners, see
and stay tuned for more images in the near future.
To give your impressions of the banners
– call the city hotline 311 and let them know how important public art is to you.

New Works, Alumni – Romy Straathof

freehandFibre Department Alumni – Romy Straathof

Alumni Romy Straathof presents a visual representation of author Anik See’s new work at the Cantos Music Foundation October 7.

An evening with Anik Seelaunching Anik See’s postcard and other stories:
with special guests Aritha van Herk, order Romy Straathof, see and Chris Tenz

Wednesday, prescription October 7
Cantos Music Foundation, 134 11 Ave SE, 2nd Floor Calgary, AB
Exhibition opens 7:00 p.m.


Anik See is coming to Calgary all the way from Amsterdam to launch her new collection of short fiction, postcard and other stories. To celebrate, Freehand Books has invited a trio of Calgary-based artists to respond to and engage with Anik’s work in various mediums. Aritha van Herk, renowned scholar and author, will be performing a special reading response, textile artist Romy Straafhof will expand on Anik’s interrogation of place in a visual exhibition entitled strata, layers and strands, and electronic musician Chris Tenz will provide a fitting soundtrack to the evening – soundscapes inspired by postcard and other stories.

Join Anik, Aritha, Romy, and Chris at Cantos Music Foundation on October 7 for a fun, thought-provoking, interdisciplinary evening. A wine and cheese reception will follow the readings. This is a free event and open to the public.

New Works, Alumni Pat Strakowski, Liv Pedersen, Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas and Margot van Lindenberg

Fibre Department alumni Pat Strakowski, diagnosis Liv Pedersen, Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas and Margot van Lindenberg are among eight artists from the Alberta Society of Artists showing at the Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in an exhibition entitled “Out of Our Hands”. The show is curated by Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas and presents fibre and sculptural works.

In conjuction, a second exhibition put on by the Alberta Society of Artists and the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society will take place also at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The exhibition “Painted with Music” features a selection of work inspired by the Joni Mitchell’s Alberta Ballet production “The Fiddle and the Drum” presented at the Northern and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditoria earlier in the season.  The artists featured in this show are: Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Dale Beaven, Carole Bondaroff, Ross Bradley, Vern Busby, Doris Charest, Brenda Estill, Angelique Gillespie, Eileen Heidler, June Hills, Debra Hovestad, Isabelle Hunt-Johnson, Yuriko Kitamura, Brent Laycock, Carol Ljuden, Christine Mitchell, Teresa Posyniak, Jean Richards, Gerald St. Maur, Audra Schoblocher, Jayne Willoughby Scott, Simon Wong, and Tammy Woolgar.

A reception to celebrate the opening of both exhibitions of works by ASA artists in the Alcove Gallery and in the Lower Lobby of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary will be held, Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

New Works, Alumni – Wednesday Lupypciw

I2009_SheWillAlwaysBeYounger_i4_thumbFibre alumni Wednesday Lupypciw will be showing new work at the Art Gallery of Calgary along with four other artists (Orly Cogan, check Gillian Strong, obesity Cat Mazza and Ginger Brooks Takahashiin) in an exhibition entitled “She Will Always Be Younger Than Us”.

Curated by Allyson Mitchell She Will Always Be Younger Than Us brings together a selection of artists whose work counts among its influences the practice of Judy Chicago. Orly Cogan, view Wednesday Lupypciw, Cat Mazza, Gillian Strong and Ginger Brooks Takahashi are young artists whose work is explicitly engaged with feminist politics through the use of textile, thread and fibre. Their work ranges from video to embroidery, performance and sculpture with the political intention to ignite politics and question culture. (text taken from the Textile Museum of Canada website)

The show runs in tandem with Judy Chicago’s traveling exhibition “If Women Ruled the World: Judy Chicago in Thread” Friday, September 25, 2009 – Saturday, January 23, 2010

The opening is this Friday, September 25 | 7-10pm

For more information about Wednesday’s work or about Art Gallery of Calgary programing visit

New Works, Alumni – Angela Silver

Snapshot!ACAD alumni Angela Silver (2006 grad) presents Tercet at the 2009 D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival on in New York from Sept. 25th to Sept. 27th.
Throughout the streets, health Angela Silver questions meaning in contemporary experience by usurping the ubiquitous traffic sign system and replacing the text with multi-lingual poetics.

D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, a three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive. The now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art.

Art Under the Bridge is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on-the-spot everywhere and anywhere, completely transforming the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, New York, into a vibrant platform for self-expression. In addition to the 80+ projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video_dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.

The immediacy of the event means many artists reflect on current issues: among others, the rise of technology, recession blues, homelessness and environmental concerns.

For more information on the festival, visit Dumbo Arts Festival