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Knit-A-Thon

The Little Hippies Foundation is a Calgary-based organization that provides free yoga programs to kids who are sick, prescription recovering, approved have Special Needs, web or who come from low-income families.

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This winter, we are bringing our community (including Y O U !) together for a Knit-A-Thon to fundraise money to support these programs & mental health initiatives!

When: January 31st, 2016  10am-5pm

Where: Eau Claire Market Community Space

Who: Anyone + Everyone – No knitting experience required!

What: Knitting scarves, mitts, toques, etc. for 7-ish hours to raise money for The Little Hippies Foundation. Live local music + performers, warm drinks, and yummy food provided for participants.

All knitted goods will be donated to kids at Inn from the Cold and Journey House- a transitional housing unit for single mothers. (Can’t finish? Don’t worry! We have volunteers who will be finishing up all unfinished projects)

For more information, please go to their website

Laura Vickerson: The Between

This Friday the Esker had an opening for two exhibitions, buy Jack Bush: In Studio and Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins. I felt completely comforted seeing paintings along with collaged linen both focused on colour presented within one gallery, it was everything I could ask for in a show! These are two artists I will continue to research and take inspiration from.

Jack Bush: In Studio included 20 paintings made by Jack Bush, a Canadian painter who worked on a large scale with colour as his main subject matter. The exhibition was meant as an ode to his time spent in his own studio.

“The most intimate conversations held in the studio were between Jack and his primary subject: colour. He once told curator and critic Karen Wilkin that colour would speak to him – telling him what colour might be placed next, and so on. ”

– Sarah Stanners

Colleen Heslin’s collages filled the left half of the gallery space. Heslin’s work is referred to as ‘painting’ by the curator, but I would call it textile collaging meets painting. She has sewn together linen and cotton which have been dyed or ink stained. The pieces are then stretched onto a paint stretcher. Heslin explores the themes always present in textiles (femininity, domesticity) in combination with painting and of course colour. From a distance, they appear as paintings, mostly because they are hung on the wall. As you move closer one can begin to appreciate the handiwork involved in creating her pieces.

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 Jack Bush. Big A, 1963-1965.

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Colleen Heslin. Attitude, 2015.

If you haven’t already, you should go see the show! Hooray for colour!

 

See and read further on the show/ their work here:

http://eskerfoundation.com

http://www.colleenheslin.com

https://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist.php?iartistid=816

-Emily
Hope to see you at the Nickle Galleries, ailment
Thursday February 4th!

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Gather and Be Alone Together Closing Reception

As I continue my colour research I must acknowledge the artists who work with the absence of colour. Two artists I have been looking at are Maximilian Schubert and Piero Manzoni, what is ed who have a very similar aesthetic.

Schubert is an American artist working with materials towards a minimalist end result. One series of his  imagines “painting-as-object”, anabolics mixing sculpture and painting elements into one. The pieces are done in an all white palette which are then left titled Untitled. Another series inspired by drawing, treat uses brass to create sculptural or 3D drawings. Information on him and his art is limited on line, while lots of images are available.

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Format #14- #16, 2013. Brass.

Untitled, 2013. Cast acrylic polyurethane, epoxy, fibreglass, acrylic and vinyl paint.

Manzoni was an Italian artist living from 1933-1963. He is the artist we all know as the guy who canned his own feces and sold it as art. However, what I am interested in is his sculptural, monochromatic paintings. Similar to Schubert’s pieces, Manzoni drew his inspiration from questioning traditional artistic practices, experimenting with new materials and really playing into conceptual art.

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Achrome, 1960. Kaolin on canvas.

Achrome, 1962. Fibreglass on velvet-covered wood.

 

See Schubert’s work and writing on it here:

http://www.mutualart.com/Exhibitions/Maximilian-Schubert/3AC64AE484AAC775#Info

https://www.artsy.net/artist/maximilian-schubert/works

 

See Manzoni’s work and writing on it here:

http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/3741?=undefined&page=1

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/piero-manzoni-1571

 

-Emily
Please join us on Thursday, physician
January 21 from 5 to 7PM at John Fluevog Calgary (207 8 Ave SW) for the closing reception of Gather and Be Alone Together.

This group exhibition features the work of seven fibre artists from Alberta College of Art + Design. Gather and Be Alone Together explores the community of craft and the solitude of creation. The works show a wide range of fibre techniques including weaving, surgeon
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knitting and cloth dyeing. Many of the works exemplify the importance of the hand-made and explore the significance of this in today’s society. Works in the show present us with quiet reflections of the artist’s meditations and hold the memories of their process in the creation of the work.

The show takes its name from a quote by Ann Hamilton, a contemporary artist who draws inspiration from one of the most well known textile artists in history, Anni Albers. A nod to both past and present, you are invited to Gather and Be Alone Together.

 

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WHERE NEXT?: Creative Writing, Narrative, Film and Contemporary Art

February 12-13, gonorrhea 2016:
https://www.acad.ca/where-next-creative-writing-narrative-film-and-contemporary-art
https://derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/where-next-creative-writing-narrative-film-and-contemporary-art/

A two day symposium discussing writing and text-art in a trans-media
environment. Featuring discussions and performances by nationally and
internationally renowned speakers on the role of creative writing, narrative
and story-telling in visual and digital art & craft, performance,
screen-writing and pedagogy.

“Where Next?” features nationally and internationally-recognized artists,
Calgarian teachers and practitioners, ACAD staff and students – all focused
on creative writing and radical pedagogy. Join us for two days of
cutting-edge conversation and performance on the role of creative writing
within an arts discourse and how writing overlaps teaching and learning.

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Co-ordinated by Calgary’s 2014-2016 Poet Laureate, and ACAD Instructor,
Derek Beaulieu.

**Tickets for this 2-day symposium are only $80 ($50 with student discount) and
include all lectures and meals**

Tickets are available here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2471324
(student discount available by entering the code ACADCreativeWriter)

Keynote Presentations
Jason Edward Lewis (Montreal, QC): Concordia University Research Chair in
Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary. Co-founder of the
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network and the Skins
Workshops on Aboriginal storytelling and video game design.

Francesca Capone (Portland, OR, USA) is a visual artist who works with
interdisciplinary practices. She is currently exhibiting at LUMA/Westbau,
The Last Brucennial, The Gelman Gallery at the RISD Museum, Publication
Studio Hudson and The Granoff Center at Brown University. She is the author
of Weaving Language: Writing in Threads.

Liz Worth (Toronto, ON): Worth?s first book was the first in-depth account
of the history of Toronto?s punk music scene entitled Treat Me Like Dirt: An
Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, which created a renewed interest
in preserving the history of Canadian punk. Her most recent collection is No
Work Happens Here, a poetic response to Andy Warhol?s novel a: a novel. As a
performance artist, Worth is performs solo and as one-half of Salt Circle, a
Toronto-based duo that combines spoken word, noise, and ritual and
performance elements.

Performance
Tamara Himmelspach

Panelists
Ashok Mathur
Nick Sousanis
Cheryl Foggo
Larissa Lai
Devyani Saltzman
Natali Rodrigues
Silas Kaufman
Christian Bok
Riley Rossmo
Joe Hospodarec
Victoria Braun
Natalie Lauchlan
Jen Mizuik
Wendy Hill-Tout
Heather Huston
Alex Link
Sarah Grodecki
Naoko Masuda
Andrew Wreggitt

For more information, contact:
derek beaulieu
derek@housepress.ca
www.derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com

Call for submission

The ACAD Fibre program is seeking submissions for the 2016 Miniature show/ Silent auction! Please contact jolie.bird@acad.ca for more details.

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Production sewing class coming this February!

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ACAD Alumni Bree Zorel and her partner Juan Jose have started Tenderfield: adventures in handmade, remedy
ethical textiles sourced from Chile and/ or made in Canada.

Tenderfield celebrates considerate design and slow cloth – textiles that are handmade, recycled, all-natural, fair trade, and made with purpose. We believe in supporting textile knowledge and technologies, skill sharing, and cloth as a community building activity. We teach classes and provide thoughtfully made goods for those who appreciate the delights of slowly and considerately made textiles.

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Tenderfield fibres, whether yarns or recycled fabrics, are chosen for their pure natural fibre content whenever possible. Natural fibres include alpaca, lambswool, cashmere, merino, linen, leather, silk, and cotton. Whether hailing from flora or fauna, we believe that the pleasure of natural fibres next to our skin and in our homes is the squishiest, softest, and loveliest thing we could ask.

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Tenderfield is helping support the continuation of hand made textile traditions through the practice, economic support, and transmission of knowledge of knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, shoemaking, mending, and other traditional fibre techniques. Artisans are all paid a fair wage for their creations, whether articles are made in Canada or in South America. 
ACAD Alumni Bree Zorel and her partner Juan Jose have started Tenderfield: adventures in handmade, Mycoplasmosis
ethical textiles sourced from Chile and/ or made in Canada.

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Tenderfield celebrates considerate design and slow cloth – textiles that are handmade, recycled, all-natural, fair trade, and made with purpose. We believe in supporting textile knowledge and technologies, skill sharing, and cloth as a community building activity. We teach classes and provide thoughtfully made goods for those who appreciate the delights of slowly and considerately made textiles.

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Tenderfield fibres, whether yarns or recycled fabrics, are chosen for their pure natural fibre content whenever possible. Natural fibres include alpaca, lambswool, cashmere, merino, linen, leather, silk, and cotton. Whether hailing from flora or fauna, we believe that the pleasure of natural fibres next to our skin and in our homes is the squishiest, softest, and loveliest thing we could ask.

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Tenderfield is helping support the continuation of hand made textile traditions through the practice, economic support, and transmission of knowledge of knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, shoemaking, mending, and other traditional fibre techniques. Artisans are all paid a fair wage for their creations, whether articles are made in Canada or in South America. 

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ACAD Alumni Bree Zorel and her partner Juan Jose have started Tenderfield: adventures in handmade, ask
ethical textiles sourced from Chile and/ or made in Canada.

Tenderfield celebrates considerate design and slow cloth – textiles that are handmade, viagra recycled, this
all-natural, fair trade, and made with purpose. We believe in supporting textile knowledge and technologies, skill sharing, and cloth as a community building activity. We teach classes and provide thoughtfully made goods for those who appreciate the delights of slowly and considerately made textiles.

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Tenderfield fibres, whether yarns or recycled fabrics, are chosen for their pure natural fibre content whenever possible. Natural fibres include alpaca, lambswool, cashmere, merino, linen, leather, silk, and cotton. Whether hailing from flora or fauna, we believe that the pleasure of natural fibres next to our skin and in our homes is the squishiest, softest, and loveliest thing we could ask.

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Tenderfield is helping support the continuation of hand made textile traditions through the practice, economic support, and transmission of knowledge of knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, shoemaking, mending, and other traditional fibre techniques. Artisans are all paid a fair wage for their creations, whether articles are made in Canada or in South America. 
The Sewing Production Class is a 4 hour intensive masterclass where students will come out with 5 quality sewn products ready to sell. If you want to improve your sewing, purchase get faster and make something to sell at show and sell, urticaria
this is for you. You can sign-up for more information and a checklist to get ready for selling at a craft sale at http://eepurl.com/bLjezT <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Feepurl.com%2FbLjezT&h=jAQH6QUHP>

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Fibre tea party

Happy holidays to you and yours! Here we are enjoying some delicious treats by a roaring fire.

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In Conversation: Paul Hardy, Susan Nance and Janice Wright Cheney

The only other studio class I am taking this semester is a Linocut print class with Heather Huston (PRNT 211), approved so I was wanting to somehow connect that with the only fibre class I was taking! As most of you know, one health I’ve been focusing on crystal and fossil imagery in my fibre work so obviously that is what I included in my prints.

For the first project, surgery I used the ammonite fossil as my main image:

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photo by Madison Appleton

The first assignment was a simple black image and was used to become familiar with the technique.

 

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photo by Madison Appleton

crystal print detail

detail shot by Madison Appleton

As the class went on we were taught how to experiment more with colour and different techniques and layers. This was exciting for me because I love to play with colour in my fibre work! For my second project I chose to go with the crystal image. I was wanting to create a sense of heaviness on the bottom of the image – a weight or force.

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Madison Appleton

photo by Madison Appleton

For the last project we were given free reign, so I decided to stick with my crystals but combine them with fibre. I created a crystal print for crystal pouches – something to keep your precious crystals and gems safe! I used the materials and colours that I did because I wanted to give off a comfy and warm feeling, a cozy feeling. I had an interesting discovery while making these – prints by definition are made almost in a production line which I was not enjoying when I started down that path for the grad class…but I really enjoyed the process in making these pouches! What was the difference? Maybe it was the technique? I still don’t know but I am excited to grow some more and find out.

~Madde~

Tuesday, case
December 8

7pm
Members $10/General $12

Artist Janice Wright Cheney and animal humanities professor Susan Nance join Glenbow artist-in-residence Paul Hardy to discuss the relationship between humans and animals in design and culture. Moderated by Melanie Kjorlien.

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Visiting Artist: Rowland Ricketts

Fibre Fortnight is coming up next semester, approved so I thought I would share the work of Rowland Ricketts, our visiting artist this year.

Ricketts trained in Japan, learning how to farm and dye with indigo.  His work uses traditional techniques and natural processes to create woven and dyed works of art.  Ricketts also creates large installation pieces, working with the gallery space to create an environment for the viewer.

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I am Ai, We are Ai – Warehouse Installation, Japan, 2012

Rickett’s artist statement begins beautifully with an explination of his process and feelings towards his materials.  He states, “The smell of an indigo vat just as it begins fermenting and springs to life is one of ripeness; a moment of rich potentiality when, as a maker, I momentarily stand between the history of the materials and processes that helped me get the indigo thus far and the promise of all the works that the vat is still yet to realize.”  

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Past Present, Ohio, 2010

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Red Aligned and Centered, Yellow

Rowland Ricketts will be showing his work at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon from January 29, 2016 until June 04, 2016.  That means that if we go on our grad trip to Portland, a wide range of his work will be available for us to view.

All images were taken from Rickett’s website: http://www.rickettsindigo.com/

-Madison

 

Fibre Majors: Call for Submissions

 

Have you ever read Selvedge Magazine? The school library has a subscription and I highly recommend checking it out. A friend of mine got me a digital subscription for my birthday. It is a beautiful publication full of some of my favourite things: textiles in fashion, fine art, interiors, travel and shopping.

I read a really great article in issue 59 this morning written by Kim Werker called: Ugly on Purpose, which also appears in the book Craftivism: The Art of Craft & Activism by Betsy Greer. In the article she discusses overcoming your fear of failure by making something ugly. She came up with the project “Mighty Ugly” when she was faced with the challenge of making a doll. She decided to alleviate her fear of screwing up by intentionally making the doll ugly. This was a profound experience, liberating her from the pressure she put on her self to make things perfect.

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From here, her project flourished. She held workshops and invited people to make ugly dolls with her. They would discuss the ugly voices that we all to listen to saying: “You can’t do it” “It’s not worth trying” and “Nobody will care anyways…”

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By listening to that voice and letting it convince you not to make something or not to speak out is doing yourself a disservice. “If there’s even a small chance our creations or conversations will make someone smile or raise someone’s consciousness or inspire reflection, that’s reason enough to create or converse.”

Kim Werker now has a book on her project as well as a website: http://www.mightyugly.com/

I really enjoyed reading this piece, it has a lot of parallels to my ideas and work with stains on cloth. Making something ugly is really the beginning of something beautiful 🙂

-Carly

 
 

The Fibre Department is now accepting submissions for our annual show at the Peanut Gallery at John Fluevog Calgary.  The show will run from December 14th until January 30th and is open exclusively to fibre majors.  Submissions must be in by Tuesday, medicine
December 1st
, online
no later than 12:00PM.

Submissions can be emailed to: madisoncpotter@gmail.com. Within the body of your email, Hemorrhoids
please include:

  1. Your name and year of study
  2. Contact information (non-ACAD email if necessary)

Attach to email in PDF form:

  1. A statement (maximum 300 words) that describes the work you are submitting and a brief explanation of your practice as an artist
  2. A point form description of the work that includes:
    1. Title of the work
    2. Materials
    3. Dimensions
    4. Installation requirements
  3. Digital images of your work (minimum 2)
    1. Must be jpeg files
    2. Images must be properly lit and in focus
    3. Please make your images 150 dpi and 1200 pixels along the longest side
    4. If your work requires video or sound please submit electronic files

Please make sure all attached files are in PDF form. The Peanut Gallery does not provide plinths, so please consider work that can be installed without the use of a plinth. The date of installation for the show will be on December 13, 2015 and artists must be available to install their work on that day between 12-5.

If you have any questions about the submission process prior to the deadline, please feel free to contact Madison Potter at madisoncpotter@gmail.com

-Madison

Interiors, Other Chambers: The Collections of Celia Perrin Sidarous

The Esker Foundation (arguably the best gallery in the city) is currently displaying works by two artists in the main gallery space.  The show that struck me the most was Celia Perrin Sidarous, psychiatrist as her work is all related to collection.  Perrin Sidarous is a collector, who documents her collections through still life photography.  The objects she chooses to photograph together create striking images.

These materials are brought together through an intuitive process; a new object or image is kept if it resonates or shares an affinity with other objects in the collection.” -Esker Foundation Website

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Exhibition View, 2015 (image courtesy the Esker foundation website)

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Folding Fan, hands, Venus, geode and hairstyle, detail, 2015 (image courtesy the Esker foundation website)

Make sure to check out the Esker Foundation’s exhibition of Celia Perrin Sidarous’ work, Interiors, Other Chambers.  The exhibition runs until December 20th.

-Madison

Natural Prints on Cloth Opening

Gallery Poster- Fall 2015 opening

All are welcome to the opening next week!

-Caroline

La triennale internationale des arts textiles en Outaouais

A fast approaching call for submissions!

http://www.triennale-outaouais.com/english.html

Cactus Curious

I recently visited artist Claire Coutts in the Gallerie Gaulin. Her show: Cactus Therapy was a curious and colourful exhibition. It prompted me to reflection on art as play and dream about travelling. Claire is a print major at ACAD and she is also the director of the Marion Nicoll Gallery. We chatted about all sorts of things that informed this questionnaire I made for her to fill out.

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Thanks for hanging out Claire! xo

– Carly

Picasso Made a Lot of Sculptures

Featuring more than 100 sculptures, recuperation Picasso Sculptures, erectile is currently on display at the MoMa in New York City until February 7, syphilis 2016.  I flew through the exhibition in twenty minutes because of time restrictions, but all of the work looked truly spectacular in person.  The highlight was definitely Picasso’s Guitar sculpture, which he made in Paris in 1912.  It’s also the only work we managed to take a picture of… but shout out to Art History 101 for introducing me to the importance of this work.

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-Madison

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