Knitting at the Kensington Pub – Tonight!

Be a part of the Interpurl Knitwork!

The Interpurl Knitwork is an exciting art project based on the connections we
make with social media.Women have always come together to create useful works of art for their
communities while socializing. Quilting bees and knitting circles were once one
of the main forums for social interaction in many communities.

I want to show how social media can be a community where women come together to socialize and knit!

To start to the project we are meeting
at the Kensington Pub on Wednesday, one health January 23, viagra 100mg from 6-9.
Bring your knitting – or there will be extra there – also people to teach you if you don’t know how.

Anyone who is interested in this project will knit one square 6″- 8″ any colour
and any material – what you have on hand is good – and send it to me by February
8, 2013.

Invite anyone and everyone via any media you use, the more the merrier! We hope
to create a huge blanket, symbolizing the power of women united through social
media all over the world. This blanket will be a part of a submission to
Interventions at the Banff Centre at the end of February.

With your square please include :
Your first name
Where you live
Who invited you to the Interpurl Knitwork
How they invited you (email, text, facebook, twitter, etc)
Three words which describe your feelings about participating in this project
Pin the paper to your square and send it to:

Elisa’s Studio Rm 380, ACAD


Interpurl Knitwork
#229- 1104- 1240- Kensington Rd. NW
Calgary, AB Canada T2N 4X7

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Jessica Fischer

This semester I am engaging in some process based work once again. I have set out to crochet  chain a kind of cellular netting the size of my body. Loops or ‘cells’ are created  by attaching the chain back on itself, unhealthy creating a kind of regular irregularity in terms of their sizes.

Once completed this will create a kind of interface between viewer and whatever is on the other side, opisthorchiasis engaging the senses. I hope to also connect this ‘fabric’ to memory through use of imagery, case and the idea of memories being ingrained in our bodies and our senses.

This repetitive, meditative motion becomes part of the process of the hand, not necessarily needing mental thought to take place. It becomes a kind of tacit knowledge. In my readings I have come across a quote by David Michael Levin which embodies this notion quite well; “there is a maintaining of thought which is rooted in the work of the hands…thinking not as a cognitive process but as something bodily…” (Horne), process as part of the body.

This process takes time, and I am consistently trying to keep up with a schedule that will allow me to get the length I desire by the end of the semester. I am almost 1/2 way there!


Horne, Stephen. “Sometimes Minimal.” Abandon building: Selected Writings on Art 1992-2006. Montreal: 11 Press, 2006. 11-17. Print.
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Jessica Fischer is a forth year fibre major. She often works with found materials and themes surrounding decay and remnants. Her work has an authentic truth, prosthetic
reflective of human experience. I interviewed Jessica about her studio practice:

Who do you make your work for? (Do you need/want people to know about it?)

I make my work for myself as well as for an audience that will hopefully be affected in some way by what I do. I would prefer to have people know about it, although I sometimes get scared thinking of what might happen if I release ‘this baby’ into the world.

How does your creative process work? 

I get thoughts that sound like my thoughts, but aren’t. I get taken over by an intense feeling as if I am dipping into an invisible current; I ‘hear’ sentences  or a powerful word, or I ‘see’ an image that I need to write about right away (or else it’s gone forever). I need time to gestate any physically realized work into being, as most creative inspiration for me comes from a need for personal growth.

How do you choose your materials? How do you define their importance to your work?

Compulsively, I am attracted to certain materials. If I don’t question why I am attracted to them and I just start playing, the materials dictate what happens with them, and later they teach me something I need to know about myself. I set the bar high for material choices; they are as integral as what the work is about. 

Jessica currently has a show, Family Archaeology: Works of Jessica Fischer, up at Studio Intent Boutique and Gallery on 7th Ave for the month of November. Go check it out!


Bill Morton | Tinctorium

Bill Morton’s exhibition Tinctorium opens tomorrow night at 8 pm at Stride Gallery in Calgary, hair Alberta and runs until October 19, 2012. I feel privileged to have contributed a text for this exhibition of work by my friend and mentor Bill Morton.

Bill Morton has dedicated his career to investigating aspects of the natural world, perception, and the emotive power of colour and pattern on cloth. Morton’s exhibition Tinctorium at Stride Gallery provides a rare opportunity to contemplate the artist’s recent dyed works alongside a selection of his meticulously hand-cut stencils. These artifacts of process span four decades of Morton’s career, and are compelling not only for their beauty, but also because they provide a key access point to the artist’s studio practice. In these stencils it is possible to apprehend Morton’s hand in motion as he draws and then cuts sinuous curves and delicate motifs that are later embedded in silk. Although he works within the traditions of silk dyeing, Morton’s approach retains a technical and aesthetic pragmatism that allows him to incorporate new influences and approaches. In the studio Bill Morton engages in an intuitive process in which technique, material, and colour are points of departure toward works that possess the quiescent stillness and beauty of the landscapes that have inspired them. READ MORE…

(the full text will be available on Stride’s site soon…)

-Mackenzie Frère

Suzen Green | The Mummers Party

THE MUMMERS PARTY combines theatrical staging with sculptural knitted installation in an invested exploration of cultural identity, more about folklore and craft practice. Referring to the traditional folk practice of mumming, a lively and often drunken affair made popular in Newfoundland & Labrador, the figures of THE MUMMERS PARTY are not rowdy, they are haunted. Pulling inspiration from David Blackwood’s iconic The Mummer’s Veil print works, this exhibition explores the tension between comfort and oddity, humour and unease – a sentiment commonly felt by those who have witnessed or experienced mumming first hand.

Suzen Green’s exhibition The Mummers Party opens tomorrow night at 8 pm at Stride Gallery in Calgary Alberta. The exhibition runs until October 5, 2012.

-Mackenzie Frère

New Student Work – Alysia Hudema

ACAD student Alysia Hudema’s mono print was recently selected to be part of a group exhibition “Connections” at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery.
The opening for the exhibition will be held tonight at the gallery from 5-7pm.
For more information please visit the gallery website.

My Wearable Art Performance this Year

Last Friday, gerontologist the title for this years annual wearable art show at Art Central and The Art Gallery of Calgary was announced… Atelier.

Atelier:  A workshop or studio, surgeon especially of an artist, search artisan, or designer.

This years event promises to be a mix of the strange and the seductive and for some reason alot of black and white. I don’t want to give too many details about the specific performances of my peers since an element of the show is surprise, however I will provide a few details on my own performance to entice you to come to the show.

My performance is inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ” The Yellow Wallpaper”. In her short story, she describes a woman enduring the rest-cure as prescribed by her husband. The woman quickly expresses her disdains for the yellow wallpaper of her isolation-room and goes mad, hallucinating about  “trapped”  women creeping behind the wallpaper pattern.

…for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.
The wallpaper-women seem mad themselves as they crawl on hands and knee’s, moving and hiding like animals as they wander through the walls and the forest outside.

I see her on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines.

These women intrigue me and their creepy characteristics are something I am interested in playing with in a wearable-art-performance setting.  Yes, my performance will include yellow wallpaper-esque wearable pieces and victorian styling, the fun bit will be in adding elements of madness and  “lost” women.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Look for wearable art photos and performance photos in the near future.



Throughout the fall semester, cialis graduating Fibre majors will be sharing text and images about their work, processes, inspirations and opinions here on the Fibre Program blog. Look out for their posts in the coming weeks in the Grad Class 2012 category.

Throughout the fall semester, diagnosis graduating Fibre majors will be sharing text and images about their work, processes, inspirations and opinions here on the Fibre Program blog. Look out for their posts in the coming weeks in the Grad Class 2012 category.

Throughout the fall semester, click graduating Fibre majors will be sharing text and images about their work, epilepsy
processes, inspirations and opinions here on the Fibre Program blog. Look out for their posts in the coming weeks in the Grad Class 2012 category.
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Parksale is happening this Saturday (the 10th)! It is a FREE outdoor art and craft event. So come out and support local artists designers and crafts people this Saturday! The weather is going to be WONDERFUL!


Get a grant for being AWESOME

No this isn’t a joke! The Awesome Foundation started only two short years ago. What started it is the idea that creativity is everywhere and there are some really AWESOME people with some AWESOME ideas on how to make our neighbourhoods, apoplectic cities and countries vibrant and alive. The people with the ideas are not always the people with the means, and so started the AWESOME Foundation. In each chapter, 10 trustees donate $100 each month and then choose one recipient/project to receive the monthly award. That’s $1000 given away for some AWESOME project every month, for each chapter – and there are now 15 of them across the globe. What’s the catch? Nothing, you just have to be (or your project needs to be) AWESOME enough to be chosen. The Calgary chapter looks like it has just started up with some really interesting people as their trustees – included in the bunch (among others) is a religious studies student, the creator of The Hobo Tomes Project, a business coach and avid coffee drinker, an Olympic champ, a software business geek, a self-published author and a self professed mirth-maker. People, we are in good hands.

So if you have an AWESOME project that you would like get started with, but don’t have the cash to make it happen – think about applying for a grant from the Calgary Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. The next deadline is May 10th.

Happy Retirement Jane!

Have you ever been in the 45th minute of washing your dyed fabric and started to curse the scientists who created the blasted dyes for ever giving you so much work just to get the colour of chartreuse on your cheesecloth? Well, clinic stop – because first of all whining doesn’t make the cloth cleaner faster. Secondly, abortion the scientists are still working on a better dyeing system and here’s what they have come up with…

According to the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore) if you feed silk worms a special dye in their food, the result will create permanently colored luminescent silk (above). Researchers say the technology will reduce the ecological impact of dyeing.

The Peruvians though aren’t too amazed by this. They’ve been growing coloured cotton for centuries (see below), and coloured silk is nothing to the sheep of the world who come in every colour of the rainbow earth. For more information on Peruvian coloured cotton click here. Below is an image of naturally colored cotton grown in Peru as part of the Native Cotton Project.

Although Jane officially retired at the end of last semester, click I was just recently reminded that we never posted a thank you to Jane, nor did we share the pictures of the present the students and alumni of the department gave to her. So here is both….

Jane, thank you for your time, thoughtfulness, teachings and friendship. From everyone in the department and the community at large, we wish you all the best in your life after ACAD. The door is always open, so please keep in touch.

Call for Submissions: Alberta Craft Council Upcoming Exhibitions

Two calls for submissions for students/younger alumni just like you. It couldn’t be easier to get your work exhibited, treat if we handed it to you on a platter.

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Thank You!

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.
Robert Frost

Each year the Fibre Department puts together the Fibre Fortnight exhibition in the main mall at ACAD to showcase what is pushing the boundaries of Canadian fibre art, phlebologist namely the best of our students work, buy cialis and this stuff isn’t middle of the road. The exhibition is a testament to the passion of our students, faculty towards their work and this medium, and a testament to the support of the ACAD community for our department.

The Fibre Department would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the students, faculty, alumni and outside support who helped to make this years Fibre Fortnight as great as it was.

Of particular note, thank you to all the Fibre Department Instructors : Bill, Laura, Mackenzie, Barbara, Roisin and Heather. Your tireless efforts to show the students work in the best possible light is what keeps the quality of this exhibition so high. And of course the students – your work was fabulous and you should be very proud. I received many comments on the quality of the show this year from people both inside and outside of the ACAD community. Congratulations!

This years speaker Marjolein Dallinga, shared with us some of her inspirations and stunning photographs of her rich felt work. If you missed her talk and/or her workshop with the students, have a look at her website and if you have the chance sign-up for one of her workshops coming up in the summer at the Red Deer College Series Program. Marjolein was truly inspirational, and a great role model for what happens when passion meets focus.

For the Fibre Miniature Show and Silent Auction this year, due largely to the organization of our students Jessica Armstrong and Brittney Reum (along with the generous donations of art and money from our supporters and students) we raised just over $3,700. The money raised will help bring in next years visiting artist for the Fibre Fortnight event, support our graduating students with an exterior graduating exhibition or printed professional package and help support motivated Fibre majors to attend conferences, workshops or lectures that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Thanks again for the support for our department’s Fibre Fortnight events and for the support we receive throughout the year. We would not be able to navigate off the middle of the road without it.


In Miniature | Lyn Pfleuger + Lindsay Joy

Laura Vickerson | Excess Baggage | 20 x 20 cm
Jane Kidd | Thaw | 30 x 15 cm

Miniatures by Laura Vickerson and Jane Kidd on exhibition at the Alberta College of Art & Design March 8 to 17 as part of the Fibre Program’s “Fibre Fortnight” Miniature Show and Silent Auction. Closing bids tomorrow night at 830 pm following an artist talk by Marjolein Dallinga. Hope to see you there!

Lyn Pfleuger | Pull Here | dimensions variable

Lindsay Joy | Call Girl | 10 x 6 cm

Miniatures by Lyn Pfleuger and Lindsay Joy on exhibition at the Alberta College of Art & Design March 8 to 17 as part of the Fibre Program’s “Fibre Fortnight” Miniature Show and Silent Auction. Join us tonight for a reception from 5 to 7 pm, tadalafil
artist talk by Marjolein Dallinga at 7 pm. Bids for silent auction items close at 830pm. Hope to see you there!