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We’ve lost Shuttleworks but not access to Maurice Brassard yarns

Last year I took a huge leap out of my comfort zone and enrolled in 3 ceramic courses at ACAD ceramic courses. At the time I was looking for a challenge, more about I left as if I had become too comfortable in my textile work and was no longer feeling a need to push and develop ideas. I was lucky enough to have Katrina Chaytor as my Introduction to Handbuilding instructor, and Robin Dupont as my Introduction to wheel throwing instructor. I remember my very first throwing class feeling as if I would never be able to move a 1 pound of clay into anything resembling a vessel, but still managed to accept the challenge it presented.

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Katrina Chaytor. Cups and Saucers. Hand-built Earthenware with slip, glazes and iron transfers. Web. 19 Oct 2016.

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Robin Dupont. Soda Fired Plates. 2012. Web. 19 Oct 2016.

What I learned in that semester was not only a multitude of skills and practices that I will carry throughout my life, but also the to practice care. To do the things you care about, to cherish new obstacles as an opportunity to grow as an artist and a person. I think what I learned the most is that the work I care about most is the work that doesn’t sit on a wall in a gallery, it is the work that I get to touch, use and cherish every day. Art can be enjoyed not only intellectually and visual but also physically. As I seek to develop more functional work for the use in the home exemplifying care has become an essential part of my practice.

Visit Katrina’s site here

And Robin’s here

-Rael
There are two things about weaving supplies I would like to share with you all right away:

  1. Shuttleworks is CLOSED!
    Cal and Diane will have a final “last chance” sale starting Thursday, prescription
    October 6.  Check out their newsletter for the details.
  2. A & B Fiberworks
    This summer I discovered A & B Fiberworks at the Calgary Crossroads Market. Ann and her husband are the new local distributor for Maurice Brassard yarns (these are the same cottons that both Shuttleworks and the bookstore carried). Their store space at the market is small but they have most of the 2/8 cotton colorway in stock.Ann has all of the sample cards from the Maurice Brassard collection (bamboo, more about
    boucle, cottolin, etc.) available for perusing and she told me she would be happy to order in anything that you may need.

    A & B Fiberworks have both a website and Facebook page.

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Yarn Box

This semester I am taking a painting class. For the second project I had researched artist Lydia Gifford and applied three of her themes to my piece. This included monochromatic materials, try
layering and challenging traditional methods of painting in combination with sculptural aspects. Here I was able to reverse my artistic practice, which is usually deconstructing painting through colour, to the use of paint with very tactile materials.
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
This year for Christmas one of my favourite gifts my mom gave to me was a three month subscription to a company called Yarn Box.

They have four different subscriptions you can choose from:

Yarn Box Socks which is the cheapest subscription, recipe you usually get enough wool to knit a pair of socks this also includes a pattern.

Yarn Box Classic which is what I have been getting. My first project I got enough wool to knit a shawl and my second project was a knit plush kitten toy pattern. They also give crochet patterns with this subscription.

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Yarn Box Luxe is a seasonal subscription so only 4 a year. You get a lot of wool in this package its one of the most expensive ones but you get really interesting fibres. This also includes a pattern.

And the last one is called Yarn Box Art Yarns this one is also seasonal and more expensive but you get a lot of wool and really interesting fibres.

Im really happy with what I have been getting I would recommend this to anyone who likes to knit or crochet. There is usually up to 5 different color-ways for each month and they are all usually pretty nice. When you sign up you get to customize what colours and yarn weights you like so they can try and match up the best yarn for you.

 

-Nicole

 

 

Material Choices

Some of the wool I have been using this semester comes from a company called:

Wool and the Gang.

 

They sell interesting fibres like their mixtape yarn which is made from upscycled t-shirt scraps.

Or the Jersey Be Good yarn which uses scraps from factory floors in the fashion industry.

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I usually just buy their Crazy Sexy Wool because wool is my favourite fibre to knit with and is natural, viagra order renewable and biodegradable.

 

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Wool and the Gang has been changing the way fashion is created and consumed. They sell sustainable products and patterns, and sell readymade hand knit clothes and accessories.

They also try to promote people to learn to knit to promote people to buy less and make more.

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” Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.”  -Wool and the Gang

 

-Nicole

Uncommon Threads: Habu

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Ann Hamilton stands firmly as one of the most inspirational. Ann is a widely recognized artist for her large-scale multi media installations. She received her BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979, and went on to complete her MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Ann’s work has a continuous element of delicacy and an ethereal quality that I am inherently drawn to. Her work has a tendency to be meditative, which I believe may be the root of why she stands as a strong figure in my artistic practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

The Event of a Thread is a well-known exhibition that took place in New York. I have chosen to speak specifically to this work simply because it is the most applicable to my practice at this time. In this work, the space is transformed by a massive piece of cloth which is connected to swings throughout the space. When used, the swings cause the cloth to raise and lower with the movement. This piece is an effective example of reforming a space so that it is re-considered by the audience. Although Hamilton has the resources for work of this scale, the conceptual backbone of the viewer’s experience is what remains inspirational to my practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

 

You can view an Art21 video on The Event of a Thread here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fJ4umqXGjM

And visit Ann’s website and read a beautiful statement on The Event of a Thread here: http://www.annhamiltonstudio.com/projects/armory.html

 

-Marcia
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Ann Hamilton stands firmly as one of the most inspirational. Ann is a widely recognized artist for her large-scale multi media installations. She received her BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979, healing
and went on to complete her MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Ann’s work has a continuous element of delicacy and an ethereal quality that I am inherently drawn to. Her work has a tendency to be meditative, which I believe may be the root of why she stands as a strong figure in my artistic practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

The Event of a Thread is a well-known exhibition that took place in New York. I have chosen to speak specifically to this work simply because it is the most applicable to my practice at this time. In this work, the space is transformed by a massive piece of cloth which is connected to swings throughout the space. When used, the swings cause the cloth to raise and lower with the movement. This piece is an effective example of reforming a space so that it is re-considered by the audience. Although Hamilton has the resources for work of this scale, the conceptual backbone of the viewer’s experience is what remains inspirational to my practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

 

You can view an Art21 video on The Event of a Thread here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fJ4umqXGjM

And visit Ann’s website and read a beautiful statement on The Event of a Thread here: http://www.annhamiltonstudio.com/projects/armory.html

 

-Marcia

 

 

 

 

 
Though I have many artists who I look up to, generic
Ann Hamilton stands firmly as one of the most inspirational. Ann is a widely recognized artist for her large-scale multi media installations. She received her BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979, sales and went on to complete her MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Ann’s work has a continuous element of delicacy and an ethereal quality that I am inherently drawn to. Her work has a tendency to be meditative, which I believe may be the root of why she stands as a strong figure in my artistic practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

The Event of a Thread is a well-known exhibition that took place in New York. I have chosen to speak specifically to this work simply because it is the most applicable to my practice at this time. In this work, the space is transformed by a massive piece of cloth which is connected to swings throughout the space. When used, the swings cause the cloth to raise and lower with the movement. This piece is an effective example of reforming a space so that it is re-considered by the audience. Although Hamilton has the resources for work of this scale, the conceptual backbone of the viewer’s experience is what remains inspirational to my practice.

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

Source: annhamiltonstudio.com

 

You can view an Art21 video on The Event of a Thread here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fJ4umqXGjM

And visit Ann’s website and read a beautiful statement on The Event of a Thread here: http://www.annhamiltonstudio.com/projects/armory.html

 

-Marcia

 

 

 

 

 
My practice has always been directed towards the incorporation of different materials in weaving.  For the last year I have been using metal in combination with different types of silk to create textured weavings.  While often difficult to use, see
the results have been worth the learning curve of using an incredibly weak material.  I source my metal threads from Habu, a Japanese supplier based out of Colorado (http://habutextiles.com/).  Habu offers novelty yarns, as well as a wide variety of metal threads.

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Aside from providing these uncommon materials, Habu also sells knitting patterns that show you how to create wearable garments out of the metal fibres.

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In Calgary, Pudding Yarn (1516 6 St SW) offers a small selection of Habu threads.  Otherwise, the materials are easy to order online and always arrive quickly.  Habu is my go to, so check out the awesome and uncommon fibres they have to offer.

-Madison

Material Satisfaction

One of my favourite fibre artist’s of all time is Roanna Wells.  I stumbled upon her work on instagram and immediately fell in love.  She embroiders black thread onto cream coloured wool to represent an overhead view of crowd formations at various events throughout history.  She calls this body of work Interpersonal Spatial Arrangements.  Wells describes this work by saying, recipeInterpersonal Spatial Arrangements look at the way in which we, hemophilia as a human species, have the power to express common thought, opinion and appreciation through the act of coming together to form crowds”.  You can find more of her work on her website, http://www.roannawells.co.uk/

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Le Tour de France, 2014

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World Youth Day, 2011

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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, 2014

-Madison

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I look around my studio and see two things: wood and white. I have followed a theme of unique woods and white-washed textiles in an effort to work with delicacy and a degree of minimalism. I chose to work with beautiful wood from abandoned grain elevators, cialis as well as bendable plywood. I kept my textile materials refined to cotton in order to create a unanimous material base.

This inherent attraction to wood-working must come from its extensive structural history. Although I continue the struggle to find the most effective way to capture the audience’s interest, meanwhile I am as aesthetically pleased as personally possible.

Wood of the Prairie

Wood of the Prairies.

-Marcia

Aubusson House is having a sale!

Bulk Yarn Sale

May 10, and Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

5016 Barron Drive NW

Karen King (Aubusson House) will reclaim her garage by selling bulk yarn on cones — Paterna crewel 100% wool in hundreds of colours.

Great prices!! Cash Only.

Call 403-284-4048 for details

Ujamaa Grandmas Fabric and Yarn Sale

Paper Moulds and Deckles now available in the Bookstore

 

Beautifully crafted PAPER MOULDS and DECKLES are now available in the ACAD Bookstore.

8 1/2″ x 11″ moulds are ONLY $56.00

8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ moulds are ONLY $104.00

Go get them quick – because there are very limited amounts of each size.
Happy Papermaking!

Fibre Mixing Demos

“I’ve been thinking that it might be useful for some of our students (that’s you
majors!), prosthesis to know how to mix all of the various chemicals and pastes that we use
here in the department.

Since they need tobe mixed anyways, sick below is a schedule of when I will be
mixing/demo-ing mixing different recipes.

Please feel free to stop by if you are interested or have any questions.”

Jan 15 – Indigo Vat
Jan 22 – Alginate Base
Jan 29 – Mixing Dyes and Dye Mixing Boxes
Feb 5 – Devore Paste
Feb 12 – Indigo Vat
Feb 19 – NO DEMO
It’s reading week, there go home and watch a good episode of Community (trust me it’s funny)
Feb 26 – Discharge Paste
March 5 – Mordants and Thickening Mordants
March 12 – Mixing Dyes (including Acid Dyes)
March 19 – Alginate Base
March 26 – Indigo Vat
April 2 – Devore Paste
April 9 – Suppliers (I’ll bring all my sample books and share all the suppliers that I know)

Habu Textiles in Calgary!

I recently took a trip to Pudding Yarns just off of 17th Avenue, about it and I was pleasantly surprised to find some rare and exotic weaving supplies from Habu Textiles! The picture below is of their “raw silk wrapped stainless steel”. The fibre is incredibly fine (think the width of human hair), comes in roughly 4-5 different colors and is beautifully shiny!

My excitement is stems from the fact that I don’t have to order online from Habu anymore to try out their awesome and exotic products (they are in New York)!!

 

Weavers and Fibre Lovers, Rejoice!

-Katherine