A forest piece

A while ago I was asked to participate in an exhibition at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness, Cape Breton. The theme was “The Forest”, the show opened on August 2nd and will run until August 23rd. I had no finished piece available but a design idea in mind, so I set to work and finished this piece within 2 weeks. Must be a new record.

Anyway, I was really pleased with the result. Here is “Crown, Branches, Root”. The lighting in the gallery wasn’t the best for taking pictures, so please excuse the bad quality picture.

Crown, Branches, Root

Crown, Branches, Root

And here a detail shot:

Crown, Branches, Root  (Detail)

Crown, Branches, Root (Detail)

I worked with a stencil on hand dyed fabric and quilted it very densely. The border is also done with overlapping stencil images and all kinds of leaf shapes in different colors.


If you are in the area, please visit this wonderful exhibition, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts (http://www.invernessarts.com/) is always worth a visit!


Opening of “Structures” show in Antigonish

So, on June 5th we had the grand opening of our SAQA Atlantic Canada “Structures” show – one down, four more openings to go! It was a fabulous event, with lots of visitors and seven of the 19 artists in attendance. My friend Chris Nielsen spoke eloquently as she always does about SAQA, the term “art quilt” and the three juror’s choices for the best pieces in the show. We heard lots of enthusiastic comments, answered many questions and  had a great time.

Here is Chris, in front of 3 artworks (left to right: “Dancing Neurons” by myself, “Banded Echo” by Penny Berens and “Out of Chaos, Order” by Susan Lilley):

Chris Nielsen speaking at the StFx Art Gallery opening

Chris Nielsen speaking at the StFx Art Gallery opening

Here are some more pictures, before the crowds moved in. Actually, I took these while hanging the show, so they don’t have the identifying tags next to them yet.

"Structures" at StFX Art Gallery

“Structures” at StFX Art Gallery, left to right: “No Visible Means of Support” by Sandra Betts, “Redesigning Duckworth” by Linda Strowbridge, “Family Tree” by Susan Tilsley Manley and “Garden Song” by Ann Schroeder

Exhibition pic

“Out of Chaos – Order” by Susan Lilly, “Ships of the Desert” by Linda Findly (Best in Show) and “Snowbound” by Ann Schroeder

If you want to see this exhibition, it is at the gallery until July 15, 2015.

StFX gallery invitation

StFX gallery invitation

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Exhibiting in Edmonton, Alberta

The “Focus on Fibre Art Association” FFAA inEdmonton, Alberta holds a biannual themed fibre arts exhibition. Their goal is  “to promote fibre artists, to create an awareness of fibre as art and to highlight the benefits of creating fibre art” as  stated on their website http://www.focusonfibrearts.org.

So far I took part in two exhibitions, “Wild Thing” in 2008 and “Green” in 2010. This year the theme was “Prairies”, which did not sound appealing to me at first. Though I have lived in Calgary for 5 years, I never really did warm up to the prairies. But then I came across the perfect fabric and the ideas began to flow. So I finished the new piece in time to enter, and I got accepted into the show! I’m glad I got inspired and am once again part of this wonderful exhibition.

The opening takes place Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 7 pm at Enterprise Square in Edmonton, AB. In the fall the exhibition will be shown in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

Here is my entry:

“Barn Boards”, 32″ x 18″

On the detail picture you can see the stitching mimicking the wood grain on the peeling barn boards and the wheat photo printed on organza.

“Barn Boards” detail

I wish I could go to the opening, but that is not happening!

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An update: I got the great news that “Barn Boards” got first prize in the medium original quilt category. What an honor and thanks to the judges!

Hands Dancing Show in Inverness

I will have two pieces in the upcoming “Hands Dancing” show in the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. They have a beautiful large gallery space there and I’m happy to be included in this years members’ show. It runs from June 28 to July 28. If you are in the area I can highly recommend this exhibition which features a great variety of art.

One of my entries is called “Panta Rhei – Everything Flows” and incorporates some lovely silk fabric, hand painted fusible web, hand dyed fabric and lots of machine stitching.

The other artwork is called “Sea Moss” and depicts some underwater plants in different techniques. The background is a hand dyed piece of silk that turned out really well.

Both pieces will be for sale as this is a sale show. I love going up to Inverness to take in the beach and the general area, it is so beautiful there. And the art centre is a very special place, so go ahead and visit!

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“Fabrications” exhibition opening

My fibre arts exhbition “Fabrications” opened last Friday and the turnout was great. Lots of friends came, my family was there to help and we had a really nice evening. It is interesting to hear all the comments and have visitors pick their favourite piece. The exhibition will be in the gallery space of the Antigonish Town and County Library until March 31, so come and see for yourself!

We are all listening to my friend Sarah O’Toole’s opening speech

Surrounded by my “fabrications”!


Sarah and Tabea take in my art

I was happy to see so many familiar faces. The support for artists in this town is amazing!

This exhibition is supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

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My first solo show!

I am very excited about my first solo exhibition “Fabrications” which will be shown at the Antigonish Town and County Library during the month of March. It will be an overview over the last 5 years of my work, lots of pieces that were in national or international shows and haven’t been seen around here. The opening will be this coming Friday, March 1st, from 7-8pm. There is still a lot to do and prepare, but it will be done by Friday! I hope to finish one more piece, to have some brand new art to show.

I hope lots of people can come and see the show, or join me on Friday for the opening.

The library gallery is such a beautiful space, bright and open, I am happy to be in this space and my art will benefit from all that light.

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