I went to see this on Thursday and it is well worth seeing. Heather
11 Jan 2012
fabric artist credit: Kathy & Selby Saluke
The Old School House Arts Centre kicks off its twenty-fifth anniversary year with an exhibition of west coast fabric arts. Location: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Fabric art has had a long history in decorative as well as functional applications. Its wide spectrum ranges from needle arts to tapestries that were not only beautiful but also kept the castle walls warm.
Modern fabric arts also involve a wide array of technique and creations. TOSH’s exhibition will highlight tapestries, quilting and appliqué by wonderfully creative fabric artists who take the simplest of materials and create magic.
Several of the artists featured in this show work in groups, such as the Mid Island Surface Design group, whose members encourage each other as they develop their technique in the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fibre and fabric. This technique involves the creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking. Another participating group is the local tapestry making group, Tapis, that was formed in 1993 to bring Vancouver Island tapestry weavers together to share their enthusiasm for hand-woven tapestry, partake in group projects and exhibit their work. Many of the Tapis members are internationally known artists.
We are also featuring fabric artists who exhibit individually and live in various parts of Vancouver Island. Among these artists are Laine Canivet, Paulette Cornish, Donna-Fay Digance, Susan Duffield, Cecile Jacobs , Alison Kobylnyk, Susan Purney Mark, Ionne McCauley , Christine Rivers, Marianne Sadik, Kathy & Selby Saluke , Gillian Smith, Elserine Sprenger, Jens Von Draby and Coreen Zerr.
The exhibition runs from January 16 to February 18 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm. The reception is open to everyone and is an excellent opportunity to meet many of the artists. (writeup credit: TOSH)