Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Working in fibres is always interesting because the results of integrating different materials and textures are always different. Not only the incidence of light creating different shadow effects, but the materials itself tend to speak for themselves.
Excellent review created this exhibit in Mexico City.
Participating in the Encounter Mexico-Canada 2 months ago, Canadian artist had the opportunity to share space with Mexican fibre artists creating a dialogue of diverse languages related to textures, colour and techniques.
Canadian Artist Stella Tang (Originally from Singapore)
had her piece inspired in a pre-Columbian image and reflected her tapestry in this theme. She has been an artist who has explored many varieties of textures, working in beadwork, painting, needleweaving, tapestry, quilting among others.
It was really interesting to see how the same technique can be translated in so many different ways, such as this interpretation of watermelons of Georgette with cotton, wool and silk as shown below:
Other examples shown in the exhibition at the Anahuac University in Mexico City, during the VI International Bienial of Textile Art where interesting because it showed textures from the heart of Mexico. Rough natural fibres that express themselves through natural colours such as this one from Carmen Tejada
or Claudia Gonzalez.
Other examples where from the Artist Thoma Ewen, who brought her Ribbons of Light diplaying all her wonderful colours woven in an exquisite tapestry:
There where displayed different formats and techn iques, like this one from Krystyna Sadej,
This is one of four tapestry series inspired in the Four seasons though fibre by Georgette Geddovious, former student of Textile Creativo almost 20 years ago. It was so nice to see old friends and peers and share works together again!
Of course, we could not have been complete without the pressence of Peter Harris, from Ayton, Ontario, who participated with this interesting and wonderfully woven tapestry: (above see detail)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I have been very lucky to meet wonderful weavers along the road. Through teaching I have experienced not only getting to learn from the participants new tricks and suggestions, but to find in them great sensible persons.
A Dream Come True!!
I had first seen Ixchel’s tapestries on her blog site and loved her work immediately.
Her designs, use of textures, blending of colors, everything about them. I saw
techniques in her pieces I thought amazing and said WOW, I would love to learn
how to do that. So I e-mailed Ixchel to see if she taught classes. I received a lovely
and quick reply back along with a description of the 2-week workshop. Having
already used my vacation time for the year, I would have to postpone taking the
workshop till the following summer.
At last June arrived and it was time to fly to Canada. I was so excited. I would have
to say this was a life changing experience for me. I learned so much, more than you
can ever imagine in a 2- week workshop, and more than I can describe right here.
We did design work and Ixchel taught me several weaving techniques, (All that I
hoped to learn from seeing her work online.) different tips and tricks. We viewed
inspiring slides and videos. Ixchel has a wonderful book collection. We even had
a bonus class of how to dye wool. Oh and a double bonus, I was thrilled to see an
exhibit of Ixchel’s tapestries. All the pieces I was only able to view online, were right
there in front of me, in person. How cool is that!!
Besides being a Master Weaver and fabulous teacher, Ixchel is a very special and
giving human being. Her family, Juan, Sofia and Esteban are truly wonderful. I was
lucky to meet and spend time also with her mamma, Sylvia, who was visiting from
Mexico. I was able to partake in the Tuesday “Pot Luck” luncheons with friends
and students, what fun we had. And it was great to talk and laugh with assistant
weavers, Stella and Yamile. See, I can go on and on about this experience. One last
thing though I would like to say is a warm thank you Ixchel, for sharing with me
your love of music, dance, food and culture. But most of all thank you for sharing
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Set on the eastern side of the Oakville Harbour and the shores of Lake Ontario, sailors & ship merchants would enter into the outpost of British North America in the early 1800's.
The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach by Julie Moir Messervy
A beloved public garden celebrates a milestone: The award-winning Toronto Music Garden turns 10. To commemorate this momentous occasion, author and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy has released The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach. The book is an in-depth guide to the creation and completion of the three-acre public garden with a design based on the “First Suite for the Unaccompanied Cello” by J.S. Bach. Readers will enjoy the books’ comprehensive tour of the garden’s six “rooms” – each an interpretation of the traditional dance forms featured in the cello suite’s six movements. Gorgeous color photographs and sketch renderings transport readers to the many paths and gathering places along the musical journey.
The annual Summer Music in the Garden series produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, with the generous support of Toronto Culture, and Margaret and Jim Fleck. Summer Music in the Garden is curated for Harbourfront Centre by artistic director Tamara Bernstein.
Concerts are Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm (weather-permitting) and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is available, but limited, so please feel free to bring a lawn chair. We also advise bringing a hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is limited.