The Year of Change

2017 seems to be the year of change everywhere. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, we are also celebrating the retirement of Yvonne & Reg from FibreWorks.

Effective November 2017, Yvonne is focusing on her own fibre art and she and Reg are beginning to do some of the travelling that has been on their ‘wish list’ for some time.

It has been a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience to create FibreWorks and work with hundreds of amazing artists – local and international. Hosting thousands of visitors at FibreWorks each year has given us an opportunity to showcase emerging and established artists as well as providing an educational opportunity through workshops.

The support of the artists and the visitors has made our FibreWorks experience a rich one and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this anniversary celebration season.

Particularly, mark the special opening dates for our exhibition season:

  • April 01 to 30 – Shamina Senaratne
  • May 06 to June 11 – Loose Threads – Surface Design Association Sunshine Coast
  • June 17 to July 23 – Beyond Basics: Jackie Abrams and friends
  • July 29 to September 10 – Full Circle – celebration of work by artists who have exhibited at FibreWorks during the past 9 years.
  • September 16 to October 29 – Watershed – Joanne Weis

On the opening date of each exhibition, you are invited to attend a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. to meet the artist(s) and enjoy refreshments.

see you at the yurts!

BEYOND THE BASICS: Jackie Abrams and Friends

CALL FOR ENTRY

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, BC, Canada, 2017 provides the opportunity to showcase special events highlighting the excellence of the fibre artists who have exhibited, taught and attended workshops at FibreWorks.

One of these special events is a juried exhibition of basketry, inspired by the teachings of renowned basketry artist, Jackie Abrams of Vermont. (www.jackieabrams.com). In addition to the accepted submissions, the exhibition will feature some of Jackie’s fabulous work.

JURORS

Jackie Abrams has been a basketmaker since 1975, when she first apprenticed to an 81-year-old traditional white ash basketmaker. Since 1990, she has been exploring plaiting techniques, the use of heavy cotton paper as a material, and the possibilities of contemporary basketry. She exhibits her work at shows, galleries and museums, has been included in numerous books, and teaches throughout the US, Australia, and Canada.

Yvonne Stowell is the owner and curator of FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, BC, and is an accomplished fibre artist, working in innovative ways with spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving.

Jennifer Love has been an textile artist and teacher for over 30 years. She was a founding member of Foxglove Fibre Arts Studio/Gallery on Bowen Island, serving as its workshop and exhibitions co-ordinator until 2005. She served as the BC Representative for the Surface Design Association (SDA) from 2004 to 2014.

Beyond the Basics: Jackie Abrams and Friends will open June 17, 2017 with a special reception, and continue through to July 23, 2017. Jackie will be at the opening and at FibreWorks for the two weeks following.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1. Open to all Canadian and American artists who have been students of Jackie Abrams during the past 26 years. Limit of 2 entries per artist. Deadline for entry is April 15, 2017.

2. Submitted works do not have to be baskets. Eligible works include any artwork in which the techniques of basketry taught by Jackie Abrams are the principle elements. Work completed in a workshop is not eligible.

3. All works must have been completed by the artist within the last 10 years.

4. All works must be of reasonable size, ready to install and available to ship within North America. Any accepted entries requiring unusual presentation (eg. wall hung, ceiling hung etc.) must arrive ready to install, with clear instructions.

5. All shipping costs and insurance are the responsibility of the artist.

6. Submissions must include the following:

▪ Completed and signed entry form (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM)
▪ Up to three images of each entry. The file name for each image must be numbered and include the name of the artist and title of each artwork. (eg. Stowell2ContainmentV). Please submit images saved as JPEG files – image size: not smaller than 1920 pixels on longest side, resolution: 300 ppi. Please supply photo credits.
▪ Image List including Artist’s name, Title, Dimensions, Medium, Year of completion, Retail price or NFS
▪ One page artist statement and/or short bio.
▪ All submitted information should be in digital format.
▪ Entry fee of $20 Cdn or $15 US. This may be paid through Paypal (CLICK HERE TO PAY BY PAYPAL); by cheque (Canadian bank accounts only); or with a credit card by phone (604-883-2380). Cheques may be mailed, with a copy of the entry form, to: FibreWorks Gallery, Box 311, 12887 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
▪ Email submissions should be sent to: fibreworksgallery@telus.net

7. Accepted artists will be required to accept the terms of the Artist-Gallery Contract, and to sign a waiver absolving the gallery, staff and volunteers of any liability. Participating artists must give permission to photograph the accepted work and/or use images for promotional purposes.

8. FibreWorks Gallery will accept payment on behalf of the artist for any artworks sold during the exhibition. Sold items attract a 30% commission payable to FibreWorks Gallery. Artworks sold may not be removed before the end of the exhibition, except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the gallery owner. Any shipping charges for sold works will be charged to the purchaser.

DEADLINES:

Receipt of entries and fee payment: April 15, 2017
Selected artists notified by: May 1, 2017
Final selections will be made at the discretion of the jurors. All decisions are final.
Receipt of selected entries at FibreWorks Gallery, by: June 1, 2016
Opening of exhibition: June 17, 2017
Pickup after exhibition etc.: To be advised.

For more information, contact Yvonne Stowell at fibreworksgallery@telus.net.

 

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Spring has arrived!

Spring has arrived – and just in time for a wonderful season opener – ‘whisperings – a celebration of the forest world’ by Catherine Nicholls and Anni Hunt.  The large crowd of visitors at the opening on Saturday, March 26th  is an indication of the interest generated by these fibre artists.  The exhibition continues through to May 15th.

Mark these dates on your calendar for 2016:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

“Grown & Sewn Close to Home” – an opportunity for producers of local animal fibres to meet with spinners, weavers, felters & knitters.

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – at the yurts!

Johanna Walker, sheep shearer, will be on site Noon to 1:00 p.m. to demonstrate sheep shearing; and there will be opportunities to see the skirting of fleeces; spinning demonstrations; local nibblies and refreshments will be available.

For more information, and to RSVP please visit www.sunshinecoastfibreshed.ca

Exhibitions

May 21 to July 03 – “No Words Necessary” – Jill Sullivan
July 09 to August 21 – “Edge of the Forest” Surface Design Association
August 27 to October 09 – “Quilt/Not Quilt” – Jane Dunnewold
October 10 to 30 – “A Gathering”- inconjunction with 17th International Fungai & Fibre Symposium

Workshops

May 28 & 29 – Pine Needle Baskets – Randi Gerholt-Seary (see attached)
July 16 & 17 – Wire Sculpture – Joanne Waters (see attached)
August 17 – Felted Hat Making – Jill Denton
August 19 to 21 (3 days) – Creative Felting – Jill Denton
August 22 to 26 – Artists-in-residence – Jill Denton/Michelle Sirois Silver
August 28 to August 30 (3 days) – Purposeful Imagery – JaneDunnewold
August 31 & September 01 – Improvisational Design for Digitally Printed Fabric – Jane Dunnewold
September 05 to September 07 (3 days) – Multi-coloured Printing with Interacing Stencils – Jane Dunnewold
September 08 & 09 – Soy Wax Crayons and Paste – Jane Dunnewold
September 10 or 11 – Beginner Rughooking – Jill Denton
October 17 to 22 – International Fungai & Fibre Symposium with artists-in-residence

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley begins 2016 season – Wednesday, April 06th and every Wednesday following through to end of October.

This is a drop-in session, from 9:30 to 4:30 each Wednesday, for an opportunity to learn with Mary – whether you are a beginner or an experienced weaver – there is always something to learn!

Drop-in fee of $10.00.

Spin-ins – last Thursday of the month – bring your wheel and something for the potluck table and enjoy the ‘circle’ of fibre and friends.

Enjoy Spring – see you at the yurts!

 

We’re open by appointment only until March 25, 2016

After a very busy fall, FibreWorks Studio & Gallery is now open by appointment only (604-886-2380 or fibreworksstudio12887@gmail.com) through to March 25th, 2016. The gallery has a collection of local work – wardrobe accessories and cozy blankets/pillows to comfort us and the studio has lots of handspun yarn and fibres available.

We all need time to recharge our batteries and that seems to be true of artist/gallery owners as well. As the fall rains and winds remind us of Nature’s power, we have the comfort of studios and fires and creative time.

Mark these dates on your calendar for 2016:

Exhibitions

March 26 to May 15 – “Whisperings” Anni Hunt & Catherine Nicholls
May 21 to July 03 – Jill Sullivan
July 09 to August 21 – “Edge of the Forest” Surface Design Association
August 27 to October 09 – Jane Dunnewold
October 10 to 30 – International Fungai & Fibre Symposium

Workshops

August 17 – Felted Hat Making – Jill Denton
August 19 to 21 (3 days) – Creative Felting – Jill Denton
August 22 to 26 – Artists-in-residence – Jill Denton/Michelle Sirois Silver
August 28 to August 30 (3 days) – Purposeful Imagery – JaneDunnewold
August 31 & September 01 – Improvisational Design for Digitally Printed Fabric – Jane Dunnewold
September 05 to September 07 (3 days) – Multi-coloured Printing with Interacing Stencils – Jane Dunnewold
September 08 & 09 – Soy Wax Crayons and Paste – Jane Dunnewold
September 10 or 11 – Beginner Rughooking – Jill Denton
October 17 to 22 – International Fungai & Fibre Symposium with artists-in-residence

 

Notes for September 2015

We’ve had some much needed rain on the Sunshine Coast and now we’re into the fall sunshine – warm days and cool nights and permission to spend time in our studios.

“Mended” – an exhibition by 25 members of the Surface Design Association of BC/Yukon opened Sat. August 29th – during a power failure! Seventy visitors enjoyed the exhibition by the natural light through the yurt domes and relaxed in the afternoon sunshine. The “Mended” exhibition continues through to Sunday, October 04th – visitors are enjoying the art and the stories of ‘mending’.

In conjunction with the ‘mended’ exhibition, some of the artists are participating in weekend stitch-ins at FibreWorks. The photos above are a few of the public participants who are giving stitching a try.

Scheduled artists – Saturday, Sept. 26th – Catherine Nicholls and Anni Hunt; Wednesday, Sept. 30th – Thomas Roach and Jennifer Love; Saturday, October 03 – Jill Sullivan.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

Also in the gallery:

Saturday, October 10th – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. marks the opening of “Finding Treasures” featuring the colourful silks of Amber Friedman and coiled linen treasures by Erin Hamilton.

Exhibition details will follow in the next week.

In the Studio:

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley returns to normal scheduling, effective September.

9:30 thru to 4:30 each Wednesday, providing an opportunity for weavers to work with Mary and learn from her tremendous expertise. Beginners thru to experienced welcome. Drop in fee is $10.00.

Spin-In returns to normal scheduling, beginning with the last Thursday of September, and continuing with the last Thursday of each month. We create a spinner’s circle in the studio (or on the deck) and share spinning and fibre tales. Everyone is welcome – please bring something for the potluck lunch table. A great opportunity to explore spinning techniques and a variety of wheels.

Notes from FibreWorks Studio & Gallery – April 2015

The dandelions are blooming, our gardens are filled with daffodils, hyacinths and tulips and the robins and hummingbirds are enjoying it all – welcome to Spring on the Sunshine Coast!

In the gallery:

“Spring in the Rainforest” continues through to Sunday, May 24 – featuring the rainforest papers of Jan MacLeod, using ferns, mosses, seeds and grasses to make her paper baskets, vases, books and cards; Trisha Joel’s natural dyed and eco-printed scarves; Jennifer Love’s botanically inspired hangings, and much more.

Our regular days and hours of operation – Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Workshops

Jackie Abrams – Cathead Baskets – June 02 to 04, 2015 – www.jackieabrams.com

Many of you will remember Jackie with her wonderful handpainted paper woven baskets when she taught at FibreWorks a few years ago – at that time, she focused on hexagonal weaves and resurfacing objects. We are very excited to announce that Jackie will be joining us again, by popular request, to teach the “cathead basket” technique. This workshop is now full and we are maintaining a wait list for this workshop.

We are thrilled to announce that Jill Denton (felt artist from the UK) is joining us at FibreWorks after a three-year absence. Jill’s exhibition, “Maids and Meadows” will open Sunday, May 31, and Jill is offering two felting workshops (see attached). To register, please call or email.

Mary Bentley – master of ‘summer and winter’ weaving techniques, is offering an 8 shaft workshop in August (please see attached). This is an opportunity to explore a weave structure that provides endless variations of colour and texture.

In the studio:

FibreWorks is working in partnership with Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild (www.scswg.org) and BC’s Sunshine Coast Fibreshed (www.sunshinecoastfibreshed.ca) to support and encourage local fibre producers. Please follow the link to check out the videos of sheep shearing and fibre exploration of Round Table Farms Icelandic flock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36jxUds6Tww&list=UUZOeEc3mvsZMzLcmWJszWPw

We are very excited about the variety of fibre possibilities on the Sunshine Coast and we know we have just begun to explore the selections!

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley

Weaver’s Circle has moved to Thursdays for the next few months, to accommodate Mary’s schedule. The drop in starts at 9:30 thru to 4:30 each Thursday, providing an opportunity for weavers to work with Mary and learn from her tremendous expertise. Beginners thru to experienced welcome. Drop in fee is $10.00.

Spin-In

The last Tuesday of each month (note change of date) we create a spinner’s circle in the studio (or on the deck) and share spinning and fibre tales. Everyone is welcome – please bring something for the potluck lunch table. A great opportunity to explore spinning techniques and a variety of wheels.

Enjoy Spring – see you at the yurts!

Maids and Meadows – Jill Denton, UK

Maids and Meadows – Jill Denton, UK opens May 30 with “meet the artist” reception Saturday May 30 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition continues through to July 12, 2015. Jill will be an “artist-in-residence” at FibreWorks June 8 to 16.

Under My Feet

Under My Feet – A group exhibition opens Saturday, October 11 with a “meet the artists” reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

What is under my feet? Layers of soil, rocks, roots, earthworms; fallen leaves, new grass, seaweed; tiles, shoes, lego (as suggested by a new mom). What provides our foundation as we move through our days?

Artists were invited to share their story and their art – and the jury committee took on the difficult task of selecting entries.

Twenty-six artists, including 12 from the Sunshine Coast, answered the call in the form of 2D and 3D work that will fill the gallery with texture and colour. Under My Feet continues through to Sunday, November 23.

Spring is here!

Pat Crucil - Vessels

Spring has arrived on the Sunshine Coast–the crocuses are blooming and the robins are singing! The sun has arrived on the deck at the yurts and spring cleaning is in full swing.

We have an exciting season planned for FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, beginning with “Materialize”–an exhibition by the Sunshine Coast Surface Design Association. We have such a talented group of artists working with fibres, fabrics and multi-media and it is a pleasure to showcase this collection beginning April 05 (Saturday – 2 to 4 pm) with an opening reception. Many of the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their inspirations and techniques.

We have postponed Kerrie Ann Riles (Australia) exhibition due to illness. Many of you will remember Kerrie Anne from her artist-in-residency period at FibreWorks two years ago. We wish her a speedy recovery and a return to her creative practices.

Mark your calendar with the following dates for exhibitions at FibreWorks for 2014:

  • April 05 to May 25- “Materialize” – Sunshine Coast Surface Design Association
  • June 01 to July 13 – “thr3fold unfinished business” (Laura & Linda Kemshall; Catherine Nicholls)
  • July 19 to August 24 – “Recovery Method” -Michelle Sirois-Silver
  • August 30 to October 05 – “Paper Beauties” – Anna du Bois
  • October 11 to November 23 – Under My Feet – group exhibition
  • November 29 to January 05, 2015 – seasonal exhibition

Workshop plans include Catherine Nicholls, Elin Noble, Mary Bentley, Sara Lamb and more…

Details for exhibitions and workshops will be posted on this website as soon as they are finalized.

We are so pleased that Elin Noble has recovered from her illness of last fall and will return to FibreWorks to present two workshops in October, 2014. Please note, we have 4 spaces available in “Additions/Subtractions” and 6 spaces in “Alternative Marbling”.

In the studio; we have local alpaca and llama fibres and lots of colour to enhance our feelings of spring.

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley will begin at the end of April–every Wednesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.–a great opportunity to explore the art of weaving with a wonderful instructor.

Enjoy the spring flowers and showers–see you at the yurts!

Yvonne

Our Very Best Wishes!

Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas filled with light, warmth and friendship.

Made by Hand 2013 continues at FibreWorks Gallery through to Sunday, January 5th with lots of colour and texture to take you right through the winter season.

FibreWorks Gallery will be closed for exhibitions through to the beginning of April 2014.

Look for exhibitions by Kerri Anne Riles of Australia; thr3fold of the UK and Vancouver; Michelle Sirois-Silver of Vancouver; Anna du Bois of Vancouver, and more…

Workshop plans will be finalized in the new year, with sessions by Kerri Anne Riles, Catherine Nichols, Elin Noble, Mary Bentley, Sara Lamb and more…

Details for exhibitions and workshops will be posted on this website in the new year.

If you’re looking for spinning/felting fibres or handspun yarns, FibreWorks Studio will be open by appointment only (604-883-2380 or fibreworksstudio12887@gmail.com) January 06th through to April 1st 2014.

May your 2014 be filled with the joy of colour, texture and creativity.