Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ten artists who work with cloth

Lindy Fyfe's Interweave series
Paintings using a complex substrate - sweaters found in thrift shops
Showing in the World of Threads festival until November 30
 Lindy Fyfe's above piece is showing at the world of threads festival 's main venue in Oakville Ontario.  Lindy is from Toronto, Ontario.
Lindy Fyfe's Interweave piece above - showed at Fibreworks in Idea exchange Cambridge. sept 12 - november 2, 2014.
Dagmar Kovar's installation in the Red and the Black exhibition, World of Threads festival, Oakville, cotton, dye 2014
 Dagmar Kovar - detail of There......  stitched.  Dagmar Kovar is from London, Ontario.
James Arendt's solo show at the world of threads festival, Oakville, Ontario November 2014
above:  Dad and Mom - life size figures
 Mom, reclaimed denim by James Arendt from South Carolina, USA.
 Dad, reclaimed denim - by James Arendt
Trina Perry Carlson  Cocoon 2012  vintage baby shoes, cotton and thread, solo show at world of threads main venue in oakville Ontario - continues until November 30.  Trina Perry Carlson is from Seattle, Washington, USA.
Merce Mitchell  Pod (Marigold) 2014  wool, beeswax, marigold petals, thread, felted, solo show in corridors of Oakville's main venue, World of Threads festival.  Merce Mitchell is from Taos, New Mexico, USA.
Kirsten Lund  Transfuser  2014   cotton, muslin, cotton floss, in the corridors exhibition venue , World of Threads festival, oakville ontario.  Kirsten Lund is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

 Victoria Carley   Apollo 2014  dress and upholstery fabrics and cotton floss

Victoria Carley   We Saw it Shoot Across the Sky  2014   dress and upholstery fabrics, floss.  Victoria Carley is from Toronto, Ontario.
We Saw it Shoot Across The Sky - detail shown above
All three of these pieces are in the World of Threads exhibition in the main venue...a solo exhibition of her pieced art work.
 Victoria Carley   Heaven and Hell 2012, dress and upholstery fabrics, floss
Pat Loucks   Skin Deep series 2013
More of the Skin Deep series by Pat Loucks.  Re-purposed cotton and silk fabrics, plant and earth pigments, stitch.  Pat Loucks is from Bedfor, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Pat Loucks, Skin Deep series  2013.  Photo above as installed in corridor galleries in the main venue of the World of Threads festival.   Address :  2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario.  free admission.  Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm.  Sunday noon - 5 pm.
Susan Avishai  deconstructed man's shirt, wire  Gyre and Gimble 2013  showing in the exhibition entitled Strung out and Undone at the Living Arts Centre gallery in Mississauga, Ontario until the end of November.
Susan Avishai  deconstructed mens shirt, wire, thread - He's Come Undone 2014.  Susan Avishai is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The exhibition in Mississauga was curated by Megan Press and is part of the World of threads festival.
Amanda McCavour   Neon Field 2014 and ongoing - polyester thread, starch
Amanda McCavour's work is in the Mississauga Living Arts Centre exhibition of the world of threads festival.  Amanda McCavour lives in Toronto, Ontario.

I have seen an incredible amount of excellent textile art recently.  I am just sorry that time and space only allow for ten artists from the group exhibitions I viewed in Cambridge, Oakville and Mississauga.  The World of Threads festival is really very stimulating and shouldn't be missed.   I wasn't able to see everything so allow yourself enough time if you are planning to go.


  1. Maybe if I stop trying (or at least, don't try so hard) I might receive a revelation, some kernel of insight as to how to see what these artists see...not so I can emulate it or copy in any way, but so I can better understand, and perhaps learn to see my world differently so I can express it more deeply. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for sharing these images. It's great to see such interesting work being recognized. I was going to enter this show but balked at the fee being asked just to enter - American style. Wish there was more support from the CC, although I'm sure they would if they had any money.

  3. I went to this show yesterday and it was INCREDIBLE.

    Seeing your Manitoulin panels in person was just...I was in awe. So much much beautiful stitching...masterful use of colour. Judy, I was in awe. Seeing the details in person was breathtaking, and inspiring. I loved seeing how you incorporated so much lovely found fabric and lace into those pieces. The small amount of blue beads on one of the panels was the perfect touch, and it's one of those details that I didn't catch from just seeing the pictures on your blog.

    I thought it was a masterfully curated show. I was introduced to many artists whose work I marveled at. Lindy Fyfe's gorgeous pieces resonated with me too, thanks for sharing some pictures.

    I'll be going back to that exhibit - it's too beautiful to take in only once - and I'm also planning to visit the other locations. What a terrific show!

  4. I agree that the World of Threads exhibition is fantastic.

    There is some controversy about the things you mention, Heather. So much red tape (and cost) for entrepreneurs who want to start something and give proper honour to the artists who participate.

    The sheer amount of excellent work in the World of Threads festival is mind boggling however. Artists want to communicate with their artwork, and this venue gives them that opportunity.

  5. Wow! Victoria Carley's work is amazing! Thanks for sharing. I hope to see the show in person.

  6. Victoria won Best of Show in the Durham County Museum's exhibition, Stitches Across Time.

    She doesn't quilt her work much, but wow, does she ever stretch the idea of traditional piecework into painterly gestures.

  7. wow! such exciting intriguing work am especially drawn to the 'transfuser' by Kirsten Lund

  8. I am touched by Victoria Carley's works too. It's a pity that she hasn't got a website. What do you mean with "she doesn't quilt her work much"?

  9. Victoria Carley's pieces are not quilted - in that they are not stitched through back and front being joined. Perhaps is some areas this happens, but for the most part, from what I observed at World of Threads - she pieces a large cloth and then backs it with another cloth - but does not attach those two cloths together.

    that is what I mean by not quilted much. The quilting stitch is different than the construction of the top.

  10. Oh, yes, I can see it now.

  11. Thanks for sharing, Judy. i'm sorry i couldn't get out to see it this time. i really appreciate the time and effort it took you to document and post what you saw.


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