The ACT Art Gallery is delighted to welcome back the Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild for their first exhibition in the gallery in nearly 10 years. The intriguing title of the exhibition, Out of the Woods, draws on the larger theme of the September conference in Vancouver of the Textile Society of America. Both events demonstrate the deep and enduring connections between traditional textiles, and their reinvention for today’s needs and markets.
The diversity of the Guild, and the range in ages, amply qualifies them to take on the broad scope of this theme. As is often the case with the more successful guilds, the constant introduction of new members and ideas ensures a healthy exchange and awareness of new trends while the older, more experienced members ensure that high standards are upheld.
Unusually, for this exhibition, manmade textiles will be accepted (generally, only natural fibres are considered exhibition worthy). The exception is justified on this occasion because of the group’s challenge to demonstrate how synthetic materials can be transformed into both functional and purely artistic objects to great effect. It is this kind of outside-the-box thinking that has spawned materials such as tyvak, kevlar and goretex, synthetics that have been adapted with remarkable success in the building, safety, medical, sporting and transportation industries.
This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Ellen Hamilton, a long-time member of the Whonnock Guild, and one who contributed at many levels, including the envisioning of the upcoming exhibition.
The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild was formed in 1974, and welcomes the participation of felters, knitters, basket makers, dyers, rug hookers and anyone interested in these art forms. Members benefit from exciting programs including demonstrations, visual presentations, slideshows, workshops, sales and community activities. For more information, visit the Guild’s website at www.wwsg.ca
The ACT Arts Council operates the ACT Art Gallery, located inside The ACT Art Centre. In fulfilling its mission to broaden and enrich the public’s appreciation and understanding of visual culture, it presents stimulating and diverse displays of artwork by local, regional and national artists and artisans.
Visitors are welcome to visit the gallery at no charge from Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 4pm, as well as on selected evenings to coincide with theatre performances.
Please visit us at www.theactmapleridge.org/gallery
Location: The ACT Art Gallery (at The ACT Arts Centre) 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6G1
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, September 8 – Saturday, October 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8 from 2-4pm (free)
Hand spinning demos: 12:30-3pm on Fri, Sept. 14; Sat, Sept. 22; Fri, Oct 12 and Sat, Oct. 13
Regular Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-4pm and selected evenings
“Leap and the Loom Will Appear” is an upcoming exhibition by 82-year-old, world-renowned Canadian Fibre Artist Sola Fiedler, known for her intricately woven tributes to cities that have hosted Olympic Games. Each hyper-realistic tapestry took the artist as much as five years to complete. Self-taught, Sola's method is as impressive as the final piece: Using yarn from recycled sweaters, she meticulously weaves large-scale cityscapes in pinpoint detail, from the number of floors in a building to the colour of the trees and water. Her work captures the architectural elements and spirit of each city at that moment in time. “Even a year or two after I’ve finished a tapestry, it becomes a historical document because [the cities have] already built a number of new buildings,” Sola says in her promotional video. “When I did the Las Vegas tapestry – because that was a nighttime portrait – I went out at night, and I was trying to actually weave light, and that was incredibly difficult.” The show – which takes place in a 1500 square feet gallery on Granville Island – is part of the Textile Walking Tour on Granville Island, presented in conjunction with the Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium on September 19 to 23, 2018.
Leap and the Loom Will Appear runs from Friday, September 21 to Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily and Friday, September 21, it will be open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at 1359 Cartwright Street on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3R7. The Opening Reception occurs on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The artist will be in attendance.
For the first time, Sola’s massive Las Vegas (11’ x 7.5’, 2009) and Salt Lake City tapestries (10’ x 7’, 2002) will be exhibited side by side. The Vancouver tapestry (11.6’ x 5.3’, 2014), graciously loaned by the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice; the iconic Canada 150 flag (8’ x 4’, 2018), and a new Granville Island Tapestry (8’ x 4’, 2018) will also be presented with a retrospective of Sola's vintage works, totaling 17 pieces.
Sola Fiedler, simply known as Sola, is a senior Canadian fiber artist, best known for her large scale tapestry tributes to the cities that have hosted the Olympic Games. Her work captures the architectural and spiritual elements of each city, at that moment in time. Since winning a prize in 1973 for Best Fiber Art in Vancouver, B.C.,
Sola’s work is collected by a wide range of renowned institutions and individuals such as the Key West Museum, the ResMed Corporation of San Diego, Canuck Place, the Sarah Mclachlan School of Music, and Jim Pattison. Born in 1936, Sola grew up in London during and after World War II, when reuse and recycling played a fundamental role in daily life. Her tapestries transform the idea of thrift and make it glamorous. Using yarn procured from thrift stores and estate sales, Sola creates inviting, colourful landscapes full of rich detail and a warmth that comes from its materials. Her work has widespread appeal and is more relevant than ever today when young artisans worldwide are claiming craft traditions like weaving as their own.
Sola Fiedler currently lives in Vancouver, B.C.
For more information visit // www.solafiedler.com.
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Sola_Tapestry #solatapestry
The Textile Society of America (TSA) is a United States 501(c)3 non-profit that provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of textile knowledge from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives. Established in 1987, TSA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of scholars and professionals, including museum staff and university faculty located in North America. Their 800 members worldwide include curators and conservators, scholars and educators, artists, designers, makers, collectors, and others interested in textiles. The 2018 Textile Society of America Symposium will take place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre from September 19 to 23, 2018. For more information, visit www.textilesocietyofamerica.org.
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn. I am also a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
I founded Vancouver Yarn in 2008. In 2010 I moved away from BC and was (a bit) absent here until I returned in 2016. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events and other local artists and crafters.