Sunday, April 23, 2017

The art work of PHILLIDA HARGREAVES to be shared at her upcoming Solo Exhibition at Grace Hall Community Centre, Sydenham, ON. Hope you can join us...

Selected Works of Fibre Art by Phillida Hargreaves
Grace Hall Community Centre,
4295 Stage Coach Road, Sydenham, ON
May 1st to August 4th 2017

Artist's talk on May 14th from 2 -4pm

This show features work created by Phillida over the past 10 years

Viewing times, if you miss the talk, are 1-4pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Map at: http://www.sfcsc.ca/grace-centre

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Opening Reception for the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists "ARTeFACTS" Show at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON April 23rd

ARTeFACTS
Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch
(Above): Stand on Guard by Elizabeth Duggan Litch

A Connections Fibre Artists' Exhibit

April 22 - June 4, 2017

Opening Reception

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 to  3:30 pm

In celebration of Canada's 150th, our Connections Fibre Artists have each chosen artefacts from the Museum's collection to highlight their artworks as they developed stories in cloth and stitch and inspired by Wellington County's past and present.

These art pieces inspire conversations about our STORIES and moments in Canadian History.
"We are pleased to have created works inspired by items from the Museum Archives ," says Elizabeth Duggan Litch, a member of Connections Fibre Artists.

"My piece Stand on Guard , above, is connected to the Canadian National Anthem, representing the things Canadians nurture and protect."

Do plan a visit between April 22 and June 4, 2017 and bring family and friends.


SAQA Central Canada Artists participating in the Exhibition:

Bethany Garner, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Hilary Rice,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith , Dwayne Wanner and Jacqueline Venus


Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hours
Open year round Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Closed on Government and Statutory Holidays.
Admission Fees
  • General admission to the Museum and Archives is by donation

Location and Contact Information:

0536 Wellington Rd 18
Fergus ON N1M 2W3
Directions, How to Get to the Museum
  • Our civic address is 0536 Wellington Road 18, located between Fergus and Elora
  • Link to Google map

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F 519.846.9630

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Come join me at ST LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Summer School for the Arts, 2017 - two courses that focus on dye and paint as well as lots of STITCH skills for our friends who need a bit of a get away as summer approaches. Come Play!

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON
and the Brockville, ON Campus

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner 2016
Flat Dyed Fabrics, created for MY CORNER OF THE WORLD
SAQA- International Traveling Exhibition


SURFACE DESIGN AND STITCH

ARTS 110, A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at

  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus

 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

May 30-July 6, 2017

(Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 pm)


Our students come to the collage, often with years of sewing and design experience, wanting to enhance their skills and work creatively to start an all new body of work using the many new techniques shared during the six weeks together with a community of students with similar goals. Sharing is encouraged, and  there is always a relaxed and  a collegial environment where support and growth are the goal. Every student is encouraged to take his or her own path using the class as a jumping off point for their own new work. 

This course will guide you as a beginner or seasoned artist to create all new work in a relaxed classroom setting using fibre as your medium.

Hand work as well as fabric painting, beading, manipulation and some MX and transfer dye play, mono-printing, collage, wet felting and creative machine stitchery will be explored as we work through this series of classes. 

INDIGO DYE PLAY - "SOLITUDE" by Bethany Garner
and hanging with the Kingston Fibre Artists Show, 2017
TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
Community Gallery through April 19th


 
COMPLEX CLOTH
ARTS 113, Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments
A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus

This full week M-F  course is for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and fine textile design. Students will study complex processes for flat and ice dye work, pole-wrapped shibori and arashi shibori patterning, completing a series of Indigo dye and patterning studies and more.

Our students grow in their confidence levels with development of all original design, using colour with a new and extended range of possibilities, developing innovative wall art and exhibition ready three dimensional art, and use of their beautiful new fabrics for stand-alone display and as the basis of a strong body of work.  The confidence to continue to use their creativity and openness to learning is the foundation of this course curriculum.. 

BOUNDARIES #9 and #10, Bethany Garner
Flat Dyeing of cloth and Innovative piecing result in some creative piecework
Frame mounting will be covered in the classroom


DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Ontario, Bethany Garner 2016
SOY WAX Batik technique with an over paint layer of India Ink


Soy Wax Batik work and over dyeing with Procion MX Dyes result in unusual and dynamic cloth


On-campus residence  stays with very reasonable cost are available for those who would like to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, response to upcoming exhibition calls that are on the calendar and especially if you just need a time away from home to focus on your skills and techniques.

A great wet studio, and a large campus grounds within walking distance of the downtown core is open for walks and opportunities for great waterfront photography is available to all students at our Brockville Campus. Both renowned and 'just plain fun' restaurants and a glorious waterfront summer evening activities season beckon. 

Design play that suits your needs and always playful experimentation  is welcome, and the Design/Dye studio is open 8 am through 10 pm each day. We hope you will pull together a few friends, reserve your rooms at the residence and come play... the course rates are very reasonable and YOU are so very welcome to join us! Hope to see you in Brockville this summer!

(The discount for senior artists s taking Summer School of the Arts credit courses is 15% of the base tuition fee. Call us to register and apply the seniors' discount.)

 Registration is open  - Download the Catalogue now at
St. Lawrence College
Kingston Campus
100 Portsmouth Ave
K7L 5A6

Brockville Campus
2288 Parkedale Ave
K6V 5X3

By Phone:
613-345-0660, ext. 3283 or 1-866-276-6601 (Press 3)

Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email: garner@kingston.net

Monday, March 13, 2017

You are invited to join the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS as we share all new work in the Community Gallery, 1st floor, TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, March 18- April 13, 2017


Art Threads

Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning
Saturday, March 18, 2017 through Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

New work by the Kingston Fibre Artists.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. KFA members have been creating contemporary textile art and exhibiting together for the past 20 years. 

Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning Community Gallery
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4
Free Admission

For more information, please contact Peta Bailey

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Please join Bethany Garner as she joins artist friends from the QUINTE FIBRE ARTISTS as they open EVOLVING TRADITIONS at the Belleville Public Library


SAQA Central Canada members Joan Reive and Bethany Garner
along with their fellow artist members in the
Quinte Fibre Artists
invite you to join them

Bi-annual Show and Sale
Artists Reception
Saturday, February 25, 2017
2-4 pm
in Gallery One
John M. Parrott Gallery
Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, ON

The Exhibition runs February 16 - March 29, 2017

Participating Quinte Fibre Artist members:

ANN FALES       BETHANY GARNER
CAROL PETERSON      JOAN REIVE
KAREN KAISER     MARIANNE SANDERS
MARTA MOUKA     MARION CASSON
MARTA SMITH     MARY ANDREWS MINIGAN
PAT   SZTUKE     SABINA MCLUHAN


Hours
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Quinte Fibre Artists are pleased to share their all new work including an exciting and diverse collection of fibre art that will touch every viewer as they tour a wide range of landscape work, collage, doll making, rug hooking, dye work and fine art pieces using a multitude of techniques.

The variety in this show is outstanding and you will enjoy visiting with the artists during the Reception on Saturday, February 25th  when you are welcome to talk with the individuals responsible for creating this beautiful exhibition selection.

Please do bring friends, and visit the exhibition often during February and March.

A wonderful photography exhibition and work from the Gallery's permanent collections will be included in Gallery 2 and Gallery 3. The Belleville Library Gallery also offers a wonderful selection of 'available for sale' art work from across Ontario in their Corridor Gallery Showcase.



Friday, October 7, 2016

Special thanks to all of our FALL RETREAT participants... we had a really good time! Another coming in February...have a peek!

Fibreworks weekend at Odessa Fairgrounds Sept. 23-25th found a number of students playing with dyes, paints, quilt block assembly, and stitching some small samples on Sunday the 25th.

We are planning another Retreat weekend for February 22-24th at the Odessa Fairgrounds - and yes, these are weekdays... so plan your calendar and do try to come out.

CABIN FEVER RETREAT
ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS HALL
Highway 6 just off Highway 2 in the Village of Odessa
9-5 each day
$120 for all three days, $80 for two days and $50 per one day
COME PLAY!

Wednesday the 22nd of February

I will be introducing a favourite Quilt pattern for a great piecing adventure:

Highland Stars, created by Wendy Sheppard for the Fons and Porter "Love of Quilting" Magazine,

Seen in their October 2016 edition, this is MY fall project and I am happy to share a full day workshop with you to get you on YOUR way to this beautiful, easy to piece quilt! I love that the quilt is traditional with a great contemporary feel. Create it with your favourite civil war fabrics or go crazy like I am and use your own hand dyed and printed fabrics.

With pre-cutting directions to be shared with all paid registrations you can come to the workshop all ready to start sewing and have a wonderful, big pile of blocks done by the end of the day. Keep your table for all three days and you will have a finished queen quilt by Friday!

Thursday February 23rd will be SNOW/ICE DYEING Day:

and I love the special effects you can get using pre-soda soaked white cotton and silk fabrics and a BIG pile of snow!!! Dyes are sprinkled on top and the results can be really spectacular.





Yes, you CAN dye wool with this process, and Tencel, linen, hemp and raimie, rayon and cotton for sure. Fast, easy and you need just a few supplies. Start saving those great aluminum foil roasting pans available NOW at the dollar store and pick up a few larger colanders or strainers o stash your fabric in during the snow dye technique. All of the dyes will be furnished for a few pieces each, but you are welcome to bring your own and dye to your hearts content! Dye Friday as well - the snow will be available and if not, we will get bag ice from the gas station.

More details and supplies list will be shared with paid registrations.


Friday the 24th will be WEAVING CLASSA Scarf Challenge Day!!!

For those who love to bring their table looms out and work along with friends - we will all work on a great scarf pattern together on our individual cotton warp. Looms should be dressed before the play date and bring your favourite weft bobbins loaded and ready to go! Should be able to finish in the full day class!

And for our spinning friends who love to get together for a spinning day - THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! I have invited a few weaving/spinning related vendors in the area to bring some tools and yarns and threads in the afternoon and they will have visitors from the area who would like to build their stash and have some fun themselves.

PIZZA at 5 pm and everyone can stay as late as they like...

Hope you will mark your calendar and join in on the fun! Registration is open... form on the sidebar here at the blog!

Bethany
bethanygarner@kingston.net
613-376-6150

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Would love to have some great compny while on RETREAT at Odessa Fairgrounds Hall the weekend of September 23-25th... bring a friend or two and join me!

COME PLAY - Friday Quilting, Saturday Dye Play and Sunday is stitch day.....



Maybe some piecework and stitching... Friday September 23rd



The Fibreworks sponsored FALL FIBRE RETREAT weekend is September 23-25th at the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds, and I will be there working away on some of my own things and sharing some tricks and tips I use in my exhibition work and just playing around...

I have a new piece in the works or the spring Kingstn Fibre Artists Show at the TETT mid-March through mid-April 2017, so have to get some sewing underway! The calendar is so busy and making time for stitching is just mandatory now as we head into September.

Maybe a bit of Dye work on Saturday... September 24th
You know me... most of my work is dye based and I like using MY OWN fabric - sure it is a white cotton base, but I add the colour, textre, line and stitch.

So I will make up some pre-mixed dyes (I will mixing them up on Friday night at the hall Odessa in case you want to join in and learn how to set up a dye run that can be saved and used over and over... likely 5-7 pm.)

Everyone who shows up on Saturday is welcome to join in and make it a DYE DAY!

I want to explore some TEXT on cloth Sunday - so will be developing some cloth to be used in hand stitch exercises... and one of the formats I love is the "discharge" process, using paste that I can water down a bit and paint on with a brush, and also a gel bleach pen... so that will happen early Sunday the 24th of September - and when the Sunday demo starts at about 10 am, I will be sharing some new books and techniques I use as inspiration for SLOW STITCH... hand work - you know, time to fill an afternoon and a piece of cloth!


Sari Silk, stitch practice
Stiching is a passion, and something you have to commit to and make time for and love...

I have to admit that sometimes it is just too tedious for the arthritis plagued hands of this old artist, but I mutter "Yes, You Can" over and over as I start and soon I just find myself able to carry on.

It the colour and the texture and the line and shapes you can image up as you add the stitch. There are friends I really admire for their stitch abilities - Robin Field, Phillida Hargreaves, and Judy Martin... and now Mita Giacomini is my stitch idol.

The collection of threads grows, and I have more needles than I will ever use - time to get busy!
PACKED in, the stitches become the fabric of our lives...


I would love to have you join me for some fun on this fall weekend, so see the Fall Fibre Retreat REGISTRATION FORM on the blog sidebar here at FIBREWORKS Kingston's blog... just glance right!

Hope to see you soon... bring a couple of friends and spend a day or the whole weekend with us!

If you need a pdf copy of the registration form, email be at garner@kingston.net

bethany

Sunday, July 17, 2016

FIBREWORKS SPONSORS FALL RETREAT WEEKEND .... "STAY-CATION" style for those near or within driving distance from Kingston, ON


FALL FIBRE RETREAT 
 FRIENDS OLD AND NEW JUST COME AND PLAY
One Day, Two Days or all three... 
September 23-25th, 2016

Hand Stitching, Weaving, Spinning,
Dye Play, Fabric Painting, Machine Quilting, 
Making Quilts, bags, gifts, mending...or
sharing skills and just enjoying the chats!!!

Retreat fee: $40 for one day, $70 for two and $100 for three with demonstrations ($60 for all three if you are doing "your own thing")

Your printable Registration Form is on the right sidebar here at the blog...

Fibreworks Kingston invites you to come and share whatever YOU love to do! 

We have Odessa Fairgrounds Hall located in the village of ODESSA just west of Kingston from 9 am Friday September 23rd until 5 pm on Sunday September 25th - totally devoted time and space for all things fibre related! Join in on your own or find a few friends and come on out and play.

Close enough to drive and no accommodation costs unless you are coming from FAR away (and you are sooo encouraged to join us...). Everyone welcome!

Can't think of what to do???
* Make a quilt/garment/bag or ???- cut and piece for all three days using large tables and your own sewing space
* Create/finish new artwork for a deadline or upcoming Show...
* Bring your loom or wheel - get inventory ready for fall weaving and spinning sales or simply use your knitting or crochet skills to relax with friends
* Dye some yarn or fabric  - and dry the cloth or wool out of doors while the weather is still GREAT.... hoping for sunshine all weeend
* Take advantage of morning classes with Bethany - or just stitch, design, weave, spin or dye at your own table
* Stitch up a few Christmas gifts - what better way to get a start on the holiday season and have some fun with friends while you sew

NOTE: Tables are reserved on a first come registration basis and in the order that paid reservations are received. One table or two, just ask. A total of 20 tables will be available for each of the three days in the main classroom/play space. Confirmation of table space will be sent along with your registration receipt.

The Odessa Hall kitchen is available for storing and preparing your lunch and some sharing of "cooking" resources for those who want to do some eco printing, wool dye work or if you bring ice for ice dyeing. (One freezer only...so it will be a morning activity.)

Some ideas in "mini-class" style for those who don't know what to do! There will be a demo in the morning and you take it from there with your own dye play.....

(There is no obligation to participate - just come and do your own thing)

DAILY DEMONSTRATIONS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd - 9-11 am - QUILT DAY
 
Today we will have a short lesson on creating the "strip piecing, free style" using commercial or hand dyed fabrics - STASH BUSTER style (see the quilt photo at the top of the page) which is a "go to" form of quilt assembly for Bethany. 

Bethany will send you a list of pieces to cut if you like before the demo day... she uses a variety of 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, and 3" strips and "bits" left over from other projects and pieces to a muslin underlay.... and this base project works easily into pillows, bags, baby blankets, clothing and more...you decide!

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner 2016




SATURDAY September 24th - 9-11 am - COLOUR YOUR CLOTH DAY

Bethany will share an assortment of prepared dyes for dyeing cloth (cotton, linen, rayon, silk) and a few colours of acid dyes for wool. Some soda ash and vinegar for making sure your colour STAYS on the fabrics will be supplied. YOU supply the pre-washed wool or natural fabrics. LIQUID, pre-mixed dyes in 8 colours for cottons will be available, 5 for wool. You can mix from this choice of colours for your own dye combinations. (and yes some will be NEUTRALS!) Note: There is a $5 fee for use of dyes and auxiliaries on top of your registration fee for this demonstration morning. The dyes will be in the hall ALL weekend.

Note: Bethany will be doing a short ICE Dyeing demo - please let me know if YOU want to play along...the results can be spectacular! 

Supplies lists will go out to those who register and pay for the dye demonstration/dye usage. Dyeing support will be a focus all weekend for those who want to progress or work a full day with dyes...just mention that on your registration form.


SUNDAY September 25th - 9-11 am  - CREATIVE STITCHERY 

We will be using cotton and wool threads for creating various embellishment plans/ideas for those who love hand stitching and using up a stash of fabric bits you love or even a wonderful wool blanket as a base for stitch work. Bethany will demonstrate the "glue stitch" for basting layers of fabrics together before stitch work, and using favourite embroidery stitches including couching, overcast, blanket, running and various embroidery stitches that are effective for adding new dimension to your home decor, quilts and fibre art! 

Start a project that will last through the fall.. note, Bethany is using a hand dyed wool blanket for her base material, so keep your eyes open for blanket wool at garage sales or in your own linen closet...lovely start! You may stitch on cotton, rayon, linen or other background fabric of choice.


ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE WEEKEND ARE WELCOME TO SIT IN ON THE DEMOS OR JUST "DO THEIR OWN THING AT THEIR TABLE... just come enjoy some fun with friends old and new!

NOTE: Please tick the boxes on the registration form if you WILL be participating in the demos so Bethany has enough information handouts for everyone.

Hope you will join us... REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Cheques payable to HERITAGE QUILTWORKS CANADA (sponsoring through Fibreworks Kingston and coordinated by Bethany Garner)

Mail registration to: Bethany Garner, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H1M0

contact: bethanygarner@kingston.net or leave a message at 613-376-6150

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hope you will join me as FEATURED QUILTER at the Prince Edward County Quilt Show this weekend in Wellington!

Please come and share in the beauty of the Quilts and the gorgeous Lake Ontario summertime fun in WELLINGTON, ON, just a few km. from Bloomfield along Highway 33 ... Prince Edward Couny offers so many amazing opportinities for seeing ART this summer!!!

Come visit the Show!

I also have work at the TALL POPPY CAFE in Wellington - so do stop by between 10 am and 3 pm daily! Right on the Main Street in Wellington... a great spot for lunch during the Quilt Show Weekend!

 http://tallpoppycafe.ca/

Bethany

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I would so enjoy seeing YOU join us for a full week of fibre dyeing, rust work, marbleing, indigo and more at St. Lawrence College in July!

St. Lawrence College offers the most wonderful opportunities for arts enthusiasts during the summer months, and again this year, we will be offering two weeks of FIBRE ARTS focused arts courses at the Kingston Campus. 

Hand dyed cloth created at ST. Lawrence last year...used in Turning Point below

Students stay at the Campus Residences just across the parking lot from the classroom, and happily spend 6-8 hours Monday - Friday creating a luscious palette of beautifully personal fabrics as you explore all things fibre related as they explore multiple techniques:

ARTS 43 - July 11-15, 2016
DESIGN FOR TEXTLES - 
CREATIVE ARTS AS A COLOURIST
* PROCION MX Dyes - Monday, July 11th
* ARASHI POLE WRAPPED SHIBORI - Tuesday July 12th
 * INDIGO technique- Wednesday July 13th
* COLOR VIE and SETACOLOR paints - Thursday July 14th
* SOY WAX BATIK and RUST DYEING - Friday July 15th
  and if there is time, marbling this year!

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner



 

We start the week with dyes - and create mountains of beautifully hand dyed and painted fabrics using both FLAT DYE and DYE PAINTED (thickened dyes) technique. The dyes will remain in the classroom all week for continuous dye work as the week progresses and time permits each artist to explore to his/her hearts content!
 
REFLECTIONS,  Bethany Garner