Are you ready for a look at another QC Show? How about the FAN Show? No, this was not a display of fans, it was a show by the Fibre Art Network - a group of very talented quilters from Western Canada.
"The Fibre Art Network (FAN) is a co-operative of self-defined art quilters based in Western Canada. FAN members come from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories - and share their learning and news in a monthly newsletter and through a website. It is a long distance meeting of minds that spans artistic challenges as well as geographic ones.
FAN membership includes emerging fibre artists, teachers, authors, judges and award winning quilt artists. Many have shown their work nationally and internationally and some have won both national and international recognition. The cooperative engenders fellowship of like-minded friends and celebrates differences as well as common interests." - (from their poster)
You can visit their website at www.fibreartnetwork.com to view more of their work, by exhibition or by artist. There are 13 "exhibitions" in the Gallery on their website. The exhibition in Halifax was called "From Away". Such an "open" topic allowed members a wide range of interpretation.
Here are a few pieces which really caught my eye.. in no particular order... At the top is Kanaka Creek Sunset by Vivian Kapusta of Maple Ridge B.C. This piece virtually glowed...
This is Aurora Borealis over Marsh Lake, Yukon by Thelma Newbury. If you have ever been fortunate enough to view the northern lights, you know that this vivid green is very realistic. Her hand-dyed fabric was perfect for the sky!
Crows and Crabapples by Emilie Belak of Grand Forks B.C. made me smile, reminding me of my love-hate relationship with crows.... I love to hate them, especially on garbage day...
Just Visiting by Carol Seeley was a beautiful piece, showing Trumpeter Swans, common to Vancouver Island where Carol lives. The detail shot below shows some of her wonderful thread work... Carol was named CQA Teacher of the Year for 2007.
Lastly, Reaching the Target by Valerie Wilson also exhibited talented threadwork skills. One could just see the determination of that little ladybug, steadily crawling up the stalk...
I encourage you to click on the link above and visit the FAN website to learn more about this group and view their exhibitions and private works. I'm sure you will not feel your time wasted...
The other "art quilt" show at QC 2012 was the show by about 20 Maritime members of SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates. This Show at the Mary E. Black Gallery, titled "Rooted", did not allow photography, but you can visit the SAQA website for a taste of the calibre of work in this show (and I'm proud to say I think what I saw in Halifax, by our own Maritime quilters, was of equal calibre to what you'll see on the website). I cannot find a "gallery" of photos from the Halifax exhibit but if it appears in the future I will come back and include a link here.
Piece (and embellish!!)
"One of your most powerful inner resources is your own creativity. Be willing to try on something new and play the game full-out." ~ Marcia Wieder