Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More exhibitions in 2018


Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche 
Mühlenort 6, 49565 
Bramsche, Germany 
June - September 2018

Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/Schicksal, Vorsehung und Selbstbestimmung
Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum Neumünster, 
Kleinflecken 1, 24534 Neumünster, Germany
October 25, 2018 - February 2019
Opening Reception: October 25 2018. 19h-21h

Museu Nacional de Brasília
Brasilia , Brazil
September 2019 if funding is obtained

Roscommon Ireland May 2018

The Roscommon Lamb Festival is an annual event in Roscommon Ireland. A couple of years ago, Frances Crowe saw this community event as a way to showcase the work of Irish and Scottish tapestry weavers and organized an exhibition called InterConnections 1. This year, she made it into a larger event, with much more scope by pairing with the town to create the International Fibre Arts Festival, which featured not only anything agricultural related to sheep and lambs, but also two tapestry exhibitions including the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation  exhibited at the Roscommon County Council building, and  another InterConnections 2, with the recent tapestry work of Joan Baxter, Terry Dunne, John Brennan, Frances Crowe, Mary Cuthbert, Angela Forte, Amanda Gizzi and Elizabeth Radcliffe. Included was a symposium where tapestry weavers talked about their work, and a workshop called Weaving Green, lead by the much respected Joan Baxter, who wove for 8 years on the Henry Moore tapestries at West Dean in Chichester, along with the colourful and humourous John Brennan, both Scottish. 

 a link to a 30 second clip of us setting up. 

Radio Interview day...left to right, Bambi Rutledge, John Brennan, Line Dufour, Joan Baxter and Frances Crowe

The challenge that faced us was that we could not pin the shapes to the wall. We used hardware cloth folded like an accordion and used safety pins to attach the shapes to the gridlike structure. It was hard on our hands and fingers.It wasn't an ideal solution but the effects are quite stunning all the same. Many people said that they thought this was the best version of the installation so far. Pictures below are to help you locate your piece(s).

below, a video of the installation to help you find your piece(s) more quickly

Frances Crowe, opening night for FD&SD

It was a real thrill to have all these people who participated in the project, be present for it's opening in Roscommon Ireland. From left to right: Tish Caniffe, Frances Crowe, Angela Forte, Terry Dunne, Frances Leach, Susan E. Middleton, Uisce Jakubczyk, Magenta Kang, Louise Boughton, Line Dufour, Clare Coyle, Arune Reddy, Veronica Collins and Margareta Sorlin. Although not in the photo, Anet Brusgaard and Bambi Rutledge were also present.They came from Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. 

Terry Dunne came from Cork to help out. Aruna Ready not only came to be present for the FD&SD exhibition and other activities, she had come all the way from London England to help launch it's very first exhibition in Toronto at Craft Ontario in 2014. 

About 100 people showed up for the opening. 

There was an official opening ceremony with important government officials in attendance. I was very glad to meet Pascale de Coninck from Dancing Threads studio, originally from Belgium but now living in Cork, Ireland. She managed the Timelines community tapestry which was on display alongside the Fate installation. She is fourth from the left. 
Left to Right: Frances Leach Heather Underwood, Joan Baxter Frances Crowe Lorna Donlon Terry Dunne Tish Canniffe Muriel Beckett Weaver Pascale De Coninck and Catherine Ryan. 

Speeches were given at the opening reception for Fate, Destiny and Self Determination (and Timelines) including one by Anet Brusgaard from Denmark, co-founder of the European Tapestry Forum. Her praise for the project left me speechless, humbled and almost in (joy-filled) tears. I am very grateful Anet! 

Anet had asked me last year to write an essay on FD&SD for Artapestry 5. If you'd like to read it contact me or order your copy of the catalog from Anet. 

The Interconnections 2 exhibition was held at King House Boyle in Boyle, Co. Roscommon Ireland,  while FD&SD was being exhibited. First built in 1730 by the King family dynasty, it has been restored to it's former glory by the Roscommon County Council. Joan Baxter stands in front of her tapestry Hallaig 2, measuring 2m x 2m. 

John Brennan had several vibrant tapestries on display. 
Frances Crowe in front of her tapestry Displacement, inspired by the Syrian refugees and it's similarity to the plight of Irish refugees between 1845-49. 

The workshop, with the theme of Weaving Green, was led by both John Brennan and Joax Baxter. 

Some of the tapestry samples created by Joan Baxter. She dyes all her own yarn. 

John Brennan's samples. He used an assortment of yarns to create rich textural effects and a dynamic interplay of colour. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Roscommon International Fibre Art Festival 2018

Roscommon International Fibre Art Festival 2018


This exhibition of woven tapestries is a collaboration between Irish and Scottish artists.  The exhibition will run as a biennial event with invited artists.
Irish Artists:  Frances Crowe/ Roscommon Curator. Terry Dunne / Wexford. Angela Forte/Dublin. Mary Cuthbert/ Dublin.
Scottish Artists: Joan Baxter Curator, John Brennan, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Amanda Gizzi.
Venue: The Long hall, King House, Boyle, County Roscommon.
Opening times: The exhibition will be open to the public from the 4th -24th May during normal King House opening hours.
Reception: Thursday May 3rd. at 7pm.
Guest speaker: Mary Grehan, Author and Arts in Health Curator, Children’s Hospital Group Dublin.

An international collaborative tapestry installation, conceived and curated by Canadian artist Line Dufour.
Timelines: An Irish collaborative tapestry project.
Venue: Roscommon County Council, Aras on Chontae, Ardnanagh, Roscommon.
Opening times:  8th – 25th May, Monday – Friday during office hours
Opening Reception: Friday 4th May at 7 pm with speakers and invited guests.


Saturday May 5

VENUE: Roscommon County Council, Aras on Chontae,
                Ardnanagh,  Roscommon.

10am:    Exhibition tour and talk with Canadian artist and collaborator                                Line Dufour.
11am:    Tea/coffee
11.30:    Power point presentations and symposium with Joan Baxter, Internationally renowned Scottish artist. Anet Brusgaard, Director of the European Tapestry Forum, Denmark. Pascal de Connick, owner of Dancing Threads studio Cork, and curator of the Timeline project. Line Dufour, founder and manager of FDSD. Other names to be confirmed. Q and A session.
1-2         light lunch of soup and sandwiches.
2-5        WORKSHOP – WEAVING GREEN part 1 (part 2 on Sunday afternoon)
A workshop for people with some experience of tapestry, presented by Scottish artist-weavers Joan Baxter and John Brennan. This 7 hour practical workshop, over two afternoons, explores the colour Green in weave, drawing inspiration from nature and historic tapestries.
Cost: €120.00 Materials and equipment provided on loan, to purchase or please bring your own.

Sunday May 6
10am        Meet at the County council building. Bus to King House Boyle, County Roscommon to view the tapestry exhibition INTERCONNECTIONS 2.
11am        Exhibition tour with the artists leading discussion about the pieces in the exhibition and their varied approaches to their work..
12 noon    Tea/coffee/snacks.

1pm-5pm  WORKSHOP – WEAVING GREEN continues.

Roscommon International Fibre Art Festival 2018

Tapestry Symposium

with Joan Baxter and John Brennan

Dates and Venues:
Saturday 5th May 2 – 5 pm at Roscommon County Council, Aras on Chontae, Ardnanagh, Roscommon.
Sunday 6th May   1 – 5 pm upstairs room at King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon.
This 7 hour practical workshop, over two afternoons, is aimed at those with some experience of tapestry. In it we intend to explore the colour green first of all through approaches to mixing colour and then looking at ways we can apply these colours to interpreting foliage forms into tapestry.  We will draw our inspiration from nature and historic tapestries. Every plant has a pattern…..how its branches break from the stem, the shapes of leaves and patterns of bark. Understanding the pattern is a good way to simplify the form for tapestry. We will look at the sometimes quite abstract solutions used to interpret foliage by the weavers of historic tapestries.
Maximum number of participants: 20
What to bring:
If possible students should bring their own frames, ready warped at 3, 3.5 or 4 warps to the cm. (Nos.12/12 or 12/9 warp) and 14 – 20 cms wide. We can lend frames and provide warp if required.
We will be providing some weft yarns for use in the workshop, but please bring a green stash of your own too.

Cost: €120.00 Materials and equipment provided on loan, to purchase or please bring your own.

RSVP francrowe@eircom.net

Monday, January 8, 2018

Exhibition in Roscommon Ireland 2018

Fate, Destiny and Self Determination will have its first European launch and exhibition in Roscommon Ireland in conjunction with another tapestry event, Interconnections II.

May 4 Friday 2018 6pm to 8.30pm Opening Reception 
Fate, Destiny and Self Determination
Food and wine reception with Anet Brusgaard, director of the European Tapestry Association as guest speaker.
Exhibition is on from May 4 to the end of May
Co Co building Áras an Chontae
County Roscommon 
F42 VR98
Tel: 090 6637100

Thursday May 3 2018 Opening Reception
Interconnections 2,  King House in Boyle County Roscommon
Tapestry artists featured, many of whom will be present:  Irish weavers are Frances Crowe, Mary Cuthbert. Terry Dunne. Angela Forte.  Scottish weavers are Joan Baxter. Elizabeth Radcliffe, John Brennan and Amanda Gizzi.

Thanks to Frances Crowe who did much of the organizing and arranging of funds to both bring the installation and myself to Ireland. I hope you will join me there as it promises to hold many other textile and non-textile adventures. More information will be available in the coming months.

World Textile Art VII Fundación Pablo Atchugarry Uruguay 2017

Setting up the installation 
see YouTube video

From left to right: Gabriela Nirino, Maria Teresa Pagola, Line Dufour, Graciela Miller, Daniela de Braza, and Claudia Pagola. Behind....don't know her name. If someone out there knows, please let me know. 

Not only was it a privilege to attend the World Textile Art VII 2017 in Uruguay, but it was an honour to have Fate, Destiny and Self Determination Suerte, Destino y Auto-determinación installation invited for exhibition at the beautiful location of Punta del Este, and the inspiring gallery and site, the Fundación Pablo Achtugarry. All this was made possible by Pilar Tobon, President of the WTA, and the diligence of Silvia Piza Tandlich from Costa Rica.  Gabriela Nirino joined me at Punta del Este from Buenos Aires Brazil, to assist with the mounting of the installation. I am grateful she was there as she is Spanish speaking and the other four ladies who showed up, all residents of Punta del Este, spoke only Spanish , so Gabriela aided communication. Below you will meet some of the people who played such an important role in the project.

Video of the installation

Opening reception for the installation

 left, Pilar Toban, and Line Dufour
Yosi Taller de Vientos - Mexico
centre, Tina Struthers and right, Maria Ortega.
Alvaro Diego Gomez Campuzano from Columbia with his submission that he gave me while in Montevideo Uruguay. A better photo of it below.

I looked at looked at this fellow who was attending the WTA events and thought, he really looks like Maximo Laura and could almost pass for his twin. As it turns out, it was Constantino Laura, Maximo's brother, whose tapestry was featured in the WTA exhibitions. Maximo  made a submission to the installation.

One of the buildings on site, a gallery featuring the sculptures of Pablo Atchugarry. 

left to right: Silvia Piza Tandlich (Costa Rica), Line Dufour, Gabriela Nirino (Argentina), and Georgina Toussaint (Mexico). Silvia, Pilar and Gabriela helped bring FD&SD to the World Textile Art event in Uruguay. 

left: Silva Piza Tandlich and Gabriela Nirino on right.

On right, Sandra Cartaxo

After a very busy week I hung around with these four women for a couple of days. What a dynamic and interesting bunch they were. We had a relaxing day visiting Colonia del Sacramento with from left, Beatrijs Sterk, Dorothea Van der Winkel, Jeannine de Reymaker, and Pennina Barnett seated at the bottom. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

upcoming and current exhibitions

First, a few pictures to enjoy from the last exhibition of Fate, Destiny and Self Determination at the Centre D'Action Culturelle de la MRC Papineau that took place in Saint Andre Avelin in Quebec. Thanks to Émilie Laverdière and Catherine Lacroix for all they did to make this exhibition so wonderful, for making me feel welcome, and for their appreciation of the submissions created by all of you. A workshop was also organized and about 15 people were in attendance. 
The team who are helping to set up the exhibition.
In the foreground, Catherine Lacroix, assistant to the director of the gallery, also taking the shape workshop I was leading.

In the foreground on left, Émilie Laverdière, director of the Centre D Action Culturelle de Papineau de la MRC. You can like their Facebook page Centre d'action culturelle de la MRC Papineau

Sarah Belanger, left, and right, Katia Gagnon.

The workshop group.

Mireil Fleurant admiring the installation at the Centre D'Action Culturelle

More views of the installation

Left, Line Dufour, on the right, Krystyna Sadej , who has encouraged many Polish artists to participate in the project. 

Line at Radio Canada, a French language radio . Jhade Montpetit on the right, interviewed me about the project.
For the first few weeks of September, I had visitors. One of them was Kelly Liang, a PhD student researching and writing a book on Fiber Artists, who stayed with me a few days along with her husband. I also drove over one thousand kilometers to help them visit other fiber artist studios in the Toronto area - artists who fit her criteria for research, as well as , of course , a visit Niagara Falls...the largest Falls in the world, they say. Kelly and Monique Lehman were instrumental in bringing the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination project to Shenzhen China for the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial last September 2016.

Kelly Liang with Line in her studio. 

Right - Frances Crowe, left, Line Dufour
Frances Crowe from Ireland also visited with me for a few days and we discussed plans for the upcoming exhibition of Fate, Destiny and Self Determination in Ireland which will be between April 24 and May 8 2018. Workshops are planned and it will be held with their biannual tapestry exhibition, Interconnections. More to come on that in the next newsletter so that you can plan your visit to Ireland and sign up for some workshops. Thanks to Frances for organizing all these events, and I am thankful that she wants the Fate project to be a part of it. 

To date, we now have 616 submissions, from 371 people from 34 countries.  Each exhibition generates more momentum for the project, like a tornado gathering up objects in its path. It's been a very exciting and rewarding experience for all of us. 
Look out for the next ArTapestry exhibiton and their next catalogue .... V. Not only will you be delighted by all the inspiring work and artists featured, hopefully, you will have the privilege of seeing the exhibitions in person. The organizers asked me to write an article about the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation. Hope you have a chance to read it. The first exhibition will be opening in Denmark 2018. For more details go http://www.tapestry.dk/
Which brings us to the events of the next 12 months. September 30 2017 I, and group from Uruguay and some from Chile, will be helping me to set up the installation in Punta del Este as part of the events of the World Textile Art events. The opening for this exhibition will be October 8, 2018. A bus will be taking attendees to the site. Please let me know if you plan on attending the World Textile Art event as I'd love to meet up with you! Message me on Facebook or email me at linedufour.tapestry@gmail.com.  Below is a schedule of the exhibitions and their locations. If its easier , go to their website http://bienal2017.wta-online.org/. Many thanks to Pilar Toban and Silvia Piza Tandleich for the help and encouragement to bring the installation to Uruguay. If you can make a donation to contribute to the expenses of exhibiting the installation in Uruguay, it would be greatly appreciated. I still have not reached my goal, and so far all expenses will not be covered. Please go to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/world-textile-art-uruguay

More details about the exhibitions in Germany have been worked out. 

Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche Mühlenort 6, 49565 Bramsche, Germany http://www.tuchmachermuseum.de/index.phpJune - September 2018I don't have more details than this. 

Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum,  Neumünster, Kleinflecken 1
 24534 Neumünster

Opening Thursday 25, 2018 7 pm to 9 pm. Exhibition will run until the sometime in January 2019. End date not determined.  
 Setting up FD&SD will take place on Tuesday  October 23, Wednesday October 24 and Thursday October 25 until 4 pm. if you would like to help out. 
The weekend preceeding the launch of the exhibiton is a craft event you might want to attend: Webermarkt: Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21 2018

Lastly, discussions are underway for an exhibition in Brasilia, Brasil, thanks to Sandra Cartaxo who urged Luciana de Maya to act on the installation's behalf. Thank you to you both. 

More exhibitions in 2018

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS Tuchmacher Museum  Bramsche  Mühlenort 6,  49565  Bramsche, Germany  http://www.tuchmachermuseum. de/index.ph...