Friday, October 3, 2014

Expanding Opportunities

Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination/le sort le destin et l'auto-determination: an international tapestry installation. 
More about it's journey....
Here we are setting up the exhibition at Craft Ontario 990 Queen Street West Toronto. from left to right Agota Dolinay, Janna Hiemstra (the curator of Craft Ontario), Donna Kim (Edge of Your Seat) and Aruna Ready, who came from the UK to join us during the exhibition of the project. Figuring where we'll be putting things on the wall. 

Starting to place the panels and shapes in their positions
Aruna Ready, Agota Dolinay and Donna Kim. 

The project completely installed in the gallery

On the other side of the tapestry installation, the names of each contributor and participant is listed. 

A table with small frame looms were made available so that visitors to the gallery could weave a shape. On the right, a slide show featuring all the people who contributed to weaving and finishing the panels, as well as some process shots of how contributors wove their shapes. 
The opening reception for Fate, Destiny and Self Determination. About 100 guests for the opening. 
Aruna Ready came from the UK to be here for the exhibit and take a few tapestry classes with me. She will be writing an article for the British Tapestry Group newsletter about her experience here and with the tapestry installation. 

Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination is an ongoing project and you can still participate by weaving a shape. For more information please contact me at Everytime the installation is exhibited more names will be added to the list of participants. Recently the project was featured in Hand/Eye magazine:

Recently, Joe Lewis also released a review of the exhibition entitled: Re-dressing the Wall and you can go to his fibreQuarterly newsletter to read about it.

These two delicately woven shapes were created by Cos Ahmet from the UK. To see more of his work go to 
Cos wrote: "Just heard that two of my tapestry works have been selected for British Tapestry Group's next show Woven Art 14. The works were selected by artist/ weaver  & curator Hillu Liebelt and happy with the ones she's selected which will be included at the Knit & Stitch Shows in London & Harrogate (in the north)."
Suzanne Mitchell
Brantford ON.
Cambridge Handweavers and Spinners Guild

 Alex Friedman, California USA
Alex Friedman , California USA

More Tapestry

Debbie Harris was inspired by this Georgia O'Keefe painting of a sunflower. She interpreted in her own visual language. She had it framed at   Picture It Framed, 3071 Dundas St W (at Quebec), 416-762-1221. The owner, Pat Schnurr did the framing.

Tapestry Exhbitions

The Art of the Cloth
One of my tapestries, Divine Intervention, is part of a touring exhibition, launching at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, October 8, its opening reception. It will travel to other venues in the US.

ATB 10 opens at Kent State University Museum on September 25, 2014 and runs until January 4, 2015. From 118 artists who submitted 230 tapestries, Juror  Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin chose 37 tapestries. Opening reception: September 25, 2014.

Community Threads Tapestries
are now on exhibition at the Dufferin County Museum until November 9 2014, hosted by the Stitches Across Time fibre art exhibition, which you can also still see. For more information go to

Woven Together 
You are invited to visit the upcoming exhibit of tapestries by members of Tapestry Weavers South, to be held at the Library Technology Center, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega campus, Dahlonega, Georgia, USA. The exhibit will be from October 1-31 and open during the library hours as posted on this web page:

A reception will be held on October 8 at 5:30 in the Library Technology
Center and will be followed by an artist talk by Joan Baxter, who will be
in Dahlonega to hold a workshop for TWS.

The exhibit will have tapestries by over twenty members of TWS, and several
tapestries by invited artists Joan Baxter, Silvia Heyden,and Jon Eric Riis.
The website for Tapestry Weavers South is

We hope to see you there! If you can't make it to the reception but come
to Dahlonega at another time to see the exhibit, please give me an email
and stop by my studio, if you can --

Call for entry

Call for entry mini textiles art

Tapestry workshops

Mary Zicafose 
The American Tapestry Alliance announces a new workshop. You are invited to attend a four-day intensive tapestry workshop led by Nebraska weaver Mary Zicafoose, who will be sharing the foundational elements of her art/weaving practice. Instruction will focus on:
Mary’s signature tapestry and weft faced ikat embellishment process
Discussion of elements of scale and the development of design
Instruction in wool & silk dye process
Finishing techniques for exhibition and sale

Big Cat Textiles Workshops in Scotland


Tissart 60" tapestry loom for sale. Contact Madeleine Brazeau. at 647 385 7741 or email

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