interactive demos at ‘mended’

Visitors to 'mended' trying thier hand at mending with Catherine Nicholls
Visitors to ‘mended’ trying their hand at mending with Catherine Nicholls

Many textile artists are grateful for opportunities to share the work that we do with a wider audience, and to provide space for us to talk about our work, show insights into process and encourage people to try their hand.

mended exhibition coordinator Catherine Nicholls and Il Museo curator Angela Clarke have programmed three demo days at the gallery. The first of these was Saturday, March 21, 2015. Exhibition artists Sheila Wex, Michelle Sirois-Silver and Thomas Roach joined Catherine and Angela to demonstrate mending along side their own work.

We saw over 60 people of all ages through the gallery that day, all of whom enjoyed an opportunity to interact directly with artists. Many sat down at the table with us and were able to create a small mending project of their own using fabric scraps, threads and canvas from kits that Catherine and Anni Hunt had put together. Included in the package was printed instruction for simple stitches.

There are two more demonstration days scheduled at Il Museo:
Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, May 9 from 11-2.
Planning is underway for more demo days at other two galleries.

Vancouver Opening of ‘mended’

It was a wonderful night of celebration on Tuesday, March 17 when over 200 people crowded into the gallery at Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre. SDA BC+Yukon member artists from Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and all over metro Vancouver gathered to enjoy fabulous Italian food, wine and applaud the opening of our travelling exhibition ‘mended’

Exhibition coordinator Catherine Nicholls welcomed everyone and introduced Il Museo curator Angela Clarke, who spoke about the artistic strength of the work in the exhibition. SDA BC+Yukon Rep Sheila Wex thanked the exhibition and communications teams for their work in getting the exhibition together and promoted.

Michelle Sirois-Silver
SDA Award of Excellence recipient Michelle Sirois-Silver with her works Extraction 8, Extraction 9 and Extraction 10

Through the efforts of Jennifer Love, we sought permission to grant an SDA Award of Excellence. The recipient of the award for this exhibition is Michelle Sirois-Silver. She has four works in the exhibition from her Extraction series all handhooked with recycled hosiery waste on linen. A triptych of three (Extraction 8, Extraction 9 and Extraction 10) are featured prominently near the entry to the exhibition.

The exhibition continues at Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre until May 15.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

“mended” in Vancouver

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A travelling exhibition of contemporary textile art.

Surface Design Association of British Columbia and Yukon

In this exhibition twenty-five BC textile artists created new two and three-dimensional works in response to the word mended.

A broken heart, relationships and even a pair of old socks can require mending at some point. Is it possible to make something more useful or functional by mending? And what about mending your ways? The works in this exhibition reflect diverse experiences and interpretations of mending through creative expressions about family, love, loss, and renewal.

The exhibition includes works by Judy Alexander, Cher Cartwright, Constance Chapman, Linda Coe, Susan Duffield, Eleanor Hannan, Anni Hunt, Linda Ingham, Jennifer Love, Judi MacLeod, Barbara McCaffrey, Catherine Nicholls, Freda Pagani, Susan Purney-Mark, Morija Reeb, Brigitte Rice, Thomas Roach, Kristin Rohr, Dawn Michelle Russell, Shamina Senaratne, Michelle Sirois-Silver, Jill Sullivan, Lilly Thorne, Sheila Wex, Patt Wilson.

IlCentro

Il Museo Gallery, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC

March 17 – May 15, 2015

3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC

italianculturalcentre.ca

Opening: Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.