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2017 Exhibitions – March, April and May

Dawn Michelle Russell

Thirteen to Zero: exploring sustainable design

March 23 to May 4
Craft Council of BC Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver

Thirteen to Zero is not a sports score–it is an exploration, by textile artist Dawn Michelle Russellof waste reduction — moving from minimal waste, a thirteen fabric scrap garment design to no waste, an enhanced commitment to mindful, zero waste design.

Jennie Johnston – Spring in the World Tree

Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017

March 21 to April 9
Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver

The 9th annual exhibition of textile art inspired by the cherry blossom.

Whisperings: a celebration of the forest world.

March 24 to April 22
Place des Arts, Coquitlam

What hearest thou?
Whisperings, murmurings, now
loud, now soft, the trees talking, 
squeakings, groanings, 
sometimes tree trunks chafing
against each other, the saucy 
screech of a blue jay, the kingfisher’s
clatter and the chatter of an occasional squirrel, resenting my 

These words by eminent artist Emily Carr have inspired Anni Hunt and Catherine Nicholls to explore the wonders of the West Coast rain forest. In this all new exhibition these textile artists present their own observations and feelings for the stunning forest landscape. Using natural materials as inspiration and media has lead these two to listen carefully to the “whisperings” of the forest and record what they hear. 



Shamina Senaratne – Interpreting the Shadows and the Light

Excursions and Returns: Meditations on Making, and the Maker
Shamina Senaratne

April 1 to 30, 2017
FibreWorks Gallery, Madeira Park 

Jennifer Love @ The Kube

April 2017
The Kube Studios, Gibsons BC
Textile paintings, and painted paper-covered journals.

Current Threads 2017

April 15 to 30, 2017
Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith

Contemporary Textile Art by Members of the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association.

cocoon: an exhibition of thoughtful objects for the home

May 4 to 23
Silk Weaving Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver

Featured the work of Kate Barber, Kayo Benson, Anik Choiniere, Vennie Chou, Stu Coleman, Jackie Frioud, Carly Hulse, Cathy Joyce, Ellen Kocher, Amanda Langerak, Chris Montgomery, Darlene Ochotta, Ed Pretty, Morija Reeb, Diana Sanderson, Jo Skinner, Ana Sousa, Hiroko Takayo and Amanda Wood.

This year for our group invitational show our focus changed from wearables to work for the home inspiring us in a different direction.

Michelle Sirois-Silver – Repair 1



Textures of Land and Sea

May 4 to June 4
Circle Craft Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver

Work by textile artists Anni Hunt, Catherine Nicholls, Julie Pongrac, Michelle Sirois-Silver and Kaija Rautiainen

Loose Threads:
Clockwise from top left: Imagine (detail), Leslie Campbell: Mad Max (detail), Patt Wilson: Sea Spicules Lamp (detail), Nell Burns: Untitled (detail), Sharon Roye.

Loose Threads: Sunshine Coast Surface Design Association

May 6 to June 11
FibreWorks Gallery, Madeira Park

Participating artists include: Marie Barry, Nell Burns, Lesley Campbell, Connie Chapman, Penny Connell, Dorothy Cross, Pat Crucil, Lois MacArthur, Anne Gregory, Jennifer Love, Sharon Roye, Yvonne Stowell, Maureen Sugrue, and Patt Wilson.
Congratulations to Nell Burns who was the winner of the SDA Award of Excellence for her piece, “Sea Spicules”. Stitched silk thread, free motion embroidery.

Barbara Heller with Regeneration


May 11 to June 22
Craft Council of BC, Granville Island, Vancouver

Three textile artists (Eleanor Hannan, Barbara Heller and Bettina Matzkuhn) in collaboration with four members of Nature Vancouver explore issues of cultural and natural destruction, and the consumption, restoration, and protection of nature. In a spirit of experimentation that has involved risk, research and steep learning curves, all participants have gained – and are pleased to share – new understandings of the natural world.

Debra Sparrow welcomes visitors to Musqueam territory at the Opening of ‘(in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth’. Her Chief’s Blanket is in the background.


(in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth

May 25 to June 4
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

This exhibition of the work of 29 Canadian textile artists and their explorations into the realm of the sacred. Canadian SDA members included in the exhibition: Barbara Heller, Shamina Senaratne, Maggie Tchir, Penny Connell, Thomas Roach, Sheila Wex, Katie Stein Sather, Bryony Dunsmore, Judy Martin, Janet Wheeler, Kaija Rautiainen, Lorraine Ross, and Linda Coe.