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Edge of the Forest at Fibre Works on the Sunshine Coast

'Coastal Curtain' by Deborah Dumka
‘Coastal Curtain’ by Deborah Dumka. Traditional wet felting with wool, silk, electronics.

Edge of the Forest

 July 9 to August 21, 2016

“Meet the Artists” Reception
Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 2 to 4pm

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery
12887-12889 Sunshine Coast Highway,
Madeira Park, BC


Edge of the Forest is an exciting exhibition of textile art by 53 artists from across Canada who are members of the Surface Design Association. This juried exhibition of textile art features weaving, felt work, quilts, printing, machine and hand stitched work and other techniques that give structure, pattern and colour to textile. The exhibition is designed to travel across Canada to provide Canadian artists an opportunity to showcase their work in local venues. It aims to introduce the viewers to the variety and beauty of textile art, as well as to inspire other artists to explore these art forms.



the end of ‘mended’

materials for mended
Catherine’s pile of my materials and demo stuff for her residency at Place des Arts
Our travelling exhibition “mended” has completed it’s tour! thanks to all the artists for their participation in the exhibition, the show has been seen and enjoyed by hundreds of people and none of that would be possible without their hard work!
Catherine Nicholls did an Artist in Residence while mended was at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.   (It was sponsored by  Westminster Savings and Catherine was paid). School kids (a range of ages and types of schools) came and we reached 275+ kids , 18 seniors and 22 volunteers from Place des Arts in hands on, 90 minute workshops. Students created a little book with a “mended” cover and a  reference insert ( comic book style) of mending stitches.
sampling of books
A sampling of books made by one of the groups during the residency.

Edge of the Forest




An intrepid team from the Vancouver Island SDA group received and installed the National Touring Exhibition “Edge of the Forest” at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, BC on Monday, March 21. The exhibition is on view until April 3.

Read all about the installation on Lesley Turner’s BLOG and see more images HERE.

Special thanks to the hanging (and photographing team) of Laura Feeleus, Lesley Turner and Barb McCaffrey.

Gathering at the Edge is almost here!


Edge of the Forest on Vancouver Island


Thanks to the Gathering Team:

Gathering TeamSpecial thanks to the wonderful team from the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association  group who have organized the arrival of the “Edge of the Forest” exhibition in BC and the associated “Gathering at the Edge” event coming very soon.

Left to right: Gina Dingwell, Barbara McCaffrey, Lesley Turner and Laura Feeleus.



mended on the sunshine coast



Our SDA BC+Yukon touring exhibition mended has opened at FibreWorks Gallery on the Sunshine Coast. It will be on view until October 4.

The opening on Saturday August 29 was well attended despite high winds carrying over from the big weekend storm. Yvonne Stowell reports that about 70 people attended and had a grand time despite the power going off.

There are a number of dates where SDA members will be in attendance at the gallery, stitching, or working on current work. These are perfect opportunities to drop by, see the exhibition and bring along some hand-work!

Saturday, September 19 – Sharon Roye and Anne Gregory
Sunday, September 20 – Pat Crucil
Saturday, September 26 – Anni Hunt and Catherine Nicholls
Wednesday, September 30 – Thomas Roach
Saturday, October 3 – Jill Sullivan

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery
12887 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC
11am to 5pm


SDA in the ‘burbs?

About the SDA Vancouver May meeting

by Katie Stein Sather

Yes, indeed, the Vancouver SDA group ventured outside of its usual Vancouver/North Shore circuit to visit Coquitlam’s Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, delightfully on the occasion of the exhibition of Shamina Senaratne and Christie Lim. Their two person show is entitled Here and Through and Back and Through. Each of the artists took us on a guided tour of the gallery installation and spoke about their work and their process of working together. Though they had not known each other or the other’s work previous to this exhibit, it has been a happy collaboration. Evergreen Gallery Curator Gregory Elgstrand made the connection between the two artists.

Shamina Senaratne - "...And though the carpet maker didn't say, he now saw the world in a different way"
Shamina Senaratne with her work …And though the carpet maker didn’t say, he now saw the world in a different way , 2015.
96″ X 56″, Hand embroidery. Photo: Katie Stein Sather
Christie Lim DepartureArrivalDeparture
Christie Lim talks about her work: Departure/Arrival/Departure , 2015.
Dimensions variable, mixed media. Photo: Thomas Roach

Some impressions….

The world has a mirror, and holds up mirrors. Yet one can see through it all. Shadows have meaning. Voice comes from context and conscience.

“Each artist draws inspiration from the long and short moments of experience that provide opportunities for artistic contemplation.” – Gregory Elgstrand, curator


Shamina Senaratne - "Interpreting the Shadows and the Light"
Shamina Senaratne
Interpreting the Shadows and the Light , 2015.
2 of 5 panels, each 36″ X 56″, Textile/hand cutting, collage. Photo: Thomas Roach
Shamina Senaratne - "Interpreting the Shadows and the Light"
Shamina Senaratne
Interpreting the Shadows and the Light , 2015.
2 of 5 panels, each 36″ X 56″, Textile/hand cutting, collage. Photo: Thomas Roach
Christie Lim "Where are you going?"
Christie Lim
Where are you going? , 2015.
Approx. 6″ X 5″, hand embroidery on silk organza. Photo: Thomas Roach
Christie Lim "Chicken head, parsley, carrot, flowers"
Christie Lim
Chicken head, parsley, carrot flowers , 2015.
Approx. 8″ X 7″, Hand embroidery on silk organza. Photo: Thomas Roach



Don’t miss this opportunity to see the work of two local textile artists in this unique collaboration. On view at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam until July 11.

Evergreen Cultural Centre
1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 12-5


Read Gregory Elgstrand’s full curatorial essay here.

See a complete list of work in the exhibition here.


For further information on the artists,

please visit their websites:

Shamina Senaratne

Christie Lim

Edge of the Forest in Toronto

I had the unexpected opportunity to briefly drop into the “Edge of the Forest” exhibition in Toronto a couple of weeks ago during its short sojourn at Art Square. It was a delight to see all the work together in person. As I only had a brief time, I took a few shots of work that caught my attention, mostly as a way of remembering them when I could look them up on the website.

As an artist who’s work is included in the show, I suppose I am biased, but I think the show represents a good range of materials and processes, with most work reflecting the use of multiple surface design techniques. As an inveterate hand-stitcher, I was especially delighted by the amount of handwork.

The theme of “Edge…” really encouraged artists to explore their connection to physical and emotional geography, with the resulting work ranging all the way from the macro- to the micro- scale. As a former geologist, I was intrigued and responded to many works at the ends of this spectrum.

In her work Define! A not so fine line Leila Olfert uses image transfer on transparent fabrics and hand-stitch to elicit a conversation about geographic and man-made boundaries. The urban geography of Saskatoon is juxtaposed with the fragile strength of wheat seed literally sewn/sown into the work. This is echoed in Guard of Gold by Susan Fae Haglund: machine stitched matboard forms the basis for this whimsical, yet evocative work.

On the micro scale, Lorraine Ross explores beauty in the details of tree bark and lichen using discharge, cracked resists and a variety of stitches and threads. Her meditation of the wonders of nature is contrasted by Ingrid Lincoln’s Burnt Umber. Darkly dyed crackle resisted cloth seems to evoke something of destruction, yet I found the simplicity of the stitches into it to be yet still hopeful. Lilly Thorne’s Forest Shadows is a gentle study of branches and wind created with carefully controlled overlapping arashi dye patterns.

I had been quite taken with an image of Patt Wilson’s Harwood a few months ago. I was not disappointed by the real thing. The energy of a heavily machine-stitched green band, dances with its encompassing blue straight-line quilted background. There is certainly life at the edge of the forest.

I am sad that I have singled out so few pieces from this show. I was inspired by the range of work, but limited by time. BC and Alberta are especially well represented in this show, and I look forward to revisiting the work in 2016. We now have dates confirmed for three more venues:

  • January 11 – 30, 2016
    Fish Creek Community Library, Calgary, AB
  • March 23 – April 3, 2016
    Coast Collective Arts Centre, Victoria BC
  • July 9 – August 21, 2016
    FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, Pender Harbour, BC

Watch for updates on the blog and in the SDABC+Yukon newsletters.

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.