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A Gathering at the Edge: A SDA BC + Yukon Event

April 1 – 3, 2016 in Colwood, British Columbia



Dr. Kerry Mason is an art historian, curator, and art consultant. She teaches in the Department of History in Art at the University of Victoria with a focus on Emily Carr and indigenous art of the Northwest Coast. From 1977 – 1988, Dr. Mason was the curator of the Emily Carr Gallery for the Province of BC, creating 27 different exhibitions of Emily Carr’s art. Most recently she worked with the Art Gallery of Victoria to develop the major exhibition on Emily Carr and coauthored the companion book, Emily Carr on the Edge of Nowhere.

Lesley Turner is an eco-fibre artist and ecological landscape designer. Ms. Turner studied Ecological Landscape Design at Gaia College, Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She has a BA (Hons) 1st class, Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University, UK. In 2007 she received a certificate in Visual Design from the University of Calgary and in 2004 and 2003 she received a Level 3 Certificate in Design & Craft (Embroidery & Design) and Level I Certificate in Design & Craft (Machine Embroidery), City & Guilds of London Institute.

Manon Tremblay, is an instructor at Gaia College, a landscape designer and consultant in Victoria, British Columbia. Ms. Tremblay received her certification as a Landscape Horticulturist Technician, and studied at Royal Roads in Environment and Communication where she developed skills leading to Environmental Education. In 2010, she received an accreditation from the ITA, was certified as a Journeyman in the Landscape Horticultural trade and that same year accepted the position as Head Gardener of Abkhazi Garden in Victoria. She is also an accredited Organic Master Gardener, Gaia College.

Debbie Guedes, was raised in Victoria in a residential area adjoining a natural Garry Oak habitat, which led to an early appreciation of native plants and the ecosystems that supports them.  She has an ongoing interest in growing a diversity of plants, nature hikes and studying the use of plant materials for food and other purposes.  Ms. Guedes has done extensive research in ecological garden design, patterns in nature and the repetition of natural patterns in design.  At an early age she had a passion for sewing, weaving, spinning and dyeing. Her passion now focuses on creativity through gardening – making compositions that evolve over time and an appreciation of small vignettes within the garden or in containers.  She is an active volunteer with the Victoria Master Gardener Association and part time instructor with Gaia College (conducting field trips for the Plant Knowledge and Ecological Landscape Design courses) and interested in sharing knowledge and ideas with others.

Join us for a celebration of contemporary fibre and textile art. The Gathering is a three day event in conjunction with the national touring exhibition, Edge of the Forest, where SDA BC and Yukon members will come together to create connections and build community.

This unique event begins on the Friday evening with a members’ welcome dinner.  Saturday morning begins with special guest speaker, Dr. Kerry Mason and her presentation titled, Emily Carr: Sketches, Paintings and Her Textiles.

Later that afternoon participants will head into the forest with eco-fibre artist, Lesley Turner, as she shares her expertise and takes us through a hands on earth dye process. Gaia College instructors, Manon Tremblay and Debbie Guedes share their knowledge and philosophy about holistic land management and environmentally sustainable technologies as they take participants on a guided walk through the forest.

A reception at the Edge of the Forest Exhibition will be held Saturday, April 2, 4:00pm – 6:00pm. For more details about the exhibition see below.

The weekend concludes with an invitation to visit Lesley Turner in her studio on Sunday.

The registration fee for this event is $100. This fee covers the Friday evening welcome dinner, the Dr. Mason Lecture, the guided forest walk and eco-dye experience, the Edge of the Forest reception, and the Lesley Turner studio visit.

Due to space limitations this event is for SDA members only and registration is through invitation only. Online registration begin December 5. Please watch your email inbox for your invitation to register. Click on the link in the email and it will take you to the Eventbrite site and guide you through the simple steps to register. If you have not received your invite by Sunday, December 6, please contact Laura Feeleus.

Edge of the Forest Exhibition

Coast Collective Gallery
318 Wale Road, Colwood, British Columbia
March 23 – April 3, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, April 2, 4:00 – 6:00pm

The Edge of the Forest features work by 53 artists from across Canada. This long awaited travelling exhibition of textile art exemplifies weaving, felt work, quilts, printing, machine and hand stitched works, and other techniques that give structure, patterns, and colour to the textile by artists who are members of the Surface Design Association. This exhibition has been seen in Richmond Hill, Toronto and Belleville, Ontario, the Fibre Art NL Conference – Woody Point, Newfoundland, and Calgary, Alberta. British Columbia is its last stop.

Surface Design Association
Ontario Arts Council.

Gathering organizing committee:
Gina Dingwell, Laura Feeleus,
Barbara McCaffrey, Lesley Turner.