Category Archives: Fibre Art

Tandem: the present and the past together – part 2

Beaded ritual object front view
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span8] [/span8][/columns] The Fibre Report with Joe Lewis J. Penney Burton is an independent curator, artist, and writer with an M.A. in Fine Arts from Concordia University who specializes in contemporary Canadian fibre art and artists. She has presented papers on Canadian Textiles and Fibre practitioners at national (Neocraft in Halifax 2007) and […]

BATIK…from the island of the gods, fabric to free the spirit!

Vicky manipulates batik design layout
[columns] [span4]   [/span4][span8] [/span8][/columns] Good to Know part 1 of 2 specifically chose Bali, ‘the island of the gods’, as a vacation destination because of the fabulous batik fabric that is produced there. It was February 1999 and my search for rayon batik fabric led me to Benny and Frida, who, with their two […]

Artist Profile – Laurena M. Green

[columns] [span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4] [span4] [/span4] [/columns] Legacy was created for and entered into the juried exhibition Threadworks 2010, a national competition of needle arts which tours Ontario galleries and museums for three years. Every entry submitted to the show was to interpret the theme of Trees. It was my first submission into a juried […]

Tender Buttons; it’s all in the details

flow, 2004
[columns] [span6]   [/span6][span6]   [/span6][/columns] The Fibre Report with Joe Lewis At age 16, I discovered the American expatriate writer Gertrude Stein who spent most of her adult life in Paris, France. In 1914 she published a book of poetry entitled Tender Buttons. In Paris, Ontario, I grew up with a fascination for the […]

Artist Profile – Monika Kinner-Whalen

Monika Kinner Whalen
[columns] [span6]   [/span6][span6] [/span6][/columns] I am a self taught fibre and embroidery artist in Saskatoon, and this is my love story. I was raised on the prairie by a landscape artist who couldn’t sew.  I have relatives whom I deeply admire because of their magical abilities to sew, quilt, and cross stitch. As a […]

Introducing Virginie Rochetti: Embroiderer First Person Singular

Politics 2012
[columns] [span6] [/span6][span6] [/span6][/columns] The Fibre Report with Joe Lewis Virginie Rochetti was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, and lives in Paris – by profession a stage designer, by passion an embroiderer. I saw her Tapestry of Bagnolet and met her in person the opening weekend of the Kaunas Textile Biennale in Lithuania in September 2011. […]

Artist Profile – Martha Brown

[columns] [span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][/columns] My mother was a wonderful seamstress. As she was growing up, she learned to make a lot of her own clothes, and over the years advanced to suits out of Ultrasuede® and anything else imaginable. She was determined to drag me into her world of patterns and alterations. I did […]