1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Fibreworks 2008 celebrates the twelfth anniversary of Cambridge Galleries juried biennial exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. Inaugurated in 1986 to complement the important historical role that textile manufacturing has played throughout the history of the City of Cambridge, the exhibition has also played a critical role in the growth and development of the galleries’ permanent collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art.
Keith William Bentley, Toronto, ON | Li Chai, Etobicoke, ON | Gabriel Dawe, Verdun, QC / Dallas, Texas | Daniel Desaulniers, Calgary, AB | Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Halifax, NS | Dianne Fries, Waterloo, ON | Sonia Haberstich, Hudson, QC | Kate Hampel, Montréal, QC / Daegu, South Korea | Barbara Hobot, Kitchener, ON | Ryan Hughes, Montréal, QC | Kate Jackson, Toronto, ON | Keith, Calgary, AB | Tricia Johnson, London, ON | Jane Kidd, Calgary, AB | Sylvia Kind, Vancouver, BC | Valerie Knapp, Toronto, ON | Amanda McCavour, Toronto, ON | Dorie Millerson, Toronto, ON | Marija Nakic, Montréal, QC | Ali Nickerson, Montréal, QC | Nicole Panneton, Montréal, QC | Tina Poplawski, Toronto, ON | Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai, Toronto, ON | Reeta Saeed, Toronto, ON | Joyce Seagram, Toronto, ON | Roma Shafer, Calgary, AB | Marjorie Siska, Calgary, AB | Angela Silver, Calgary, AB | Catherine Telford-Keagh, Brampton, ON | Yvonne Wakabayashi, Burnaby, BC | Wally, Calgary, AB | Kathryn Walter, Toronto, ON
by Ivan Jurakic, Curator, Queen's Square.
This year our esteemed jurors J. Lynn Campbell, Melanie Egan and Chris Mitchell had the daunting task of having to select from over 180 artist submissions from across Canada. Over the course of the multi-day process the jurors narrowed down their selection to 35 artworks by 32 artists from coast-to-coast.
The final selection represents both the talent of artists working in fibre and the continuing exploration of fibre as an expressive and adaptive medium. The full range of artworks displayed is a wonder to behold. From traditional quilts to conceptual text works, from hand stitched tissues to obsessively woven Kozo paper, and unexpected materials ranging from cotton swabs to horse hair. The exhibition promises to engage, educate and entertain. Enjoy.
by Chris Mitchell, J. Lynn Campbell, Melanie Egan, Jurors.
As jurors our goal was to choose works that reflected the rich and diverse field of fibre art. Subsequently, works were selected that made connections, set up dialogues and established relationships whether through concept, material exploration or sublime skill. We noted various ideas were expressed through traditional modes and materials, as well as unconventional and even off-the-wall fabrication.
Mary Misner, Ivan Jurakic and Rachel Rumbaoa provided us with over twelve hours of textile bliss, punctuated by phenomenal brownies, good strong coffee and expert support! Our special thanks to all of the artists and to Cambridge Galleries for allowing us to participate in this prestigious exhibition.