1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Jurying this biennial exhibition was a challenging task, as there was a large number of high quality submissions and limited gallery space. The works submitted to the gallery represented a wide range of strong expressions within the fibre milieu. As jurors we focused on selecting works that represented a diversity of techniques – both traditional and cutting edge – that challenged conceptual aspects of what constitutes fibre-based art in its broadest definition.
After our initial selection of works from digital images submitted by 105 artists, we returned two weeks before the show opened to do our final jurying. At that time we selected the works to receive the jurors’ award and honourable mentions. Seeing all of the works together for the first time, we were impressed by the subtle colour variations and textures of the installation, and the dialogues that evolved between the works. We hope that viewers of the exhibition will enjoy spending time with these works as much as we did during the jurying process.
Thank you to former curator Ivan Jurakic for inviting us to jury and to Sara Munroe for her organizational and curatorial acumen. We are grateful to Mary Misner and Cambridge Galleries for their support of Canadian textile artists – not only through this exhibition, but in making textiles the focus of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Catherine Heard and David H. Kaye, Fibreworks 2012 Jurors
Sarah Alford, Beaverlodge, AB | Maria Chronopoulos, Montreal, QC | Lyne Girard, Roxboro, QC | Ann Marie Hadcock, Kitchener, ON | Noelle Hamlyn, Mississauga, ON | Kate Hampel, Chicago, IL | Eleanor Hannan, Vancouver, BC | Cynthia Jackson, Stittsville, ON | Sayward Johnson, Ottawa, ON | Svava Juliusson, Toronto, ON | Valerie Knapp, Toronto, ON | Tracey Lawko, Toronto, ON | Shuyu Lu, Toronto, ON | Sarah Maloney, Halifax, NS | Judy Martin, Sheguiandah, ON | Nancy Anne McPhee, Montreal, QC | Heidi Overhill, Toronto, ON | Matthew Peddie & Allan Wilson, Oakville, ON & Toronto, ON | Meghan Price, Montreal, QS | Elizabeth Roy, Winnipeg, MB | Angela Silver, Westmount, QC | Ilona Staples, Toronto, ON | Kelly Thompson, Verdun, QC | Laura Vickerson, Calgary, AB | Yvonne Wakabayashi, Burnaby, BC | Meichen Waxer, Montreal, QG | Anna Wieselgren, London, ON