Bettina Matzkhun "The Lookout Trail (Gros Morne National Park)" (detail) 2016

‘Loose Threads’ & ‘Beyond the Basics’ at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, British Columbia showcases a wide range of fiber arts—from basketry and paper-making, to dyeing and weaving, by local, national, and international artists—all within an inspiring collection of studio yurts. In honor of FibreWorks’ 10th anniversary, they have two special exhibitions this summer, both of which feature some amazing SDA members’ work. Below are some details—both on the shows, as well as of the artwork—for you to preview what you’ll discover at this amazing location. An August exhibition, Full Circle, will also feature many SDA BC members’ work.

Row 1: Frances Dorsey, Judith Saunders, Dorothy Cross; Row 2: Jane Whitten, Ellen Luchkow, Julie Pongrac; Row 3: Lisa Galbraith Heyl, Mimi Peterson, Jean Poythress Koon

Loose Threads – On display until June 11th, 2017

This exhibition features the work of artists who are all members of Sunshine Coast BC members of the Surface Design Association. To honor the 10th anniversary, all the work shown was made within the last ten years under the theme ‘Loose Threads’, and was interpreted in fiber, fabric, paper, basketry, wood, and/or mixed media.

Connie Chapman My Journey (detail) 2017, photograph digitally printed, cotton, hand and machine stitching, 14” x 20”.

Nell Burns received the SDA Award of Excellence for her piece, Sea Spicules Lamp, which was awarded by Yvonne Stowell, Director and Curator of FibreWorks, at the opening reception on May 6th, 2017.

Nell Burns Sea Spicules Lamp 2017, stitched silk thread, free motion embroidery, 7” x 8”.

The Sunshine Coast regional SDA group has been meeting monthly for 10 years, and try to hold at least one exhibition together every year. Having the opportunity to work with FibreWorks Studio & Gallery—with its unique collection of yurts in a beautiful rural area—is a wonderful chance for artists to connect with one another. SDA members featured in the exhibition include: Marie Barry, Nell Burns, Leslie Campbell, Connie Chapman, Penny Connell, Dorothy Cross, Pat Crucil, Anne Gregory, Jennifer Love, Lois MacArthur, Sharon Roye, Maureen Sugrue, and Patt Wilson.

Jennifer Love and the living was easy II (detail) 2016, hand dyed, painted, printed, cotton, fused, stitched, 13” x 13”.

Beyond the Basics – On display until July 23rd, 2017

The second exhibition is Beyond the Basics, featuring artists from Canada, United States, as well as Australia, and is juried by renowned basketry artist, Jackie Abrams. Since 1975, Abrams has been a prolific basketry artist–apprenticing the masters, exploring alternative materials, and pushing the medium forward. She has been in numerous international exhibitions, books, and teaches her craft throughout in workshops worldwide. In addition to the juried work in Beyond the Basics, a number of Abrams’ pieces will also be on display.

Jane Whitten Anemone (detail) 2016, beach rope, recycled plastic bags, fishing line, plastic strapping, beads, egg poaching ring, 20″ x 5″ x 5”.

The opening reception for Beyond the Basics will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 2:00-4:00pm with a special congratulations to Jackie Abrams for all of her years of amazing work and help with the exhibition.

Mimi Peterson Squares 2017, woven heavy bristol paper, acrylics, graphite, ink, 4″ x 7″ x 15″.

For more information on FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, go to:, and to keep updated on what the BC SDA Members are up to, go to: Sunshine Coast.

All information provided in this blog article was given courtesy of Jennifer Love, fiber artist and SDA member!

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