Tuesday, April 28, 2020

ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP; REVISIONING IN APRIL OF 2020



                      ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP; REVISIONING IN APRIL OF 2020


The vision and optimism that began 2020 has very quickly evolved into a new reality few, if any of us, saw coming. Did we forsee the shut down of not only gallery, exhibition and creative spaces, but the everyday routines of everyone in every corner of the globe during this covid-19 pandemic?

Change truly has proven to be our only constant and the sea change we are all facing brings with it rolling waves and tidal ebbs and flows that are restructuring many a creative's process and outlook.
Covid 19 has changed the way we think, work and act and provided some unexpected quality time to reflect.

New terms are popping up with regularity. The "Covid-20", for example, describing the reactionary  carb laden snacks baking in homes everywhere, filling the void left by our vacated routines.
"Covidiots" are going about their day without concern for social distancing, but I am glad to know they are the minority.

Most of us are developing new normals and finding ways to be together in our households. Creativity reigns in stressful times and I am glad to report my family has found ways to mark out personal territory and we are enjoying the opportunity to walk and talk together on daily, socially distanced jaunts, without the usual distractions.


We can all be inspired by a new season even if for some of us it is a little slow in arriving.


Members of Articulation, like everyone else, are managing through these unusual times.
Wendy Klotz writes: Having to stay home has given me the gift of unstructured time which has meant I have had the opportunity to work on my daughter's wedding quilt. She was married in 2005 so the fabric was well matured. The quilt is not quite finished but the finish line is definitely in sight.

Having this time has allowed Wendy to figure out why this project was regretfully stashed away. My guess is the structure of a double wedding ring quilt requires a lot of repetition, following a pattern and "colouring in the lines". This is no easy task for a creative who more easily sees new directions and tangents in a developing idea.

Wendy Klotz's double wedding ring top completed


Lesley Turner returned to Canada and self-isolation as borders closed and she settled into her new reality. A focus on family and Nanna knitting have taken the bulk of Lesley's creative time as she grounds herself in her spring garden on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsular and recently Royal landscape.

Lesley has been busy blocking her Nanna knitting after her travels.

Spring cleaning at home and a commitment to create a new body of work for an upcoming exhibition, now cancelled, has meant less urgency for Lesley's creative agenda. Lesley says she is working at a much slower pace than is her norm. Many of us appear to be feeling a similar relaxation of our personal expectations. Some like Donna Clement are refocusing attention on smaller details in different media.
Donna Clement has recently focused on a smaller scale and colour with these tags.


Taking some time to mentally adjust to our new paradigm is not something only the creatives are facing. When we look back at this period will we think of it as a gift, time to slow down, to recalibrate, and decide where our focus really wants to go?

Lesley has coined a new term, "slippage" to describe the tendency to stay up late watching new shows on Netflix, sleeping in, awaking to leisurely breakfasts accompanied by reading for pleasure, not purpose. She has been enjoying this forgotten experience COVID-19 has reinstated.


Lesley illustrates the difference yarn choices can make.

It sounds like a gift to me and I think we can all be excused for not getting to our studios, if available, or makeshift creative spaces, as often or regularly as our usual programming. Coping in unfamiliar times can be considered a success, that is if anyone is casting judgment.

Spring bouquets are a common theme for those of us wanting to support local businesses.
With spring around the corner in the west, we can take a page from Lesley's book and look to our future gardens and the abundance of life ready to spring forth from the seeds we plant now in isolation.

Donna Clement has been spending quality time journalling
Donna Clement says she is doing her part to support small businesses by ordering from local florists and restaurants. Colour is good for the soul she says, especially when it comes in the form of a spring bouquet. If we want to continue to access the unique pleasures available in small businesses we need to support them now.



Organizing details of our own small businesses is also a good idea. Donna's new business cards remind me I need to do the same.


Ingrid Lincoln, Hand stitching on silk organza.
Perhaps the busiest creative of our group is Ingrid Lincoln who has been regularly at work in her studio and doing what she calls the "studio rumble", challenging her mind making decisions in stitch and using up studio supplies. During these serious rumblings, Ingrid has discovered the remarkable shelf life of some products and is making interesting discoveries by allowing her imagination to flow. Ingrid has enjoyed the inspiration of forgotten art supplies and has begun a "scarred" series combining silk organza dyed with potato dextrin resist, foil, photo transfers, fabric painting, and of course hand stitching in her evolving repertoire that is producing some exciting and colourful results.


A hint of spring was all it took for Ingrid to get outside to dye new scarf lengths
Lean Clifford has maintained a quiet focus on family and is possibly busy with hand stitching on her quilts or collaging paper into unique hand made notebooks.

The back action, part of Amanda's 'Re-patterning Series'

I have been largely out of my studio and working from home respecting social distancing and getting cozy with my family. I admit I can be easily distracted and may be experiencing my own form of Lesley's "slippage". I am missing my paintbrushes for sure but have kept my creative juices flowing doing some snow dyeing with the now diminished snowbank in my front yard and entertaining my colour starved neighbours.

Amanda spent an afternoon snow dyeing silk in the last snowbank standing.

Like Ingrid unearthing unused supplies in her studio rumble, I came across some dye sublimated samples I had forgotten about and  I am now enjoying the development of a new body of work, tentatively called the "Repatterning Series". My refreshed sewing room at home is feeling better and better the more time I spend in it.  I believe the search for a silver lining in trying times should not be limited to only the smallest of our interior spaces and to that end, handwork has been known to spread into sunny corners all over my house.


We have all found silver linings during this pandemic. For Amanda, it involves heavy machine quilting in a renewed sewing space. What silver linings have you found during these unusual times?

Like people everywhere we have all made adjustments to our routines and rhythms during these unprecedented times but as the weeks and days progress we are seeing our global commitment to flattening the curve and protecting vulnerable populations is having the desired effect. We all hope for a return to normal programming but what will that look like when restrictions relax and we can establish our new normal?

I hope it includes some creativity and a solid dose of gratitude for the sacrifices made by so many.
Until we meet again, stay safe and socially distanced as required.

All best,
from Amanda Onchulenko
On behalf of Articulation Textile Group, Canada.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

ARTICULATION MEMBERS TURN INTO THEIR STUDIOS TO SELF ISOLATE


After a very successful year as an exhibiting group, Articulation Textile Group made a collective decision to concentrate on our personal studio practice, to focus on ideas that truly inspired them individually and to see where these new creative trails would lead them. We coined the descriptor, "out of the studio", in reference to the potential creative discoveries we were poised to make excavating personal discoveries in fibre.

Given the global situation that continues to evolve, on a daily and even hourly basis, Articulation members have been wise to turn into their studios to self isolate during the coronavirus pandemic. I don't think any of us would ever ignore a directive to seek quiet time and be creative, we would, along with the rest of the world however, prefer to not be dealing with the current situation in our neighbourhoods, our province, across the country and around the globe.

As the new year turned and 2020 arrived I set my personal intention for the year. Sitting quietly in my stillness I listened until eventually two words, not one, came to mind: To ALLOW and to ACCEPT.

At the time I was critical of my inability to procure just one simple term, love perhaps, maybe even kindness, but I eventually did just that, allowed and accepted these words as the guiding philosophy of my year ahead. This year is evolving, and here we are only in March, but already I am aware of just how profound that choice of two small words is becoming.

Amanda's studio friend adopted from the Goodwill on Princess, Winnipeg.
If you are like me you have routines and schedules in place, a few plans and maybe even a dream or desire on the back burner waiting to spring into motion. You juggle responsibilities and commitments, expectations like those you have for yourself and also those placed upon you. It is time now to allow that on the back burner they will remain and to accept we have no control over all that we currently face as a society, a community, a family and an individual.

It's a very good thing I have been practicing this allow and accept routine, at least for the last little while. These two small words, as simple as they seem, are not as simple in their application in real life circumstances. I am finding it requires some discipline, reflection and even resignation as I strive to be patient with myself in my attempts to implement these concepts into all areas of my life.

I would love to hear of ways you are allowing and accepting conditions and consequences into your world as the we navigate such drastic change at this point in our collective history.




Change is a constant for us all. In Winnipeg the situation is evolving by the minute. Leaving the studio yesterday, the downtown of my travels felt quiet and sparse and reflective of so many business limiting hours or engaging in complete social distancing measures. Was that even a term last week?

Arts groups everywhere will be feeling the pinch. Articulation's "PROVINCES" show at the Fish Creek Library in Calgary, like most if not all public spaces, will remain behind the closed doors of the venue until further notice according to Maureen Lallier, the coordinator of the show in Calgary.
Maureen was quick to point out that the many visitors to the space to date were really enjoying the work.


"How does art come into being? Out of volumes, motion, spaces carved out within the surrounding space, the universe."Alexander Calder (Dali Museum, St Petersburg, Florida.)
 With borders closed and travel curtailed I find myself reflecting on recent gallery visits and some of the pieces that truly inspired me. I have always been drawn to the work of Alexander Calder. Captured in history books his works are intriguing, in real life they are mesmerizing. I particularly loved the thread-like quality of this simple yet complex sculpture and appreciated his descriptor of the process above.

Guy Tanguy at the same museum was quoted... "The element of surprise in the creation of a work of art is the most important factor". Tactile play might be a good starting point to encapsulate my process across mediums. What is the driving force behind your work?

Planning for summer events and shows continues among the uncertainty we all face. Join Amanda in the Bunkie in June, C19 permitting.
My work is driven by colour and fuelled by exploration. The current body of work is spreading itself across surfaces and assembling in bags and piles I have tentatively described as the Re blooming series. I am looking at the concepts of dialogue, story and narrative, combining processes I am comfortable with and others that are new to me. I am excited about evolving themes, inspired by scraps in proximity that spur new thoughts and developing tangents that invite reflection and yes sometimes allowance and acceptance.

Wendy Klotz is self-isolating and at work on her Sea project.

Wendy, our bathing English beauty continues to be inspired by the sea. She obtained a ghost net from the Emerald Sea Protection Society and is combining that with Guterman thread made from recycled pop bottles and hand made sequins, also from pop bottles. Her research aims to subtly draw attention to the trash polluting our oceans. We all look forward to seeing how this work evolves.


Lesley Turner's The Laundry Room project will continue its evolution when Lesley's mandated return to Canada from New Zealand allows her to get back into her studio on beautiful Vancouver Island.

The shirts shown above, Lesley writes, have been decollared, if that's a word? If there is such a word its Latin root is likely to be decollo which means to decapitate or behead. I love Lesley's thought process and how she often allows seemingly simple concepts to evolve conceptually in very meaningful ways.


Ingrid Lincoln continues to excavate her archives revisiting themes and experiments and allowing abandoned projects to evolve into new ideas. With apologies to Ingrid whose current explorations I am unable to access, I am substituting this yarn bomb totem I discovered in Toronto during a snowstorm in January. I was reminded then that creativity in small measures and large make a world of difference in the spaces we inhabit.

This little angel I found in Orlando while visiting The Morse Museum, dedicated to Tiffany glass.

As I prepare to close for now I wanted to end off with a little Love, sent from the heart of this undedicated angel I recently came across in Orlando. In these times of uncertainty and dis-ease, I hope you might find some time and space to seek your guiding words for the year, spend some quality time with your immediate family, friends or cohabiters and keep yourself healthy and safe.

May we all accept social distancing as a temporary term to embrace and allow our feelings and emotions to flow through these troubling times. Be creative and kind and realise this too shall pass.

all best,
Amanada Onchulenko on behalf of Articulation Textile Group

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Monday, March 16, 2020

ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP MOUNTS, "PROVINCES", AT THE FISH CREEK LIBRARY IN CALGARY.

        
Western Canada's Articulation Textile Group considers the vast and diverse landscape that is Canada, with "PROVINCES". Mounted at The Fish Creek Library in Calgary by members: Donna Clement and Wendy Klotz, the show will hang through the month of March, 2020.

The panels on view are reflections on the idea of place: the spaces we inhabit, have experienced or aspire to visit. Constructed in provincial pairs each panel measures, 25" x 80". A single representative of each partnership hangs in this exhibit.




The panels aim to explore the Canadian landscape tradition, to illustrate the colours of our nation and to celebrate that which distinguishes, yet also unites us as Canadians. Working individually Articulation members used hand and machine stitching, quilted layers, collage, appliqué, batik, painting, dye sublimation and photography. The diverse creative choices made unite in format to describe in textiles, our Canada.

This project was the first Articulation project I participated in when I became the newest member of the group. I remember feeling a bit daunted by the fact that I was to create a pair measuring a combined 50" x 80" that was also reversible. The restrictions of available space at the Fish Creek Library mean that only half of most of the pairs are able to be hung at this time so in reality only 25% of this body of work is on view at this time.

Initially conceived as a walk across this great continent the reversibility was important and visibility of each side was dependant on whether you entered the space from east or west coast perspective. I think this show illuminates not just the work of a group of textile artists striving to express themselves creatively, but also speaks to the changes groups like ours a are facing as the gallery scene adapts and evolves to changes in philosophy and economics. Deciding to exhibit a partial show also speaks to the ideas of resilience and dedication: our western members were not content to let a body of work lay idle and continued the search for local space to introduce audiences to our work in fibre.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

A New Year begins for Articulation Textile Group


                   A NEW YEAR BEGINS FOR ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP.

Articulation Textile Group's creative mandate for 2020, "Out of the Studio", refers to our determination as a group to focus on individual studio practice for our work in textiles.
The New Year and a new decade have arrived, holidays are over and new thoughts and ideas and ultimately new work are percolating for some Articulation members and actually taking physical shape for others.
Will last summers focus on dyeing fabrics by Lesley Turner, Donna Clement and Lean Clifford feature in new work in 2020?
Some of us have physically been getting out and about and away from our studios and routines. Getting out of the country and into a warmer climate, even for just a week at this time of year has a restorative and inspiring effect on Canadians. My hand is up to get away in winter at any opportunity.

Travel allows us to take time to explore new places, see what is showing in galleries and creative spaces elsewhere, and remains a focus for our group of creative explorers.
Ingrid was the first to get away on a family trip to Huatulco, Mexico. It is possibly where she made some time to finish her Stephen West shawl using up lots of stock yarn she had on hand. She is planning another version in a different colour way, experimenting with weights and drapes.

Knitting is a comfortable passion for Ingrid Lincoln. This is her latest effort.
New Years are great for new beginnings. Ingrid's return to the studio has her revisiting figurative themes and repatterning processed fabrics in new ways. Process can be exhilarating especially when we step out of our comfort zone and take some time to play. Seeing how our colleagues think and work is always exciting and so far 2020 is encouraging some repatterning and revisioning of process and ultimately product. I am excited to see how things evolve.

Ingrid at play. January 2020

Donna Clement is well travelled and has been focusing her time on family gatherings of late. Studio practice is taking a backseat for now but even when we are not fully focused on our work in textiles we somehow can't help but to admire creative expressions around us even if they are on the sidelines as we make our way through our daily travels. 

5/6 of Articulation Textile Group in Calgarys Public Library last November

Donna was kind enough to pass along the poster for an upcoming Articulation show. Our work on Provinces has been waiting for a suitable space and will happily be hanging in The Fish Creek Library in Calgary through the month of March. We hope if you are in Calgary you will search out Calgary's many creative spaces and take in our work. We are all excited to see it installed.

Fun Fact: My Newfoundland piece shown on the card below was inspired by a photograph I took of my family as we stood on Canadas most easterly point. It was raining and foggy and the wind was a treat but my daughters long blonde hair took on a life of its own. Her hair in that moment in time became the visual reference I used to describe the power of wind as it meets our continent in these panels.






Articulations various bodies of work to date have inspired us in different ways. Sometimes a theme sparks a creative thread that continues into future work. Wendy's focus on water that began with the Salish Sea and Tofino continues to inspire her. Her explorations so far include working with a selection of materials including ghost nets sent to her by the Emerald Sea Protection Society. She is including Guiterman thread made from recycled pop bottles and is making hand made sequins, also from pop bottles. 
Wendy says she "Wants to draw attention to the trash polluting our oceans but in a subtle way."

Wendys work in progress

Lesley Turner has been busy with her Nana Knitting while travelling. She spent time in Tofino on  the west coast where she ended up being stranded due to rock falls on the only route out. She made sure to collect beach debris during her extra time there as well. Much of it plastic, her collection appears to support Wendy's focus on the human impact on natural environments.

"The Businessman and the Launderer" by Lesley Turner in progress.

Lesley is working on a new body of work for an exhibition with Laura Feeleus in Goward House, Victoria, showing July 31st through to September 3rd, 2020. This exhibition is called, "Launder" and it examines the domestic economy. Follow her on Instagram under "Ravenmade" to see how the work progresses.

Lesley Turner is working with men's business shirts that already have personalities of their own.

I too enjoyed a brief winter break to Huatulco and took some time to take in local exhibits in airports and along my daily trails. Saltwater is a true balm for me and I came back to my studio feeling refreshed and ready to get to work. My process involves a lot of time upfront percolating thoughts and ideas and for some time my thoughts have been ruminating around the connection between the personal and the universal. For the first time in many bodies of work, I am totally process-driven and allowing the product to resolve itself as a secondary outcome. I am finding it very interesting to dig deeper into the ideas of repatterning, as well as the concepts of narrative, story, and dialogue.

Amanda experimenting with formative experience and story using batik on silk organza. 


My travels also involved a few days in Toronto where I got to explore lots of great art and installations in a variety of creative spaces. More on textile-based works discovered in a future post. For now, I have my hands full reformatting original ideas into new processes and I look forward to seeing what evolves. At New Years I defined two words to encapsulate my year ahead and I aim to use those: allow and accept, in all aspects of my life, reforming my approach to processes in life and in art.

My "Bloom Series" is being supervised by our cat Miss Adelaide who looks pretty darn good for someone who is over 100

There is definitely something about the fabrics I am using in these sublimated prints derived from my painting practice, that intrigues our Addy cat. I think it goes beyond getting attention for a back rub. Could she have been a seamstress or a quilter in another life?

Speaking of quilters our hand quilter and book artist, Leann Clifford has been quiet on the studio front, playing her creative cards close to her chest but making progress sorting out our fall Articulation show in Regina. 

Leann Cliffords hand quilting resonates symbolically on many of her projects
2020 is coincidently the 20th anniversary of Articulation's association. A diverse group of textile artists have completed work under that banner to date and our current members work very hard to  maintain the high standards set over these past 20 years. This year is already shaping up to be a great one with multiple shows and the potential for cross Canada collaborations to come. Join us on our creative journey as our projects evolve.

Happy New Year from me, Amanda Onchulenko, on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.,

Monday, December 30, 2019

AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT: ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP IN 2019


I am a 20-year veteran YMCA swimmer who was greeted at the pond this morning with a question. Are you taking any time off over the break to rest?
It got me thinking... do I ever really take a moment to take in the enormity of what the past year really was? Do we give ourselves an opportunity to reflect, to even acknowledge all that has taken place?

Amanda Onchulenko, 'Reflection,' Connected Heritage, New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli MB
If you're like me, you are too busy: thinking, planning and doing, figuring out, keeping up or imagining what is next, but my friend made a very good point. To honour my friend's query in this brief season that hangs between Christmas and New Years, I will take this opportunity for a contemplative review of what we as Articulation Textile Group were up to during 2019.

Leann Clifford, 'Ripple and Frond,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
Its time to remind ourselves what evolved, what endured and what we have individually and collectively achieved. Reflection or review it should be noted is not a judgment, it is more an assessment and acknowledgment of events, achievements, accomplishments, missteps and creative tangents that contributed to our personal and professional growth and led us to where we are today, right here in the present.

Wendy Klotz, 'A Blanket for my Grandfather,' War: A Personal Response, Sidney Museum, Sidney BC
We began 2019 reflecting on our very successful project, WAR: A Personal Response, that exhibited at the Sidney Museum in the fall of 2018. WAR, the project, inspired a new way to approach fibre arts production and process for our exhibiting group. Working in community on a common theme became more and more personal as each member dove deeper into the discovery of personal family histories. There were no parameters other than the title. War was definitely a creative tangent that illuminated our collective passion for the process and inspired a paradigm shift that established a new premise and inspirational structure for future work.

Ingrid Lincoln, 'Cherry Orchard,' War: A Personal Response, Sidney Museum, Sidney BC
With that exploratory process in mind, our group was busy in early 2019 putting final touches on completed pieces for upcoming shows. Forest and Sea and the Place Between was mounted at Portals Gallery, Duncan BC. The show ran from March 26th to April 18, 2019.
The Salish Sea and environs inspired our reverence and interaction, giant old-growth forests and timber cathedrals inspired awe, and that reverent theme continued with our experience of Tofino and Canada's rugged natural coastline.

Wendy Klotz, 'Kelp,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
We each filtered our thoughts and ideas through our preferred personal processes to produce an inspiring and inquiring show.
Our membership spans the west from Manitoba to Vancouver Island so our opportunities to gather communally are limited. In 2019 however, multiple opportunities arose. At an artist reception on April 13th, local, Lesley Turner was joined at Portals Gallery by Ingrid Lincoln of Winnipeg and Wendy Klotz of Calgary. The work was diverse in technique and expression and much admired by a very active and textile savvy community who declared our work to be of international quality.

Lesley Turner, 'Dialogue 1,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
With Forest and Sea and the Place Between hanging, our workdays expanded to accommodate our commitment to The New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba. Connected Heritage exhibited for the entire summer in this vibrant lakeside community with Icelandic roots. It is always interesting to discover who attends a show and even more amazing to realize what a diverse international crowd is drawn to the inland ocean that is Lake Winnipeg in Canada's heartland. Articulation's show Connected Heritage hosted visitors from as far away as Japan, Australia, and the Middle East. Notably, none of the Australians were known to me :)

Donna Clement, 'Vinarterta,' Connected Heritage, New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli MB

Manitoba also had the pleasure of hosting Ingrid Lincoln, and Lesley Turner of Articulation, along with Laura Feelus and Louise Lamb in a show called Dualities at the Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg, May 9-21, 2019.

Ingrid Lincoln, Dualities, The Cre8ery, Winnipeg
 As a result of our Forest and Sea and the Place Between show, our members were invited to submit works to The Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show. Wendy Klotz and Lesley Turner answered the call and contributed work. Lesley's 'Soldier's Heart' and 'Battle Fatigue/s' from our War: A Personal Response project, won an Award of Excellence.

Lesley Turner, 'Soldiers Heart' and 'Battle Fatigue/s',  Portals Gallery, Duncan, BC
Between travel and personal commitments, Lesley also participated in exhibiting in the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association's annual show Current Threads. Her work, 'Origins,' debuted in the Gimli Connected Heritage show and made its way back to the Island in time to exhibit in the fall. Lesley describes VISDA members as artists willing to tackle large, serious and intensely personal subjects.. while demonstrating mastery of their craft.


Beyond our group exhibition schedule, most of our group attended the biennial Surface Design Association Conference, Beyond the Surface, in St Louis, in October. Held in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles, over 30 regional non-profit, and commercial art galleries, organizations, and museums, presented innovative exhibitions exploring fibre art and textiles by local, national and international artists. One theme they saw developing was numerous artists working with the 'personal to access the universal' concept. Everybody returned home inspired.

Donna Clement at the Alberta University of the Arts for a summer residency.
Our group is inquisitive and individually and collectively seek out creative products and productions at home and away. Our annual gathering, this year in Calgary, in November, afforded an opportunity to take in the Esker Foundation in Inglewood and exhibits by Jeffrey Gibson and Nep Sidhu.

Lesley and Donna and a new friend at the Esker Foundation with Nep Sidhu's 'Divine of Form, Formed in the Divine'

Calgary's new Central Library, architecture as sculpture, accommodated our need for creative discovery. It is a must-see for anyone visiting the west and is host to some amazing art pieces too, among them Articulation member Donna Clement's daughter-in-law Brittany Bear Hat's work.

Interior Calgary Central Library, Calgary, AB

Articulation's focus in 2019 was not restricted to group shows. Wendy Klotz and Donna Clement again partnered in a Contextual residency through the summer at the Alberta University of the Arts. I mounted two solo shows, hosted the Wave Interlake Artists Studio Tour in June and September at our cottage and published my first book, 'Wisdom at the Crossroads,' fittingly on Australia Day. Everyone of us has continued with our creative explorations and looks forward to an adjusted paradigm for future Articulation group shows that focus more consistently on our private studio practice.

Tofino Study session, gathering ideas prior to the Forest and Sea and Place Between show
So, what has endured in 2019? Personally I think the gift of collaboration and mutual support Articulation Textile Group provides is a highlight of membership in this creative ensemble. Having the option of a sounding board, colleagues in creativity and access to others who think outside the box, when we mostly all work in isolation is amazing and something I am extremely grateful for.

Articulation Textile Group spends a lot of time behind the scenes getting these shows off the ground and their work on display. Annual gatherings aim to find a balance between work and play while still attending to the business at hand.
Together we have committed to continue our supportive association and explore creativity in textiles. We are dedicated to exploring the arts at home and away and to continue to develop our creative process into what will be Articulation's 20th year in 2020.

Leann Clifford, 'Keeping the home Front,' detail, War: A Personal Response, Sidney, BC

The New year looks to be an exciting, inspiring and action-packed year for us all and we look forward to celebrating it in fibre with you.
Happy New Year from all of us.
All the best,
Amanda Onchulenko,  on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.


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