Thursday, July 16, 2020



COVID has brought with it many challenges and love it or loath it technology is playing a greater role in our ability to connect across physical boundaries.
Articulation members zoomed into view on my iPhone screen for a mid-June catch up. As with any zoom event connectivity was conditional and prone to the pitfalls of bandwidth, unmuted microphones, and attempted screenshots that disconnected some of us. Basically the limitations most of us have encountered during this most unusual of years as our new normal. Our best bet, I think, is to reframe change and uncertainty by putting those concerns into a new box called opportunity.

Opportunities for R and R lie under these summer skies over Lake Winnipeg in July of 2020.

During our zoom meeting, we had an opportunity to gather as a group and reflect on some of the new logistical concerns we now face. Wendy and Donna's work in Calgary setting up a show of Articulation's work, "Provinces", at the  Fish Creek Library, like many events was postponed, locked down actually, and this work will be packed up and returned to sender in due course.

During this most unusual of summers. the extraordinary circumstances we all face require adaptation. Provinces was the first of our adapted exhibit plans. Our group commitments are now rescheduling tentatively for later dates. Nothing can be cast in stone with COVID still a long way from being behind us. We can however look forward to embracing a time when it is. For now, we have more time to review work completed over the past twenty years and continue with personal studio work. Stay tuned for firm dates and events as they can be confirmed in the future.

Wendy Klotz at work at play outdoors

During our zoom meeting, we also chatted about COVID's impact on our families. Wendy most appreciates the one on one visits with grandchildren online. We generally found a commonality in how we divide and newly label our works spaces. Homes have evolved and inspired reorganization, revitalization, and reflection. Sometimes it has been as simple as giving a sunny corner the title of our "Starbucks" corner, for its role accommodating morning coffee meetings. Some of us may have even renamed the back deck as our Starbucks patio.

Donna Clement is finding inspiration in the shadows.

Our summer routines are also requiring adaptation as we search for new opportunities during these COVID affected times when festivals, markets, and events have been tempered, altered, or outright cancelled across the country. Canada Day too was not immune to these restrictions.  In our neck of the woods, our annual family reunion was considerably smaller. The lake was still in view, the sounds of waves on the shore and bird song provided background white noise for those gathered and I think though limited in number we were more grateful to commune in person as some restrictions eased.

Ingrid Lincoln's Studio Rumble is procuring some interesting results like this cording project.

Like creatives everywhere, members of Articulation generally agreed that creativity fuels our lives regardless or sometimes because of the external circumstances we face.
Ingrid Lincoln of Winnipeg has been inspired to experiment with silk cords. Ingrid writes..."These are as a result of my COVID 19 studio rumble. I had some liquid dyes and fixatives which needed to be used. The fixative had started to separate. I dyed the silk fabric until the fixative was totally used. These cords are made from that fabric. Checking online it appears that particular dye is no longer available. I intend to continue with the chords so will have to experiment with new dyes. There is lots of fabric still to use up. Stay tuned."

An example of Ingrid's small collages

Ingrid's studio rumble, I love that term, also unearthed some beautiful boiled wool she was not able to part with. She has since made a jacket that requires closures, perhaps she says, as a symbol of our COVID mentality. Creative layers with silk organza and hand stitching are evolving into a small collage series. How big is small? We will have to stay tuned to find that out.

Lean Clifford has many UFO's and is addressing the situation from her basement studio, now home office.
"For me, it has been a blessing and a curse. Working from home means I am sometimes working till the wee hours as the computer is just a staircase away. The plus side is when I am stumped I dye fabric (400 pieces and counting), add stitches to a quilt, or organize a shelf."
Like Ingrid, expiry dates on supplies have been an inspiration. Her thematic focus has generally returned to Articulation's WAR project. She has been engaged in more bookmaking featuring fractured and compartmentalized ideas based on her maternal grandparents, their relationship, circumstances, and achievements.

Solstice provided an opportunity to play with some new routines

Leann's industry has been greatly affected by the COVID 19 restrictions. The integrity of Canada's food chain, and the beef industry in particular she says, has not particularly changed however the pandemic has required restructuring and creative responses to establish a new order for Canadian Beef producers. Art is definitely therapeutic for Leann at this time.

Donna Clement had four events planned for the 2020 festival season. Working to a deadline is her boss. She says COVID has definitely required some personal restructuring. For Donna, much time is spent pondering paperworks and journal ideas. Inspiration is never an issue. She confesses she is engaged in plenty of play with materials. The discipline to carry creative starts through to a finished product though has been a challenge.
Donna's garden and larder have been distinct beneficiaries of this new normal. I think in hindsight Donna just might find she has the foundation for a new body of work mostly formulated when she sits down to reflect on this summer of COVID.

Finding inspiration in a farmers market bouquet.

Wendy Klotz has continued work on her daughter's seasoned double wedding ring quilt. Doing a little every day is getting her closer and closer to the finish line on a long-overdue project. Her forays into online drawing classes have continued and she has recently signed up for a basket weaving workshop with Australian sculptor, Catriona Pollard whose works feature natural found objects woven into sculptural forms. I think we are all looking forward to seeing where Wendy's affinity for sculpture takes her with the benefit of time and new expertise on her hands.

This piece from my Re Blooming/ Re Patterning Series is on view in Morden Manitoba with the craft council's show

During our zoom meeting, we got a glimpse of Lesley Turner's grandson Osmund having a Nana moment. Family we can all agree has been and remains a paramount concern for all of us at this time.
Lesley's Vancouver Island garden has been a major consumer of her time to date. Slugs are proving to be her nemesis while proximity to Osmund is the largest silver lining of the COVID shut down.

Lesley is pleased to be back in her studio two days per week, aiming for three and currently working on colour studies. She says she is having a real good time of it. What an opportunity that is.
Her "The Laundry Room" show with Laura Feeleus, like events everywhere, has been moved to September of 2021 for now.

Lesley at work on her colour studies looking at value.

I have continued work on my Re Blooming/Re Patterning Series, stretching finished panels onto boards and I have even found myself back in my Exchange District Studio in Winnipeg with paintbrushes in hand. Getting back to painting felt like a perennial bloom in itself after such an extended hiatus. I have been grateful to clients who have sought sanctuary in the colour of my work via my website and purchased or commissioned pieces as a result. Their enthusiasm as proven to be restorative and encouraging when many, if not all avenues of studio revenue have evaporated. Thank you. I am so very grateful for your support in words and deed.

I may be able to fry an egg on the floor but being at the studio with a paintbrush in hand  is a gift despite the recent heat

Lake time has been a salve during recent hot spells on the prairies. I have nothing but gratitude for mother nature despite the fact that the more than one-hundred-year-old building that houses my creative space is twice as hot as anywhere else midsummer. Not a complaint, just a statement of fact and a reminder of my Australian roots in extended summers without air conditioning.

Wow, just wow. Evidence of Lesley Turner's green thumb.

On behalf of Articulation, I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy the beauty and inspiration of our Canadian summers, wherever you are. May you find ways to connect with your loved ones and find opportunities to celebrate together during these challenging times.

Stay safe, stay socially distanced, and be kind and creative.

Until next time,
Amanda Onchulenko

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Monday, June 8, 2020



May brings with it many new beginnings. Mothers Day traditionally draws families together but this year many of us had to get creative and embrace various forms of technology to make connections.

My immediate family headed out to Manitoba's lake country to see how the cottage had navigated another winter. Some years we are greeted by the first spring bulbs already blooming, on others we have seen ice walls blown in on our beach after a wild winter storm. This year the ice was breaking up yet the unusual sighting of icebergs carrying out the remnants of another long winter continued right through to May long weekend.

An iceberg floats by, mid May, on Lake Winnipeg.

It was not surprising then that we had no sightings of brave souls literally breaking the ice on their summer routines with their annual first swim of the season. I am a 25+ year veteran of weekday morning swims at the YMCA and though my morning routine has been seriously disrupted by the covid 19 shutdowns, I was not about to make a point to be the first to make a splash. My aversion to cold water has not abated despite my desperation.

While we all long for a return to routine, even if it is a new routine, our new normal is still evolving.

Instead I was inside the cottage enjoying the warmth of our fireplace and intent on reestablishing some form of normalcy at our seasonal home. In preparation, or what could possibly be defined as an avoidance strategy, if anyone is analyzing my motives, I spent some time between these two weekends reorganizing my lake linens for their summer transit. We call our place the Goodwill cottage partly because the Goodwill Store on Princess Avenue in Winnipeg's Exchange District has been the source of many a cottage collection.

Calgary's Wonderland sculpture is masked as a physical reminder of our new normal during COVID 19. 

Goodwill is also an excellent source for linen tea towels and I am an avid collector.
I am not one to iron, in fact I am very quick to fold loads out of the dryer to avoid the work of ironing but when it came to my curled and bunched collection I decided it was well past the time to hit it with some heavy steam.

Preparations for cottage season turned into a pressing yet peaceful activity.

The journey through my Goodwill travels evolved into a meditative journey through process. On the way, I was reacquainted with newlyweds Charles and Diana before I found myself in tropical Barbados and the Bahamas on a late winter getaway. I flipped past calendar years stopping briefly in 1973 to take in the miniature village and bandstand in Eastbourne before moving into 1982 where I found a recipe for damper. I met a Kiwi and conversed with some Australian birds and flowers before ending my jaunt in Scotland and Wales. Averaging a buck and a quarter apiece, it was definitely good value for my travel dollar and the best I could do in these isolating times with borders and continents shut down for our safety.

Re-blooming, reconstructing narrative, engaging in personal dialogue.

We are all in this together and though these unusual times are creating unusual circumstances for us all there are some silver linings. Added time with our immediate families is the first to come to mind, frequent hugs from my young adult children who are missing their social lives and friendships have been a particularly welcome change. I have also had more time for a much greater focus on the garden both at home and at the lake.

My home sewing room has beckoned me while I have been away from my Downtown studio and I am continuing work on my re-blooming series. Process is both cathartic and regenerative for me. Textiles are a comfort. Creating in textiles is a balm for so many creatives, particularly in troubling times.

Lesley has spent afternoons in her garden designing and building new beds with the help of family members.

Lesley Turner's Vancouver Island sanctuary has the early warmth that accelerates its bounty as well as its work for the Turner clan. Lesley has enjoyed the labour of returned grown children and morning playtime with her grandson. She also sees the first peonies of the season and is pressed to get them gathered into bouquets before the ants arrive.

We all tend to envy Lesley's coastal climate at this time of year but are grateful to share in a virtual bounty.
To quote Lesley, she has "Peonies for days."

The isolation of 2020 has drawn Calgarian, Donna Clement indoors to her kitchen. Revisiting family recipes and restocking the larder for future soup nights has definitely inspired Donna. I have always described colour as delicious and Donnas borscht is very clearly an excellent example of my theory.

Isolation during these unprecedented times may have provided an opportunity to
reconnect with our family members, past and present, in new ways.

Ingrid Lincoln's garden has drawn her outside too when the weather allows but she has also been diligent in her travels to the studio. Experimentation is taking precedence in her quest to revisit and reuse "found" supplies and some of her explorations are yielding very interesting results. I am looking forward to seeing where these experiments in fibre take her.

A return to hand stitching has Ingrid working on a number of small fabric collages.

Ingrid has also been playing with foil supplies. She says she is "trying to make sense of these foiled pieces, combining them with delicate silk from India. I have resorted to a pressing cloth".

Ingrid may have had some literal pressing issues to work on with these pieces as they evolve.

Wendy Klotz of Calgary is finding "such joy amidst the gloom seeing life in the garden return". She is always drawn to the outdoors and frequently photographs and posts foliage and flowers bursting quietly into bloom in both remote and rugged locations and nurtured urban spaces.

A beautiful but windy day at Fir Creek provided for a photographic field trip Wendy describes as
" a peaceful way to seek beauty in unsettling times".

Our regular routines may be disrupted during this pandemic but Wendy like many of us is finding new ways to be creative and pressing her skills into action in new ways. She has discovered Zoom and is putting it to creative use.

Wendy's travels into her landscape are featuring in her homework projects.

Wendy has embraced the changes and challenges of the shut down by signing up for an online drawing class with @dionneswift which she says has worked amazingly well. Last year's home studio clear out unearthed a plethora of sketchbooks we are all happy to see Wendy making such good use of.

An as-yet-unnamed piece from Amanda's Re-Patterning/ Re-Blooming series.

I too have taken to my garden when I am not working on my developing series which has grown from an original estimated ten panels to a current 16 all at varying degrees of completion. Focus may not have been my strongest suit during these unusual times but I have unearthed silver linings in many ways.
The garden has become the new gym in the wake of indoor pool closures.  Here I have undertaken some serious grunt work renovating spaces I usually don't have time for. I have been granted added time with my grown children who find themselves working from the dining room, full time through March and April, and now, part-time as our province begins to reopen, and that is a real bonus.

Shipping has become a new challenge during the 2020's shut down. One of the biggest to date for Amanda was the two-person crocodile wrestle it took to get these two mandart pillows into that fax box destined for Toronto.

For creatives everywhere, the spring of 2020 has been a challenge to their businesses, work schedules, and revenue sources. The present is evolving rapidly in new and unprecedented directions globally and we find our only constant is change. Articulation's 2020 exhibition schedule, for example, once thought of as "robust" for this year has evolved into an uncertain future.

We can all agree on the health of our Nation is paramount but when we get to the other side of these unprecedented times we will want to have creative businesses and exhibition sites to attend and be able to see the work of artists and creators who use their talents; questioning and discovering, making statements and keeping our society thoughtful, challenged, soothed and beautified.
Lesley's Laundry Room project could easily become more than a pressing statement given the current global climate mid-COVID.

A huge thank you goes out to all who are supporting creative initiatives by purchasing products that now won't be seen at sales, shows, festivals, and creative markets in 2020. We hope you will continue to be mindful of your consumer choices. When we are all pressed in so many different ways at this time please know should you choose to support a creative endeavour by an Artist, Creator, or Maker it will be greatly appreciated.
  The freedom to be our creative selves and contribute to the human part of our global experience is a luxury myself and creative colleagues everywhere hope to continue to afford.

Be well, stay safe, social distance as you can, and thank you on behalf of vulnerable groups everywhere for your dedication to flattening the COVID curve.

Amanda Onchulenko,
On behalf of Canada's Articulation Textile Group.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020



The vision and optimism that began 2020 have very quickly evolved into a new reality few, if any of us, saw coming. Did we foresee 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 Peninsula and recently Royal landscape.

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

Spring cleaning at home and a commitment to creating 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

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

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


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 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


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


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.,