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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Thursday, December 5, 2019

ARTICULATION TEXTILE GROUP IN CALGARY 2019

 Articulation Textile Group recently met in Calgary to discuss, review, implement, and plan all things textile in our combined worlds. All six members were in attendance and I have to say I am very inspired by the work ethic of this creative group.
Donna Clement and Wendy Klotz, our local hosts, secured a lovely AirBnB in a residential neighbourhood. Its five bedrooms and five bathrooms provided a lovely base to work through the business of being an exhibiting group spread across half of Canada. 


The living room (above) was the location of after supper gatherings and where we worked through the critiquing process, one of our working topics during this year's meeting. Gathering annually keeps us all aligned, informed and inspired, and reminds us why we appreciate the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of each member of our group.


During our stay, Calgary put on a beautiful hoar frost after an early snowfall.

This year (beyond reviewing our healthy exhibition schedule for 2019: "Forest and Sea and the Place Between", at Portals Gallery in Duncan, BC and "Connected Heritage" at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba) we focused on looking ahead at what each of us is currently working on and how our independent studio practices might inform Articulation exhibits in the future.


Our trip wasn't all work and no play, though we diligently made it through our agenda and beyond, we did make time for some creative discovery. The Esker Foundation Gallery in Inglewood is currently exhibiting the work of Jeffrey Gibson and Nep Sidhu and it was an inspiration.


Jeffrey Gibson, "To Name An Other", 2019; 50 Garments, polyester, nylon thread, 50 Drums, wood, deer hyde, acrylic ink. Shown at Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB, courtesy the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago.


"Jeffrey Gibson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hudson, NY. His artworks make reference to various aesthetics and material histories rooted in indigenous cultures of the Americas, and in modern and contemporary subcultures." (Esker Fall brochure). Collaboration and performance feature in Gibson's practice and even installed as a stationary exhibit his dye sublimated costumes read as performance.


"Anchoring Nep Sidhu's show, "Divine of form, Formed in the Divine", are works from Sidhu's "When My Drums Come Knocking They Watch Series". These large scale tapestries variously commemorate how percussive rhythms are formed through labour, function as architecture of ceremony, structure communication, and collectively evoke how cultural practices conjure aural and embodied rhythms that carry ancestral connections forward in time". (Cheyanne Turions, Esker Foundation, Fall 2019)



Our group is a curious bunch who are always eager to explore textiles. Donna Clement in red above and Lesley Turner, middle, inspired other visitors to listen in on their technical discussions as they examined and imagined the processes used. Ingrid Lincoln, above, may not be our tallest member but she does hint at the scale of these impressive tapestries from her behind the play vantage point.


Taking Ingrid's lead, we got a close up look at the creative process involved in these large pieces. It was interesting to see the simplicity of the zig-zag stitch as the foundation of these very graphic, tightly corded and pristinely finished pieces.


Leann had to leave our group early to get back to her day job but that didn't stop the rest of us from gathering to work on new technological developments and flesh out a few new ideas, appropriately around the dining room table. 
Articulation Textile Group has been an exhibiting group for almost 20 years now. Brought together to undertake the City and Guilds program in Calgary, the original group from across Canada developed a paradigm of meeting in Canadian cities to research locations collectively. The concept of developing bodies of work individually to exhibit collectively benefited from the thread of common experience. 


This time last year we were exhibiting our 'WAR: A Personal Response' work at the Sidney Museum. We found exploring our family histories to be a profound link to our personal cultures and a powerful starting work for expressing these stories in textiles. War has changed our approach to our collective work and is a paradigm we will be adopting as we develop our individual fibre arts practices to exhibit under the Articulation banner.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

ARTICULATION'S FALL LINE UP 2019


      ARTICULATION'S FALL LINE UP 2019.

The seasons roll annually around in what feels like a quicker succession and suddenly we find ourselves wading through brilliantly painted fallen leaves, or in some cases early snow.
Fall is about both beginnings and endings. For some it is a favourite time of year while others dread its preamble to the winter months.

Ingrid Lincoln back in the studio at work and at play.
Amanda Onchulenko's Painting 101 Series

Fall in Manitoba has been particularly wet but apparently wet is favoured by our urban forest which in return put on a spectacular New England inspired show. Thanksgiving weekend hosted an unseasonal weather bomb that dumped heavy wet snow on leaf laden branches and decimated our beloved trees in what was referred to as the tree armageddon by the press. Prolonged power outages across the province aside, in true Manitoba style the weather returned to seasonal sunshine and even our once frozen, snow buried annuals, perked back up and continued to bloom post melt. Mother nature's resilience always inspires!


Heavy wet snow in an unseasonal fall snowstorm

Personally I reluctantly embrace the routines fall imposes. After the luxury and freedom of the summer months and the cottage, the discipline and structure fall supplies does help to reestablish work routines and studio rhythms. To get back into my painting groove I initiated the ambitious "Painting 101" project. On 11" x 6" water colour paper I dipped into my hordes of inspirational photographs as starting points and eagerly sought out compositions in loose and easy colour.



Poppies, resilient and cheeky!

Exhilarating and exhausting, the project has procured some gems in a variety of themes that really did get my creative mojo reignited. The results will be on display and for sale during my FIRST FRIDAY in the Exchange District sale in Winnipeg. (December 6,7 and 8) I am happy to declare the project complete. This weekend, while undertaking the flattening process I unearthed a batch I had missed in my most recent count and ended with 111 pieces. I am going to consider that lucky despite my apparent issues with numbers. Best not to put my hand up for the treasurer's position I guess?


The garden is a perennial focus 

My studio remains a sanctuary for my creative soul and I am happy to be getting a move on my next fiber-based body of work, the starting point for which has been pinned to my wall and overseeing all the recent painting action.

A new body of work based on my creative painterly signature will focus on some dye sublimated images and embroidery. With these details of my painterly signature captured on fabric I aim to work toward exploring the layers of my inner landscape.

Articulations "Connected Heritage" came down at the end of the summer and by all accounts from visitors as far away as Japan, Australia, and the Middle East, it inspired with its themes, processes and historic references. All the contributing pieces made their way back across the west to our members. While my pieces quietly assembled at the studio in readiness for my December show, Lesley Turner's piece "Origins" went straight to Vancouver Island, arriving just in time to exhibit with Vancouver Island Surface Design Association annual show, "Current Threads 2019".

Lesley with her work "Origins", showing at the VISDA Show, "Current Threads 2019"

Lesley Turner's garden expertise is always blooming in her Vancouver Island paradise. She makes awesome compost.

"VISDA members are willing to tackle large, serious and intensely personal subjects...while demonstrating mastery of their craft" ( Lesley Turner)


Life is lived in the details and the commitment to fine craft. Detail, "Origins"by Lesley Turner


The show curated by Gillian Riordan and her committee was an exceptional show. Lucky you if you were in the area and got to take it in. Lesley notes the works of colleagues Bryony Dunsmore, Susan Duffield, Jean Cockburn, Laura Feeleus, Barbara McCaffrey, Gina Dingwall, and Lesley Comassar. Vancouver Island clearly has a flourishing group of textile artists creating and exhibiting fine work. Check out Lesley's blog for further details on this exhibit link here.

Wendy Klotz was inspired by the many exhibitions she took in during her visit to the SDA conference in St Louis. 


Prior to this, Lesley along with Articulation members; Ingrid Lincoln, Donna Clement, Wendy Klotz, and Lean Clifford, found themselves in St Louis taking in the biannual SDA conference and marvel at worthy textile exhibit after exhibit in a city celebrating fibre and all of its current creative applications. They witnessed "numerous artists working in the personal to access the universal" (Lesley Turner).
 I was not able to join the group in St Louis but I look forward to hearing of their creative journey in greater detail when we convene in Calgary for Articulation's annual general meeting in the coming week.


Ingrid has been rediscovering items and projects in her studio and reimagining them in a new context.



Fall brings sales for some. Donna Clement has been busy dyeing indigo scarves like these for the Calyx show in October.

I love receiving snippets of inspiration from colleagues. These 30000 ribbons at the Brandenburg Gate for example.


In Calgary, there will be business to attend to but the best part of gathering is always the celebration of women, researching and exploring inspiration large and small and expressing their creative discoveries and ideas in fibre. This year we will be finding further ways to support each other creatively in this unique creative unit we are all so lucky to be included in.
Now that my paintbrushes are momentarily resting, I promise to report the discoveries made and inspiration found sooner than later on my return.
Until then, Happy creating!
All the best,
Amanda Onchulenko
( on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Last weeks for Articulation's "Connected Heritage" show at the New Iceland Museum, Gimli.


       LAST WEEKS TO SEE ARTICULATION'S SHOW IN GIMLI THIS SUMMER!

Our summer days in Manitoba are treasured. We look forward to that hint of lime in frozen slews in the spring that herald warmer weather and our getting out into the great outdoors. Eventually, the snowbanks recede and the hardiest of perennials make their way to the light. The robins follow and then every natural process miraculously accelerates. It truly seems like we wait forever and before we know it summer is here, then almost gone.

Manitoba's Inland Ocean in the Interlake, Lake Winnipeg at Ponemah.
Already at the lake, the days are getting shorter and the shadows a little longer. Soon we might even be able to get up for the sunrise without an alarm. Temperatures are increasing their span and mornings are notably cooler. Nothing any Canadian can't handle but definitely, that hint of a changing season is in the air.

These lovelies have already turned their faces from the sun, could they be articulating a new definition for sunscreen?
 

My travels in the Interlake this summer have included many visits to Gimli and though, not exclusively on a Friday for Sugar me Cookie Bakery's lemon meringue pie, it is a definite temptation.
Stopping in on a regular basis to The New Iceland Heritage Museum to check in on our show, I have been stopped with compliments from patrons who have seen the show and described not only their personal reactions but also awe for the diverse textile processes represented and the skillful application of ideas to textiles. Visitors have come from as far away as Mendicino California and often visitors are arriving in groups exclusively to see Articulation's newest work.

The show comes down after the long weekend so if you are in the area we hope you make it out to the museum, just down from Tergusson's in Gimli.
Articulation Textile Group is very grateful for the opportunity to feature their work in "Connected Heritage" this summer.

 Gimli is a thriving centre particularly through the summer and host to several annual festivals. The Icelandic festival, "Islendingadagurinn", shared its Viking Village just down from the museum and I found myself fascinated by the historical connection the community had to textiles, particularly linen and the use of natural dyes. It somehow feels appropriate that we have Articulation members engaged in similar activities while our group work hangs in Manitoba's Icelandic community.



Textile addictions: colour, textiles, dye

Lesley Turner on Vancouver Island has been busy spending hot island days in her garden dyeing wool with acid dyes. Beginning with cool colours and moving through a warm series and if that was not enough she added more days at work adding high and low values to her range as well as lower intensity colours. I think we can all attest to the receptivity of natural fibres to colour and Lesley's passion for dyeing.



Colour as therapy

Lesley is not alone in this passion. Donna Clement has been joined in Calgary by Saskatchewan's Leann Clifford and together they have been industriously dyeing up a storm in Donna's outdoor kitchen.


Hard at work hard at play

The pots were enlisted for some natural dyeing in Donna's backyard, cooking inside and out. Day 1 she explains on her Instagram post, was spent mordanting the fabric in alum and tannin. Day 2 began the dyeing process with Osage, Cutch, Fustic, and Marigold (the yellows) later moving to Madder, for the reds, then Logwood, purple. Leann (Regina) and Donna (Calgary) between them dyed over 100 pieces and excitedly used up long stored supplies in a one time burst of energy.

Makeshift dryers, Calgary

Our Western members are definitely winning the production race this summer. Wendy Klotz and Donna were both involved in a residency at The Alberta University of the Arts (ACAD) and will soon be sharing some of their work in "Placemaking", in celebration of the end of Contextual's summer program.




Lesley too has been multitasking and besides family visits, travel and nana knitting participated in a Jane Dunnewold workshop. I am sure Lesley's future blogs will include a reference to time spent in the company of an artist voted  San Antonio's Artist of the Year in 2019.


Lesley's experiments, with Jane Dunnewold.

Our summers as stated above are a fleeting couple of pages on our annual calendars but we all certainly make the most of them and look forward to their return.
I am always reluctant to let go of cottage time to return to the rhythms of routine but that hint of a chill in the morning air does seem to inspire my creative juices to flow in anticipation of the studio time I am craving and the discipline my art practice in Winnipeg's Historic Exchange District will soon provide.


The wisdom of the crone workshop facilitated by art therapist, Joan Stanford, Gimli Manitoba.

In these last couple of weeks, I will savour time spent with creative souls in mini workshops and gatherings right here in the Interlake prior to September long weekend's WAVE Artists Studio Tour.  I am open as studio #6 on the WAVE. Feel free to stop in to see me on your way to Gimli to take in the last days of Articulation's show, "Connected Heritage", on at the New Iceland Museum in Gimli till September 2nd.

Happy last days of summer!
May you make the most of it.

Amanda Onchulenko, on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SUMMER SHOW! Articulation Textile Group at the New Iceland Museum, Gimli Manitoba



Gimli's New Iceland Heritage Museum hosts Articulation Textile Group's, "Connected Heritage", in the summer of 2019.


The physical work of making is complete and we now get to see the group's combined efforts assembled in a public space.

Summer is well and truly upon us and as all Manitobans will tell you, their favoured season is a fleeting couple of pages on the calander that takes us outside as much as possible. Getting away from our routines in celebration of the season is a communal goal and with a summer stacked with all the fun of festivals and events across the province and in cottage country, there is no shortage of things to do and see. I promised my blog post would appear in July and if I hurry I can make that deadline. I do however apologize for being both distracted and healed by the joy of  Manitoba's summer. July's sunshine has taken my soul hostage and given me the rest I most needed after a very hectic previous six months. I thank you for your patience :)

Summer scenery off highway 9 to Gimli

Beyond Gimli's beautiful harbour and the saturated surrounding fields of yellow canola, sunflowers and purple flax we can all be forgiven for thinking we are indeed driving along an inland ocean. The region was once  designated a reserve for Icelandic settlers and it has definitely evolved into a unique and diverse summertime destination with something for everyone.

Sunflower fields are ripening along highway 8 as I type.


Stores like Steina's, Heaven Scent, Johnsons, and of course our Iconic Tergussons are my favourites. Foodies take note! Lemon Meringue pie, imperial cookies and Vinaterta are available at the Sugar me cookie Bakery on centre street and battered pickerel at Kris's, opposite the hotel, are my personal recommendations no matter the season.  Gimli also boasts the Fabriculous Quilt store, nestled in the Lakeview Hotel where  Harrison Ford became our neighbour one winter.  Make sure to check these venues out after you visit the museum to take in our show.

The water off Gimli Beach hoists a giant movie screen for free screenings of popular family films during the Gimli Film Festival. The same spot looks quite a bit different in January. dotted with ice fishing shacks. No fish flies or sandy toes!


The New Iceland Museum in Gimli, which is hosting Articulation's show, "Connected Heritage" for the summer of 2019 has been designated a Manitoba signature museum by the province of Manitoba. It hosts more than 15000 visitors annually and many of them arrive from local and international destinations during annual events such as the Gimli Film Festival, and the annual Icelandic Festival during the august long weekend.


 A resident viking at the New Iceland Heritage Museum

Articulation Textile Group has the privilege of exhibiting the body of work we created in response to a study session held in Manitoba's Interlake during the summer of 2016. We explored the unique Icelandic Heritage of the region where each one of us found inspiration for work we later produced independently in our home provinces.

This was the beginning of our hanging adventure:  the Forest Gump prelude to our puzzling days of coordinating diversity into a coherent story of our combined journey through inspiration, process and technique.


 "Connected Heritage was hung during the last week of June by Ingrid and I with the help of summer students who did an amazing job taking direction and learning new skills maneuvering art work to showcase our textile creations. We were especially grateful for Jordan's willingness to take charge of the ladder and learn the art of lighting. These works in textiles celebrate not only the region and the people and events that inspired us but also the diverse talents and skills of this exceptional group of fibre artists.


 
It is always best to be generous in the estimation of how long it will take to develop and agree on a plan. The  implementation of said plan accounts for its own set of variables but rest assured the show will go up.


Lesley Turner's "Origins", is the largest work in the show at 71" x 77". Hand and machine stitched onto wool  the piece draws visitors into the main area of the gallery space. Lesley describes her rationale...

"Genetic research has confirmed what the sagas told us hundreds of years ago. The founding Icelandic population was made up of mainly blue eyed Norsemen and green eyed Celtic women. For any genetically distinct population their collective DNA and their material culture make up their visual identity which is taken with them, wherever in the world they choose to go."

"Origins" (detail) by Lesley Turner, Vancouver Island.



The group of quilts I have called "The Larettur Series", Icelandic for horizontal, are reflective of a community in a new land who look forward to new beginnings while not losing sight of the connection to their origins. The quilts of this series have bilingual names in the Canadian tradition of duality.


"Reflection :Spegilmynd", (...serious thought or consideration) by Amanda Onchulenko, Winnipeg.


Leann Clifford of Saskatchewan took a different view of the Icelandic origins in Manitoba by focusing broadly on the historical time period where Iron was the metal of the day. Leann used the rust dye method  to create vessel parts in representation of the joining together of the people in a new locale. Leann states unison, strength and beauty are her focus.  "The Helm of Awe", representing protection, is the inspiration for "Fractured Stability" seen below. Leann says by cutting the image apart she wanted to suggest there is a displaced sense of protection in our world today.


"Fractured Stability" by Leann Clifford, Saskatchewan.

Donna Clement of Calgary produced a body of work that focuses on drawing and writing with procion dyes on fabric. The Icelandic communitie's focus on education, poetry and literacy was clearly an influence. Donna's work also features Lake Winnipeg lucky rocks.

"Lucky you, lucky me" (detail), by Dona Clement, Calgary.

Scattered along the shores of Lake Winnipeg are unique stones with natural holes, known locally as lucky rocks or Odin Stones. These are believed to be imbued with special healing properties and to provide protection. If you find one, hold onto it.  I, personally, am an expert lucky rock hunter and have some secret places that are unfailingly abundant producers, particularly after a storm. I might be coerced into sharing my local knowledge with exhibition visitors. Tell me of your experience and I might share a bit of mine.

"Oral History" by Wendy Klotz, Calgary.


Wendy Klotz is our resident felting expert and her work can be counted on to have a sculptural element. Made of wool and silk organza, "Oral History" was wet felted then the stories were machine and hand stitched onto sheer silk organza. Wendy states..."When refugees of all sorts leave their home, often all they have to bring to their new land are the clothes on their back. They do however retain their oral traditions which they hold in their hearts to tell future generations so they will always be reminded of where they are from. These lips, with the stories spilling out of them remind us of the rich traditions of which Canada is fortunate to be a guardian".



"Arrival" , (Detail), by Ingrid Lincoln, Winnipeg.


Each member of our group submitted a body of work reflective of the studio practices that inspire and motivate. Ingrid Lincoln used batik, a wax resist method of dying fabric. The detail above illustrates the use of hand stitching that can often be found in Ingrid's textile pieces. Ingrid writes of her piece... "The end of the journey brings new challenges", as an immigrant herself displaced during the second world war with her family of origin, her piece muses, "What is the future? How do we move forward?
These are fitting questions for this particular textile piece. The same questions are equally appropriate for our group at large after a year of multiple exhibits and inordinate amounts of time spent in production. There will come, after this show, a time of reflection and evaluation that will allow a new set of goals to develop, to encourage and inspire our imaginations. and creative processes. 

Th Village of Dunottar on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and an example of our iconic, seasonal, stick dock piers. at sunrise.

In the meantime, should you find yourself in Manitoba's Interlake looking for some inspiration and some fine textile pieces to take in, we hope you will find your way to The New Iceland Museum" in Gimli Manitoba to see our show, "Connected Heritage". Feedback so far has been encouraging from those who have sought me out to tell me of their experience and their pleasure at experiencing such diverse body of work in both concept and technique.

I am yet to post my articulation pieces on my freshly launched website www.mandart.ca  but hope to get back up on that steep learning curve I have set myself upon, very soon. Feel free to check out the rest of my studio practice in your spare time between now and our next chat where I will feature more works from the show.

Until then, take good care and enjoy your travels throughout this beautiful country in my favourite (though fleeting ), season.

all best, 
Amanda Onchulenko 
( on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.)


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