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REFLECTING ON ARTICULATION'S "WAR: A PERSONAL RESPONSE", IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

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The past 15 months and the Covid-19 Pandemic will define our lifetime. Our experiences during this current struggle will surely surface in stories future generations share.  In 2017 Articulation Textile Group mounted the show "WAR: A Personal Response", which exhibited at the Sidney Museum on Vancouver Island. The work we developed through the examination of our personal family stories offered an opportunity to reflect on a significant period in our collective history. 2021 similarly offers us an opportunity for reflection.  Above, "Internment Camps", printed and folded paper, Donna Clement "Message of Peace" embroidered in morse code by Wendy Klotz Work developed in textiles illuminated threads of connection between ourselves and the wartime experiences of our families. Read on to experience snippets of the thoughtful fine workmanship of Articulation members' work that exhibited in the show. The interpretations are as viewed from my perspective. Feel

May Selection of Articulation Artwork by Wendy Klotz

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Each of the members of Articulation has been asked to look back through the archives of our exhibitions and choose photographs of pieces that speak to us in some way.  I think the idea was that we would represent some kind of theme, but I have just chosen a piece from each artist that speaks to me personally. Ingrid Lincoln: Sage Ingrid is an absolute master of machine embroidery, specifically thread painting.  This is one of her older pieces, but I still love the colours and the representation of the type of landscape that particularly appeals to me.   This piece especially speaks to me because during Covid times, Ingrid has had a revolt of her many sewing machines.  Each one in turn has gone on strike and with limited availability of repairs and/or a new purchase; Ingrid is now doing a lot of hand stitching by necessity and may be by choice after this time.    So I am particularly enjoying this piece from her past in the hopes that in the after times she will be able to bring back so

March on into Spring.

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 March marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring Covid 19 a global pandemic. I think we can all agree it has definitely been a year! Now is a point in our collective history we won't soon forget. A period we will hopefully one day look back on with a casual "remember when" and reflect on all the positive changes slowing down inspired within us.  Change,  uncertainty, and loss are major themes faced by so many during this pandemic. Alone yet together we have moved through the highs and lows of being disconnected physically and socially and for many Canadians, provincial mandates remain in place to protect us from a potential third wave. Through this past year, the desire to expand the boundaries of "home" and to alter, refresh and renew our personal, multitasking spaces has inspired us to get creative. As a result, I think creativity just might be one of the qualities to come out of these unusual circumstances stronger and more supported th

Manitoba galleries to reopen at last.

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"Grace: Perception/Perspective", 20" x 20", 2020. Covid -19 restrictions are beginning to ease in Manitoba and local galleries are at last able to invite visitors into their waiting spaces.  La Maison des Artistes, Studio Gallery in Saint Boniface will be featuring the work of Articulation member, Amanda Onchulenko. "Composition" is set to open to the public with Covid-19 protocols in place on February 17th, 2021, and will be extended until March 6th. Daughter Emma was a huge help as they hung their first curatorial collaboration. This show, "Composition", began at Articulation Textile Group's last in-person gathering in the fall of 2019. It was here that the group elected to focus on their individual studio practice in lieu of developing a theme or structuring group exhibit proposals around a pre determined and mutually agreed upon format or concept. They felt their personal passions and preferences for art and making would lead to more inti

Articulation Textile Group - Textiles: Continuity and Diversity

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As a textile collective, Articulation Textile Group has been producing work and staging exhibitions for sixteen years. The group provides a direction for its members from time to time and guides the practice of its members. Equally important, the members have developed their individual skills and interest into personal bodies of work which exhibit diversity in both technique and content. Lesley Turner Succession This textile comes off the wall and becomes a large (60"w x 96"h x 36"d) standing structure. Lesley uses a knitting technique to explore the movement of fluids in organic structures.   Ingrid Lincoln Bird Hea d Figure (detail) Ingrid continues to work on figure-based pieces. She incorporates diverse materials, organic and inorganic, with linen and stitch. This head also features paper and resin.   Wendy Klotz Blanket For My Grandfather (detail) Working with her personal reflections on war, Wendy uses her felting skills and her ability to infuse emotion into her

New Beginnings in 2021

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 Welcome to 2021! We hope the new year is a good one for everyone, full of good health and social connections, possibly even travel, definitely full of opportunities to implement your creative desires. As the new year begins and we can see 2020 now safely in our rear view mirror we can exhale a collective sigh of relief. The year we thought of as a year of revisioning and the offer of a new perspective, did exactly that. Just not in the ways we had originally imagined. 2020 brought us into our presence like no other year. It directed us to pivot our focus in ways we could never have anticipated a year ago. I don't think I know a single person who isn't somehow changed by the year that was. Change is our only constant. Hoar frost on the shores of lake Winnipeg is a welcome change. I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for opportunities that arose along the way. Terms like shut down and isolation came into common use and with the implementation of those terms came per