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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

Articulation Textile Group Virtual Exhibitions To Be Launched

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Donna Clement, Sedimentary Swirls , "Badlands" Bodies of Work After producing 12 bodies of work over 20 years, Articulation's oeuvre is large.  Their first body of work, "Badlands", was the result of a study of Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Articulation then continued to travel annually to a different special place in Canada to carry out a study session together. After each study session members returned to their respective studios located across Canada to produce their individual bodies of work based on their observations, readings, research, and group discussions. While the first study focused on the natural landscape, others such as the "Winnipeg" body of work are based on Canadian history and the urban landscape.  Ingrid Lincoln,  Night, "Winnipeg" Two bodies of work have connections with England. The "Frobisher" body of work explored the Elizabethan explorer Martin Frobisher's trave

Articulation: Reflections from Quarantine 2020

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Welcome to December of 2020 from Articulation Textile Group. This year of revisioning has given us much to think about, many things to adjust to, and depending on where you reside it may have even shown you what isolation, shut down, and or quarantine look like. Our world may have turned on its head but silver linings are presenting all around us and in a year that has forced us to slow down we have more time to take them in.  Witnessing Lake Winnipeg's freeze-up this year , for example, has been a revelation. The lake, often referred to as an inland ocean is subject to changes in wind and water levels. As a result, this season, plate glass like shards of ice have accumulated along the shore, some of them hip height and inches thick. At night a careful listen can reveal creaking and grinding or the muffled splash of water lapping under the ice, sometimes even , "Whalesong".  I am typing this blog while quarantining on the shores of Lake Winnipeg at our cottage. The mandat

Curing Covid's Challenges With Creativity And The Great Outdoors

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Articulation Textile Group members are managing the curve balls our current situation continues to throw at us in creative ways. Like everyone else, separated by geography, we are relying on social media and the occasional zoom call to keep in touch. Under normal circumstances, we would have met as a group in person somewhere in Canada to discuss, inspire, share, and create...together. Instead, we are learning patience and flexibility as we reschedule exhibit plans and adapt to the constant that is change. Manitoba is experiencing one of those early snowstorms that turns fall into winter overnight, city streets into skating rinks, and cars into fishtailing projectiles. It's the kind of day that inspires creatives to stay indoors and turn to their preferred media until the craziness subsides. I have spent part of this slippery day putting the final stitches into the last two panels of my perennial re patterning/ reblooming series, "COMPOSITION", soon to exhibit in St