Sunday, August 28, 2016

Still time to decide to come on out to ODESSA and play for a few days... bring what you are working on or just get into what I am doing!






Maybe some piecework and stitching... Friday September 23
The Fibreworks sponsored FALL FIBRE RETREAT weekend is September 23-25th at the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds, and I will be there working away on some of my own things and sharing some tricks and tips I use in my exhibition work and just playing around...

I have a new piece in the works or the spring Kingstn Fibre Artists Show at the TETT mid-March through mid-April 2017, so have to get some sewing underway! The calendar is so busy and making time for stitching is just mandatory now as we head into September.

Maybe a bit of Dye work on Saturday... September 24th
You know me... most of my work is dye based and I like using MY OWN fabric - sure it is a white cotton base, but I add the colour, textre, line and stitch.

So I will make up some pre-mixed dyes (I will mixing them up on Friday night at the hall Odessa in case you want to join in and learn how to set up a dye run that can be saved and used over and over... likely 5-7 pm.)

Everyone who shows up on Saturday is welcome to join in and make it a DYE DAY!

I want to explore some TEXT on cloth Sunday - so will be developing some cloth to be used in hand stitch exercises... and one of the formats I love is the "discharge" process, using paste that I can water down a bit and paint on with a brush, and also a gel bleach pen... so that will happen early Sunday the 24th of September - and when the Sunday demo starts at about 10 am, I will be sharing some new books and techniques I use as inspiration for SLOW STITCH... hand work - you know, time to fill an afternoon and a piece of cloth!


Sari Silk, stitch practice
Stiching is a passion, and something you have to commit to and make time for and love...

I have to admit that sometimes it is just too tedious for the arthritis plagued hands of this old artist, but I mutter "Yes, You Can" over and over as I start and soon I just find myself able to carry on.

It the colour and the texture and the line and shapes you can image up as you add the stitch. There are friends I really admire for their stitch abilities - Robin Field, Phillida Hargreaves, and Judy Martin... and now Mita Giacomini is my stitch idol.

The collection of threads grows, and I have more needles than I will ever use - time to get busy!
PACKED in, the stitches become the fabric of our lives...
I would love to have you join me for some fun on this fall weekend, so see the Fall Fibre Retreat REGISTRATION FORM on the blog sidebar here at FIBREWORKS Kingston's blog... just glance right!

Hope to see you soon... bring a couple of friends and spend a day or the whole weekend with us!

If you need a pdf copy of the registration form, email be at garner@kingston.net

bethany

Monday, August 22, 2016

CLASS BEGINS at St. Lawrence College on September 15th - hope to see you join us for 12 weeks of fun and sharing!


COLOUR THE QUILT ARTISTS' WAY

Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 September 15 - December 1, 2016
12 weeks, 6-9 pm 


Colour, the Quilt Artists' Way  

Colour represents the most exciting of the visual elements for creative expression. Effective use of colour brings a variety of moods into your work. 

Come explore the aesthetic value of colour as you gain a strong understanding of colour principles, tonal gradation, colour mixing, discord, contrast and illusion. You will create a series of small compositions as you develop themes and effects in your quilts that tell a story or make a definitive statement. Visual support materials will be provided during the course to inspire and stimulate your creativity.

Notes:

Our 2016 Fall Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring COLOUR-PLAY and enjoying the experience both together with classmates and in independent study.  Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic COLOUR relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.
Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples
created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of color specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom.. some fabrics and all of the paints and dyes are supplied 
for classroom samples as a part of your materials fee.






UPCOMING SHOWS for 2017...
Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.



Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One particular focus will be MODERN QUILT design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and welcome returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at www.SL.on.ca in early December to register. Your questions directly to me are most welcome: bethanygarner@kingston.net or textiledesignslc@gmail.com
REGISTER HERE:
http://parttime.stlawrencecollege.ca/stlaw/course/course.aspx?C=80341&pc=2&mc=11&sc=233

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or bethanygarner@kingston.net for details or with questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Please join me in celebrating the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition opening, September 8, 2016 and plan to see each of the 125 beautiful pieces of art from 80 Ontario Artists...


Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington

September 8 to September 18, 2016

EXHIBITION RECEPTION
 Meet the Artists” 
Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario.
Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

NEW for 2016: Interactive Exhibit and Artist Talks

An Interactive Exhibit - artists made numerous samples of their work, which you can touch and examine to understand how the work is done!

Artist Talks on how their pieces are made, 
free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit     Wednesday Sept 14
th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18
th from 1pm to 2pm

 
REFLECTIONS, Lake Ontario Spring 2016, Bethany Garner


AGB Mission

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

ROBIN LAWS FIELD shares her retropective at WINDOW ART GALLERY, Kingston through the month of September... "80! How Did This Happen???". Please mark your calendar!


WINDOW ART GALLERY
next to the Kingston School of Arts
647 Princess St. at Victoria St., 
Kingston ON
SEPTEMBER 8-25th


VERNISSAGE and Meet the Artist
Saturday September 10, 2016
7-9 pm

Please do plan to join Robin, family and friends as they celebrate this milestone in Robin's life... the sharing of a body of work that is not only a beautiful representation of Robin's exceptional textile art pieces, but her hand drawn and painted artworks which have always been a part of her practice.

Statement:
All my life I have been driven to create: to write, draw, renovate, paint, sew, knit, hook, and most recently combine all these into pieces of fibre art.

Colour and texture pull me in and keep me up at night until I’ve figured out how to make them mine; and then how to picture them so that others can see what I see, be it beautiful, political, sentimental, funny or just a scintillating juxtaposition of bits and pieces that somehow please.

For a preview of her work, visit Robin's page at the Kingston Fibre Artists website here

Please contact the Gallery for more details/directions...

WINDOW ART GALLERY
647a Princess @ Victoria, Kingston, On K7L 1E4
613-549-1528 * ksoa@kingston.net

Hours: 
Mon/Tue - 9am - 12 pm
Wed/Fri - 9 am - 4 pm
Thurs - 9 am - 8 pm
Sat/Sun -  12 - 4 pm

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hope you will enjoy the weekend with me at ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS - fall in the countryside with friends, fibre and all things STITCH!


FALL FIBRE RETREAT 
 FRIENDS OLD AND NEW JUST COME AND PLAY
One Day, Two Days or all three... 
September 23-25th, 2016

Hand Stitching, Weaving, Spinning,
Dye Play, Fabric Painting, Machine Quilting, 
Making Quilts, bags, gifts, mending...or
sharing skills and just enjoying the chats!!!

Retreat fee: $40 for one day, $70 for two and $100 for three with demonstrations ($60 for all three if you are doing "your own thing")

Your printable Registration Form is on the right sidebar here at the blog...

Fibreworks Kingston invites you to come and share whatever YOU love to do! 

We have Odessa Fairgrounds Hall located in the village of ODESSA just west of Kingston from 9 am Friday September 23rd until 5 pm on Sunday September 25th - totally devoted time and space for all things fibre related! Join in on your own or find a few friends and come on out and play.

Close enough to drive and no accommodation costs unless you are coming from FAR away (and you are sooo encouraged to join us...). Everyone welcome!

Can't think of what to do???
* Make a quilt/garment/bag or ???- cut and piece for all three days using large tables and your own sewing space
* Create/finish new artwork for a deadline or upcoming Show...
* Bring your loom or wheel - get inventory ready for fall weaving and spinning sales or simply use your knitting or crochet skills to relax with friends
* Dye some yarn or fabric  - and dry the cloth or wool out of doors while the weather is still GREAT.... hoping for sunshine all weeend
* Take advantage of morning classes with Bethany - or just stitch, design, weave, spin or dye at your own table
* Stitch up a few Christmas gifts - what better way to get a start on the holiday season and have some fun with friends while you sew

NOTE: Tables are reserved on a first come registration basis and in the order that paid reservations are received. One table or two, just ask. A total of 20 tables will be available for each of the three days in the main classroom/play space. Confirmation of table space will be sent along with your registration receipt.

The Odessa Hall kitchen is available for storing and preparing your lunch and some sharing of "cooking" resources for those who want to do some eco printing, wool dye work or if you bring ice for ice dyeing. (One freezer only...so it will be a morning activity.)

Some ideas in "mini-class" style for those who don't know what to do! There will be a demo in the morning and you take it from there with your own dye play.....

(There is no obligation to participate - just come and do your own thing)

DAILY DEMONSTRATIONS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd - 9-11 am - QUILT DAY
 
Today we will have a short lesson on creating the "strip piecing, free style" using commercial or hand dyed fabrics - STASH BUSTER style (see the quilt photo at the top of the page) which is a "go to" form of quilt assembly for Bethany. 

Bethany will send you a list of pieces to cut if you like before the demo day... she uses a variety of 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, and 3" strips and "bits" left over from other projects and pieces to a muslin underlay.... and this base project works easily into pillows, bags, baby blankets, clothing and more...you decide!

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner 2016




SATURDAY September 24th - 9-11 am - COLOUR YOUR CLOTH DAY

Bethany will share an assortment of prepared dyes for dyeing cloth (cotton, linen, rayon, silk) and a few colours of acid dyes for wool. Some soda ash and vinegar for making sure your colour STAYS on the fabrics will be supplied. YOU supply the pre-washed wool or natural fabrics. LIQUID, pre-mixed dyes in 8 colours for cottons will be available, 5 for wool. You can mix from this choice of colours for your own dye combinations. (and yes some will be NEUTRALS!) Note: There is a $5 fee for use of dyes and auxiliaries on top of your registration fee for this demonstration morning. The dyes will be in the hall ALL weekend.

Dark to light values in blues and soft rose, teal and grey

Note: Bethany will be doing a short ICE Dyeing demo - please let me know if YOU want to play along...the results can be spectacular! 

Supplies lists will go out to those who register and pay for the dye demonstration/dye usage. Dyeing support will be a focus all weekend for those who want to progress or work a full day with dyes...just mention that on your registration form.




SUNDAY September 25th - 9-11 am  - CREATIVE STITCHERY 

We will be using cotton and wool threads for creating various embellishment plans/ideas for those who love hand stitching and using up a stash of fabric bits you love or even a wonderful wool blanket as a base for stitch work. Bethany will demonstrate the "glue stitch" for basting layers of fabrics together before stitch work, and using favourite embroidery stitches including couching, overcast, blanket, running and various embroidery stitches that are effective for adding new dimension to your home decor, quilts and fibre art! 

Love the lines, marks...natural dyed wool blanket, black and greyed threads, LARGE stitches

Start a project that will last through the fall.. note, Bethany is using a hand dyed wool blanket for her base material, so keep your eyes open for blanket wool at garage sales or in your own linen closet...lovely start! You may stitch on cotton, rayon, linen or other background fabric of choice.


ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE WEEKEND ARE WELCOME TO SIT IN ON THE DEMOS OR JUST "DO THEIR OWN THING AT THEIR TABLE... just come enjoy some fun with friends old and new!

NOTE: Please tick the boxes on the registration form if you WILL be participating in the demos so Bethany has enough information handouts for everyone.

Hope you will join us... REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Cheques payable to HERITAGE QUILTWORKS CANADA (sponsoring through Fibreworks Kingston and coordinated by Bethany Garner)

Mail registration to: Bethany Garner, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H1M0

contact: bethanygarner@kingston.net or leave a message at 613-376-6150

Please mark your calendar for this amazing show with all new work from LINDA COULTER and JANINE GATES, Sept 20-28, 2016 at the TETT


Monday, July 4, 2016

I am so pleased and honoured to be the FEATURED QUILTER at the Prince Edward County Quilters Guild Show this weekend...

Please come and share in the beauty of the Quilts and the gorgeous Lake Ontario summertime fun in WELLINGTON, ON, just a few km. from Bloomfield along Highway 33 ... Prince Edward Couny offers so many amazing opportinities for seeing ART this summer!!!

Come visit the Show!

I also have work at the TALL POPPY CAFE in Wellington - so do stop by between 10 am and 3 pm daily! Right on the Main Street in Wellington... a great spot for lunch during the Quilt Show Weekend!

 http://tallpoppycafe.ca/

Bethany

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Come join me for two weeks (Ok, come for one at least) at St. Lawrence College in Kingston - 1000 ISLANDS SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS is about to begin in Kingston!

St. Lawrence College offers wonderful opportunities for Fibre Arts enthusiasts during the summer months, and again this year, we will be offering two weeks of  
FIBRE ARTS focused arts courses 
at the Kingston Campus. 
Located near the waterfront in beautiful
Kingston, Ontario
Residence accommodation available on site 
Summer in downtown Kingston is a spectacular place to be!

Hand dyed cloth created at ST. Lawrence last year...used in Turning Point below

Students stay at the Campus Residences just across the parking lot from the classroom, and happily spend 6-8 hours Monday - Friday creating a luscious palette of beautifully personal fabrics as you explore all things fibre related as they explore multiple techniques:

ARTS 43 - July 11-15, 2016
DESIGN FOR TEXTLES - 
CREATIVE ARTS AS A COLOURIST
* PROCION MX Dyes - Monday, July 11th
* ARASHI POLE WRAPPED SHIBORI - Tuesday July 12th
 * INDIGO technique- Wednesday July 13th
* COLOR VIE and SETACOLOR paints - Thursday July 14th
* SOY WAX BATIK and RUST DYEING - Friday July 15th
  and if there is time, marbling this year!

TURNING POINT, Bethany Garner



 

We start the week with dyes - and create mountains of beautifully hand dyed and painted fabrics using both FLAT DYE and DYE PAINTED (thickened dyes) technique. The dyes will remain in the classroom all week for continuous dye work as the week progresses and time permits each artist to explore to his/her hearts content! Stay into the evening and make time for stitch work as well!

REFLECTIONS,  Bethany Garner
created with a mono print technique using thickened dyes on vintage table linen

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Please join a special friend, Phillida Hargreaves and her sister Kate Stewart from the UK as they share a passion for all things fibre in their Art Exhibition in downtown Kingston


When sisters make art, especially when they are an ocean and continents apart, the work can be guaranteed to be very special...

TAYLOR STUDIOS GALLERY
June 15-28, 2016 
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 16, 2016
6-8 pm 
285 King Street East
at the corner of King and Clarence Streets
Gallery Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9-5 pm
Sat. 11-3 pm 

613-541-1098

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Please join me as I meet and celebrate the exhibiting artists, SAQA representatives and guests at the Opening of MY CORNER OF THE WORLD and MY CORNER OF THE WORLD- CANADA at Stratford Perth Museum


The Exhibition Opening is May 21st, 2016 at the Stratford Perth Museum, 1-3 pm.

Exhibiting Artists Reception 
5-6:30 pm

THE Stratford Perth Museum and SAQA'S Representatives are excited to welcome the many exhibiting artists who are planning to attend the OPENING of MY CORNER OF THE WORLD and MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA Exhibitions - some traveling from as far away as Calgary and Texas.

The Invitation is open to our exhibiting artists, SAQA members, guests and friends.

Please join us for an evening reception after the museum closes to the public at 5pm. It will be an opportunity for artists and guests to spend more time together discussing their work and getting to know each other better.

Please note that this evening reception is in addition to the formal 'Opening' of the exhibition on Saturday afternoon from 1-3 pm at the Museum. Refreshments will be served. 

The reception will finish by 6:30 pm to accommodate visitors who have engagements in the evening, but of course you are welcome to stay longer and visit.

Please RSVP so that we can plan for this exciting event! 

Please contact spmuseumreception@gmail.com or for information, Micaela Fitzsimmons, SPM Collections and Exhibits Manager, at micaela@stratfordperthmuseum.ca



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