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So – You’d Like to be a Textile Artist?

April 6, 2015

Studies in Experimental Stitch and Multi – Media 401 – Diploma Course –  Opals Exhibition

 This course is designed to hone the basic skills learned at other levels, and to build upon them.  More complex and advanced  stitch and design skills are carried to a professional level.  It is also aimed at the development of a more experimental technique and individual style of working. The artist/embroiderer continues to learn about analytic process and acquires a range of  practical skills supported by a thorough knowledge of materials, techniques, and processes.  The course is conducted over 41 days and is approximately 310 hours attended over almost two years.  

From Gail  –  This is such a special exhibition!  Penny Peters and I are so proud of all of the seven graduates.   Students have worked through all the course levels to arrive at this one.   Some of the graduates describe it as having come to the center for 11 years of school.  It sounds like a long time but the courses  are all part time and designed for adults who lead busy lifestyles.  They attend the school for 5 days once every 3 or so months .  Students take breaks in between courses and sometimes new courses have to wait for people from other classes to attend. It requires determination and a lot of dedication to their art form.  Congratulations to all of you!

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Putting together an exhibition in classroom space takes another kind of dedication.  Don, my husband erected 144 ft. of display boards so our artists had additional space to place the artwork on.   Glynn and I place 40 odd tables into a little closet so we have more floor space available in the 2 classrooms.  It’s up to me to put away every last object, thread etc. while Glynn cleans the space. Our extra storage space is upstairs.  It’s not uncommon for me to reach 12,000 steps on one of these pre exhibition days.  Sometimes, the walls or display boards need to be painted. Last time, Linda Ingham came to do this for us. The students arrive on the first day – Tuesday.  Penny and I have tutorials for the students, some people are putting last touches to their artwork while others begin to hang artwork on day 2. Many decisions are made about how things should be placed. We are finished hanging on day 4 – Friday.  Susan Lenarz, a class member arranges flowers  that look and smell so fresh.  This is the first weekend the tulip fields around us are blooming.  We have 2 volunteer helpers – Barrie and Jolene to iron all of the cloths for the exhibition space. We cover up storage cupboards and mask table tops and legs to display sketchbooks and 3 dimensional items. Everybody is really tired but we are ready for the guests to arrive on Sat. and Sunday.  And arrive, they do – about 250 of them. Barrie also extended his duties to park cars.  Sunday morning there are special artist talks. Marilynn Olson and I moderated in each of the rooms.  Jan Tivey and my grand daughter, Sarah came to help for the day in addition to other visiting students.  Many thanks to everyone who helped us to make this a special exhibition. It brought joy into so many people’s lives.

I will place a few pictures of the artists work on the blog over the next little while. Keep watching.







2 Comments leave one →
  1. pennypeters permalink
    April 6, 2015 4:29 am

    It is fun to see the behind the scenes work to change a working studio into an ‘art gallery’ as an introduction to an absolutely wonderful exhibit! It was the culmination of many years of study for each of the seven textile artists. And I know we will all enjoy reading the artist statements and seeing the beautiful textiles created by each of the textile artists when they each have their own blog on this site–coming soon. Congrtulations to all!

  2. April 6, 2015 9:24 pm

    Wish I could have been there – it looks like it was wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the work from all the artists.

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