Tilleke Schwarz hails from the Netherlands where she stitches visually poetic “maps of modern life.” In her engagement with contemporary life, her work is reminiscent of graffiti. But unlike graffiti on her work is hand-embroidered with the finest of stitches. In this lecture Tilleke will focus on her life and art. Sources of inspiration and favoured techniques (including couching, cross stitch, and appliqué) will come together as this renowned artist interprets the world through stitch and thread. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Gallery and visual arts
Maiwa Lectures: Making Sense of Nonsense, Tilleke Shwarz
BIMPE VIII - Biennial International Print Exhibition
This competition and exhibition is a showcase for small scale works measuring no more than 15cm × 10cm, and is open to images made using all printmaking techniques from traditional line etching to contemporary digital processes. The entries come from around the world; the winners’ and other entrants’ works will be on display at the Federation Gallery throughout September and then moved to Dundarave Printmakers in October. For more information visit www.bimpe.com.
Emily Carr Alumni Art Market
Emily Carr is hosting its first Alumni Art Market and will be showcasing original art, design and craft created by over 20 talented alumni artists. The Alumni Art Market @ Emily Carr will take place in the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 11am – 5pm. Free gift and prize draw for the first 25 people on both Saturday + Sunday featuring one-of-a-kind pieces created by the participating artists. For more information please contact email@example.com
Maiwa Lectures: African Blues: My Life in Indigo, Gasali Adeyemo
For the Yoruba of Nigeria, blue is the colour of celebration. Indigo-dyed textiles are worn at naming ceremonies and weddings. Indigo itself is considered a medicine with a potent power to heal. Gasali Adeyemo will take the audience on a journey through his artistic development and the pivotal role indigo has played. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture starts at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Maiwa Lectures: Animating Pattern, Jane Callender
Join master shibori artist Jane Callender as she describes her development and artistic influences – from her grandfather’s Egyptian garments to her work on pattern development for her recent book, 2,000 Patterns. She will talk about the importance of pattern and how creating it is a distinctive discipline with a set of rules and innovations. She will also share some of the secrets of her shibori technique and indigo dyeing practice. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Maiwa Lectures: Expressing Impossibility, Joan Morris
Collections provide first-hand access to pieces. But what is the advantage of seeing a textile in person rather than in a photo or online? For internationally renowned textile artist Joan Morris the first-hand experience brings her into direct contact with her muse. Join her as she shows her own work and describes its development in the context of visits to museums in the USA, France, and India. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Maiwa Lectures: Layers of Light, Kyoko Ueda
Kyoto textile artist, Kyoko Ueda, has made extensive use of kinusha – a stiff, loosely woven silk gauze historically used in Japan as a reinforcement on mulberry paper stencils. Working through an inspired layering technique, Kyoko has made three-dimensional forms that are sometimes geometric, sometimes anatomical, sometimes about garments and clothing, and sometimes just about whimsy. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Maiwa Lectures: My Forest is a Garden, Rutsuko Sakata
Japanese textile artist Rutsuko Sakata first discovered felted textiles while studying weaving in Finland. Upon her return to Japan she encountered a 1200-year-old felted carpet at Shosoin, the Emperor’s treasury. Since then she has dedicated her life to felt.
Join Rutsuko Sakata as she describes her unique artistic journey, lived equally in the Fiskars community of Finland and her home studio in Kyoto, Japan. She will describe her inspiration and how her passion for felt has grown over the years to the point where she is now innovating with colour and silk-felt combinations. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture starts at 7:45pm.
Takes place in the Net Loft.
Maiwa Lectures: Serene Sensibility – Threads of Light
Join Noriko Narahira for a celebration of her creative spirit and her life in art. Noriko draws her creative inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture. Built without solid interior walls, a Japanese house is partitioned through the addition of paper screens. It is this sense of dividing space with insubstantial, often translucent materials that forms the core of her sensibility. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.
Metamorphosis is a collaboration of two artists, coming together receptive to each other’s creative vision to create vessels that demonstrate harmony of the contrasting materials. The exhibition is an exploration of the connection of the two sisters living at opposite ends of the Province. Their collaboration of work in clay and pine needle basketry symbolizes both their connection and the interdependency of the Pine trees, Earth, and Man. For more information visit www.craftcouncilbc.ca.