Sunday, July 22, 2012

Canadian Guild of Crafts

Stopped by the Canadian Guild of Crafts a few days ago. Now located at 1460-B Sherbrooke Street West, I remember visiting their Peel Street outpost decades ago.
I was delighted to see the work of Rosie Godbout prominently displayed. Godbout was cited as an influence by Nancy Yule, a Cambridge ON fibre artist recently profiled on the World of Threads website. Godbout, who specializes in felt, has been celebrated for her "wearable art" for more than thirty years.  Her studio on Rue Casgrain might be an interesting visit for our text'art group.  

Another felt artist, Andrea Graham of Toronto, makes small imaginary creatures.                         

Louise Lemieux-Berubé is well-known for transforming photographic images into woven tapestries, using computer-driven jacquard looms. I am more familiar with her cream-and-grey work, so it was interesting to see on display a softly-coloured representation of a woodland scene. Lemieux-Berubé has recently resigned as Director of the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, a position she has held since  the Centre's founding in 1990.

It is wonderful to see work in fibre so well-represented at this Montreal boutique.

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