Monday, October 29, 2007

GET TOGETHER& EXHIBITION: quilting circle & CRAFT UP at yyz

Ginger Brooks Takahashi, An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail, 2004-ongoing, quilt detail. Image courtesy of the artist.

I'm updating this post as new info has come in re: the exhibits & a CRAFT UP party.

TCA was involved a little bit in the planning of this great looking craftstravagaza at YYZ. Also, TCA mailing list engineer Susan is directing the Craft Show & Tell on December 6th which will be a great opportunity for us to connect offline around stuff we're making. Please come by and check it out, chat about craft & and quilt it up!

3 NOVEMBER 2007 – 15 DECEMBER 2007

YYZ opens Craft Up, a new group exhibition and launches the latest issue of the YYZINE featuring an Artist’s Project by Daryl Vocat.


YYZ presents the work of five artists in Craft Up – Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Heather Goodchild, Allyson Mitchell, Stephanie Rogerson, Andrea Vander Kooij and three person collective: the Washboard Collective, (comprised of Michele Costa, Melody Starkweather and April Walsh), share a passion for textiles and are united in a way of working with the materials that is process-based, reusing cloth, threads and garments that possessed a life and history prior to becoming art objects.

Ginger Brooks Takahashi will present her quilting forum, An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail, at the opening reception and again on SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2007 at 3:00 PM. Drop by if you are a quilting bee or a wanna be quilter. Bring a quilting project you are working on to share and discuss.

Enjoy an evening with SPINS & NEEDLES, the first Canadian-established, independent, cultural event that mixes hip do-it-yourself projects with funky music spun by DJs is coming to YYZ. Based in Ottawa, Canada, the event was created in 2005 by organizers Melanie Yugo (the crafter/designer) and Jason Pelletier (the DJ). For a small cover charge, gain access to materials and instructions to make a featured art/craft project while having a few drinks and listening to DJs spin beats. Getting messy and creative is key. YYZ members are free. Non-members: $5. So come on down and get crafty!

Are you working on a new project and need some feedback? Do you want to get together and see what other people are working on? Then the YYZ’s CRAFT SHOW & TELL is just for you! This is a casual exercise in community building and a relaxed way to network with peers. Seating is limited. Contact Ana Barajas at for more details.

GINGER BROOKS TAKAHASHI lives in New York, maintaining a social, project-based practice, collaborating with kindred spirits. Among them, LTTR, a queer and feminist art journal, and project Mobilivre-Bookmobile project, a traveling exhibit of artist books and zines, 2000-05. LTTR has presented public projects at Documenta 12 Magazine, The Generali Foundation, The Kitchen, Art In General, and Printed Matter, and received Printed Matter's Emerging Artist Publication Award in 2005. Brooks was part of the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2007. She has exhibited at numerous venues including Artists Space (New York), Art Metropole (Toronto), La Centrale (Montreal), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), and The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia).

HEATHER GOODCHILD works mainly with fiber, producing felt mosaics, dioramas, silk-screened textiles and quilts. Goodchild is best known for her soft-sculpture creatures: The Mammals. American folk music and artwork, the symbolism of Freemasonry, and principles of sacred geometry inspire Goodchild’s practice. Goodchild’s work has been exhibited at various venues including the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto), sis boom bah gallery (Toronto), and at the Douglas Udell gallery (Edmonton). Goodchild lives and works in Toronto.

ALLYSON MITCHELL is a maximalist artist working predominantly in sculpture, installation and film. Since 1997, Mitchell has been melding feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. Mitchell has exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada, the US, Europe and East Asia. She has also performed extensively with Pretty Porky and Pissed Off, a fat performance troupe, as well as publishing both writing and music. She recently completed her PhD in Women’s Studies at York University, where she also teaches cultural studies. Mitchell's work has been generously supported by the Chalmers Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

STEPHANIE ROGERSON is an independent writer, curator and artist. She views her varied practice as a continuum of creative output and critical analysis. Currently the Exhibition Coordinator at Gallery 44, Stephanie is responsible for all aspects of programming. She has worked in artist-run culture, taught in both academic and non-academic settings, curated an array of events such as transgender and gender-queer performance art, and multi-media installations dealing with HIV/AIDS. In 2002, research began on an independent writing project on early snapshot photography and queer representation. This research project has brought Rogerson to several queer conferences as an invited lecturer to several universities in the US and Europe. Stephanie graduated from the School of Visual Arts M.F.A program in photography and related media, in 1999.

ANDREA VANDER KOOIJ is a Montreal based artist who holds an MFA degree with a concentration in Fibre from Concordia University. In 2005 she successfully defended her thesis exhibition Effloressence, which involved both 17th century embroidery techniques and performance art. Her practice incorporates traditional craft-based mediums such as knitting, crocheting and embroidery as well as elements of performance. Her work addresses gender issues and the body, as well as challenging notions of art, craft and labour. She enjoys working with found/reclaimed material as well as food. Recent projects include exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto).

THE WASHBOARD COLLECTIVE is MICHELE COSTA, MELODY STARKWEATHER and APRIL WALSH. Formed in 2006 the Toronto-based Collective represents the convergence and transformation of three distinct practices into a collaborative process. This way of working is directly descendent of traditional craft practices, such as sewing circles and quilting bees. The Collective collaborates on all processes: from gathering materials, to construction and final embellishments. Sometimes this entails passing work from hand to hand, and other times pieces are created simultaneously, together. Salvaged linens are transformed to visually represent biomedical anatomies and themes of the body. Their work references mortality—the fragility of the human existence—accentuated by the time-based degradation of the materials used. However, in their careful and obsessive collecting, crafting, embellishing and nostalgia are equally at play.

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