Gallery - Retrospective 3, 2014-2016
28 Walnut Street
This piece represents my childhood home in a neighbourhood that no longer exists, due to the extension of Dundas
Street and Riverside Drive. It was a working class and immigrant area. The houses were referred to as the country the inhabitants came from.
The Dutch house, the Italian house, the German house, the Irish house, etc. If you were second, third or fourth generation as in my case you
were called by your surname. I lived in Hudson house.
Collage on a painted and stamped canvas, photo transfer recycled and found objects including, maps and a serviette.
Connecting the Orbits
The course in pulled embroidery was led by Ethel Harper. Pulled embroidery changes a loosely woven piece of fabric
into a beautiful piece of delicate embroidery work. In pulled work the threads of the fabric are compressed by pulling the stiches tightly,
forming patterns of holes. By using various types of stitches a beautiful lace like pattern appears. The stitches used in this project were,
ringed back basket filling, honeycomb, star eyelet, stain and Murver.
Francine is the product of a Fabric Collage Class with Susan Carlson. This is my own drawing but I used online
photos to guide the shading. Essentially the work is a colour value exercise. Many small pieces of fabric are cut and glue tacked down.
Except for the eyes she is covered in co-ordinating tulle which is machine stitched down to hold all the small pieces in place.
While teaching the Hexagon class, I challenged myself to hand piece the hexagons. The sky is machine pieced and
This piece was done in a shibori dyeing class taught by Meg Cheesman. Using elastics, the marbles were attached to
the material and then dyed using various colours. The circles resulted and I let them inspire me to stitch.
Back to Basics
This project was created in my first class at CEG taught by Lynda Watson - Wire Winding. She encouraged us to "experiment" so I had played around with a variety of colours and decided it was time to try a piece with no colour, but diversity of
materials instead. Thus Back to Basics became an all white piece using everything from crochet cotton to yarn to strips of organza. It
seemed fitting to put it on black, and then I decided to embellish. I was new to embellishing with beads etc., so just let it happen, and
this was the result.
Jan Van Fleet
This is one of three pieces that I made while taking "Working in a Series" led by Lynda Watson in 2015-16. I have
not named any of the pieces in this series (but some rather amusing titles have been suggested by others). I started by selecting several
pieces/scraps of fabric from my "stash" that I thought were complementary. These included fabrics of varying textures. I used these scraps,
in various ways, for all three pieces in the series.
Working on one piece at a time, this is the way I created the background: I stitched two or three strips of fabric together using the sewing
machine. I then cut that assemblage at odd angles, ending up with four or five pieced strips. Some or all of the pieced strips were then
sewn together (by machine), resulting in a background that was about 50% larger than the intended finished size.
I embellished the background piece with stitches and beads. From time to time, I used a paper template with a 6" x
8" opening to "audition" views of what might become the finished piece. When I found a view I liked, I pinned the paper template in place,
then moved on to the next piece in the series. Once I was satisfied with all three pieces, I made some final small adjustments—added
stitches or other embellishments—and then prepared the three pieces for framing.
Needle Lace Pins
The background on both is felted wool from recycled sweaters. Twenty gauge copper wire frames were covered with
blanket stitch. The yellow pin is a spiderweb design with clear beads as dew drops. The brown pin is a free form design using gold threads.
Growing up in Windsor, the Rose City, roses have always been important to me. My mother and grandmother had roses
in their gardens and as a young child, I could always smell them. This piece was inspired by a picture my son took in his neighbours garden.
During Summer Workshop, Elaine Quehl taught us how to simplify our photos and then construct a flower using fabric and "Steam-a-Seam". Now I
prefer my roses in fabric.
This introduction to stitching was offered by Alix Jordan: the piece of pre-printed fabric was in my stash. I put
the two together to practice the stitches I was learning. The limited colour scheme was chosen to help showcase the different stitches.
"Windy" came about from a UFO (unfinished objects) class at Day Guild. She reminds me of the old 60's Association
song about the young woman who trips down the streets of the city smilin' at everybody she sees. The silk fusion background was from another
class and had been in my storage for several years. Windy's face was transferred to fabric using Plaid's Picture This. She was created from
silk, ribbon, crystals and beads. The companion dragon fly was made to complement Windy's freedom to be her own woman.