Sunday, June 1, 2014

MAGGIE VANDERWEIT MEREDITH shares WRAP AND RUST DYEING in Kingston, September 2014... Come join us!


SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2014
Odessa Fairgrounds Hall, Odessa ON
Friday evening Lecture and two full days with Maggie   
FIBREWORKS KINGSTON is very pleased to confirm that leading us off this fall will be the outstanding Instructor, MAGGIE VANDERWEIT MEREDITH, who many of you know and love from her courses at Haliburton Summer School of the Arts and teaching she has done with Fibreworks Kingston, The Canadian Quilters Association and at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. Maggie's new work in the arena of natural dyeing and rust work is not only stunning, but sought out as she travels, teaches and exhibits in Ontario and beyond.
On Wrap and Rust Dyeing......
In your weekend with Maggie, you will discover the amazing process of eco-friendly direct dyeing with natural plant materials and metals. In your two days together, you will learn from Maggie which plants are most effective, how to use non-toxic mordants and rust, and how to create organic, soft, complex cloth to use in your textile art.

The weekend workshop will be all about exploring the tactile art of creating beautifully patterned cloth using natural materials and the subtle marks and colour only old iron can impart. Maggie will guide you through her favourite techniques, and share tips and techniques for building on this art form as you learn and explore.


Registration for this course is now open, so mark your calendar and join us for a full weekend of fibre play on September 19-21, 2014 will not want to miss this time with Maggie and her art.
The FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Registration Form for this course is posted here now, on the right sidebar. Please mail with your cheque to Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator/Registrar.

Publication of the full 2014/2015 FIBREWORKS Kingston Brochure sharing all of the 2014/15 courses will be here at the blog in mid-June.
Here are a few more inspirational pictures of Maggie's Art Cloth:

And some important information about Maggie and her work from her website:

Maggie is an active Artist Member of SAQA, CQA, CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, CFUW Guelph Textile Art Group, and the Harris Artist's Collective. She offers inspirational lectures, trunk shows and classes to guilds, schools, colleges, art classes, retreats, quilt shops, private groups and international needlework shows and quilting conferences.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is in international and national private collections. She has won numerous awards, including two first place prizes in the CQA National Juried Quilt Show, one for her machine quilting for “Stone Weather”, and one for her piecing in “Fire in the Cabin - PMS and the Full Moon”. In 2013 she was honoured with the Canadian Quilting Association's Excellence in Innovation Award for "Bedolina Threads", a Threadworks Juror's Award for "Blue is the Colour of My Soul", and an Insights Purchase Award for "Unchained". Maggie has sold/sells her original textile art from her studio, galleries, museums, during the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour, Fair November, Creativ Festival, Silo Weavery, and the One of a Kind Show. She also sells her own photo greeting cards, hand-painted fabrics and threads and creates commissioned pieces for public and personal spaces.

Maggie is influenced and provoked to create by literature, good conversation, radio, colour, line, texture, her beliefs and private musings. She draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the farmlands, rolling hills, gardens and woods around her. She works with many different materials and techniques - from traditional pieced patchwork to intuitive abstract painting and depictions of political and personal events. She is probably best known for the hand-painted fabric she pieces in original and simple patterns, and then densely quilts in intricate, contemporary free-motion designs with her domestic sewing machine. She also spends her days doing spontaneous handwork: beading, embroidering, wet felting, embellishing, eco-dyeing, faux encaustic and painting. She often works in a series, but every piece emerges completely unique. Her desire is to create spiritually meaningful textile art, and she believes that every creative act requires faith and optimism.