Threadworks is a special project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers'(ONN) 1,000+ members. It showcases exceptional and creative needlework by artists from across Canada. Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) in Fergus, Ontario is proud to host, sponsor and support the inaugural exhibition, and acts as the organizing venue.
Threadworks is a juried exhibition that is mounted every three years and travels across Ontario to many museums and galleries.
This year, the interpretive theme was "Water". Practitioners of the needle arts were invited to submit up to 3 pieces (the actual work, not photographs).
All pieces had to be substantially worked with a threaded hand- or machine-needle and be of original design.
The maximum size was set at 36" x 45" (although diptychs and triptychs are acceptable).
Of the 170+ pieces of work received this year (2013), 60 were chosen for circulation around Ontario for the next three years.
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The Jurors for the 2013 "Water" Show were :
Judy Martin is an award-winning textile artist who combines Fine Art's conceptualism with traditional woman's craft. Judy teaches and exhibits her dyed and hand-stitched work extensively. She currently lives on beautiful Manitoulin Island.
William Hodge graduated from the Onatario College of Art and was a full-time professor at OCA for 42 years. William teaches and exhibits extensively and is deeply interested in the educating of people in all areas of the Fibre Arts. He currently maintains Armure Studio in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Syliva Naylor is an award-winning Canadian fibre artist and educator. Conducting workshops in Canada, the USA and England; she finds the inspiration for her work everywhere, but her love of the natural world predominates. She currently lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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Most of the inaugural show will travel the Province of Ontario for up to three years and be exhibited in : Southampton, Kirkland Lake, Haileybury, Woodstock, Fort Frances, Kenora, Gananoque, Whitby, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Bright's Grove, Cobourg, Almonte and Amherstburg.
Further "Threadworks" information can be found at the following web sites :
Wellington County Museum
Threadworks 2010 : TREES Inaugural Exhibition - April 24 to June 13, 2010