Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS at St. Lawrence College offers students two opportunities to transfer full course credts to their program of TEXTILE DESIGN at St.Lawrence or the Haliburton Summer School for the Arts... and we are right here close to home! Enjoy the summer evenings or a full week of Design and Stitch while sharing the beauty of the season along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario at Kingston and Brockville Campuses.

ARTS 110, A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
May 30-July 6, 2017
(Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 pm)

Our students come to the collage, often with years of sewing and design experience, wanting to enhance their skills and work creatively to start an all new body of work using the many new techniques shared during the six weeks together with a community of students with similar goals. Sharing is encouraged, and  there is always a relaxed and  a collegial environment where support and growth are the goal. Every student is encouraged to take his or her own path using the class as a jumping off point for their own new work. 

This course will guide you as a beginner or seasoned artist to create all new work in a relaxed classroom setting using fibre as your medium.

Hand work as well as fabric painting, beading, manipulation and some MX and transfer dye play, mono-printing, collage, wet felting and creative machine stitchery will be explored as we work through this series of classes. 

Over-painted stitched cloth...multimedia comes to class...stamping, print work, thermoax screens

ARTS 113, Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments
A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus

SOLITUDE, Bethany Garner
.Indigo dye-play for the KFA Show, 2017

This full week M-F  course is for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and fine textile design. Students will study complex processes for dye work, Shibori and Arashi patterning, complete a series of Indigo studies and more. Students will explore design, colour, innovation, and fabric manipulation as they and develop the confidence to continue to use their creativity and openness to learning.  
On-campus residence is available for those who would like to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, exhibition calls are on the calendar and you just need a time to focus on your new work. Machine play is welcome, and the studio is open 8 am through 10 pm each day. 

Pole Wrapped Arashi Shibori

Shibori Meets Rust...

Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email:
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Monday, March 20, 2017

The KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS Annual Show, ART THREADS, is open at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning - do come and enjoy the exhibition! Open through April 13th, seven days a week and 10-5 pm

LINE PLAY, each piece 14" w x 45" h
Diptych of pieced blocks created with hand dyed fabrics by Bethany Garner

the 2017 Show and Sale of the
March 18th through April 13, 2017
Community Gallery, First Level
TETT Centre For Creativity and Learning
10-5 pm , 7 days each week
Please visit if you can and bring friends!

Hanging at the TETT, the pieces I made for this year's ART THREADS show have taken me from the classroom where I share stitch and design classes at St. Lawrence College and the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Studio, also at the TETT,  where I occasionally have a chance to share dye courses. I enjoy the time to hand dye my own cloth for work I share in exhibitions, and appreciate having this opportunity to share some fun new work this year.

SOLITUDE, 27" w x 48"h
designed by Bethany Garner
Hand dyed cotton developed in an indigo dye class for the KHWS. One large piece, cut and re-pieced to develop an imagined fantasy forest. Machine quilted and frame mounted.

A bit about the ART THREADS Show and Sale:

The beautiful and wide ranging collection of KFA 2017 artwork on display represents new work by the 18 members of the Kingston Fibre Artists group. Meeting together monthly and working both in their individual artist home based studios and  as we share stitch days together over the past 20 years, these artists and design, creative technique and stitch enthusiasts have created a stunning show representing numerous styles and so much COLOUR! They present together for the second year at the TETT, sharing a Gallery filled with colour, texture, design play and a wonderful variety of design styles, sizes of artwork on display and price ranges to appeal to those eager to collect and gift beautiful art with family and friends.

The show is in it's 19th year, and has brought exciting new work to Kingston and area arts enthusiasts keen to see what is the newest of trends in the textile arts world. Many of our artists are exhibition arts participants in local, national and international shows, and several are represented by area Galleries.

Here are a few photos of the show gallery and we hope perhaps you will join us over the next several weeks. Bring friends and enjoy lunch or an early dinner at the Juniper CafĂ© at the Tett, just down the corridor at Lake Ontario the waterfront! A real treat...

Gallery shots are always fun, and this Community Gallery at the TETT is filled with wonderful fibre pieces to take in and perhaps take home for your personal art collection! Plan to stay awhile,  as each piece will be a treat to explore...browsing and just studying the style, technique  and creativity is encouraged! Our artists will be GALLERY SITTING during all of the show hours this year, so please feel free to ask questions!

Artwork created by LINDA Coulter, our 2017 Show Coordinator

The KFA artwork is beautiful and diverse and colourful... and a PAPER CHALLENGE has been added this year as a fund raiser for the KFA Group to ensure that we can be back in GALLERY TETT next year for your return visit!
 Artwork by Margaret Morris, Tina Barnes, Mary Ev Wyatt and Janet Elliott

by KFA Founding Artists
Hilary Scanlon

Artwork by Phillida Hargreaves, Sandra Garner, Sylvia Naylor, Robin Field, Christina Barnes

Included in the show is the very special work by HILARY SCANLON below, Midnight Bathing Belles, created especially for this year's show and the display includes Hilary's wonderful journal recording each step in her design process...

Do take time to have a look through this really special written and hand drawn record of her design and planning information while at the Gallery!

The concept drawings... a special part of the process.

HOPE TO SEE YOU in the Gallery!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Please mark your calendar and share a wonderful afternoon with your friends from Kingston, ON as we open the Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-5 pm

Art Threads

Kingston Fibre Artists Annual Show and Sale
Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning
Saturday, March 18, 2017 through Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

New work by the Kingston Fibre Artists.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. KFA members have been creating contemporary textile art and exhibiting together for the past 20 years. 

Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning Community Gallery
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4
Free Admission

For more information, please contact Peta Bailey