Updated: Nov 5, 2021
If you still haven’t been to see the exhibit Exceptional at General Fine Craft in Almonte, Ontario there’s still time. The show runs until June 4th and features the work of some truly remarkable felt and fibre artists such as Andrea Graham, Carmella Karijo-Rother, Sayward Johnson, Diane Lemire and Jennifer Tsuchida.
The show is in honour of the gallery’s 5th birthday. The gallery asked the 50 participating artists to share pieces they felt were Exceptional. The theme is explored through mediums such as ceramics, mixed media, painting, fibre, glass, wood jewelry and metalwork. Craftsmanship is of the utmost importance to this gallery. Their mandate is to showcase the best Ontario and Quebec-made contemporary decorative arts (both functional and experimental craft media) and 2-dimensional art. This gallery is truly invested in celebrating the value of original objects that are hand-crafted in Canada.
Exceptional: April 26th – June 4th, 2017 General Fine Craft, Art & Design: generalfinecraft.com 63 Mill Street Almonte, Ontario
The fibre artists involved in this show are all perfect examples of the gallery’s philosophy.
Andrea Graham is a multi-media artist from rural Ontario, now based in San Diego, who exhibits and teaches internationally. A 2013 Niche Award Finalist and named as one of the top influences in contemporary fibre art by Fiber Art Now magazine, Andrea is collected by Sonny Kamm and the Bronfman family’s Claridge Inc. collection. Andrea is widely published and recognised as an innovator in her field. Andrea prides herself on technical excellence and knowledge of her materials.
To learn more about this innovative artist visit: andrea-graham.com
Diane Lemire is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in Chelsea, QC and works from her studio in Farrellton, QC. A graduate from the University of Ottawa in Visual Art and Education, her full-time artistic practice has spanned 15 years, and includes land art, installation, international exhibitions, as well as teaching her love for textiles. Initially focusing on the sculptural form, specifically poured concrete forms embedded with found objects, Diane has, since 2007, devoted her practice to the material of felt. In this transition from hard to soft materials, her interest in the found object has remained a constant. Diane integrates a variety of objects into felt, such as dolls, beads, glass, bones, pottery, money, thimbles, parts of tools, and vintage clothing. The story of these recycled materials reflects her heritage. Diane was one of the artists featured in the felt :: feutre canada exhibition and fashion show in September 2016.
Read our Q&A with Diane at: felt-feutre-canada.com/q-a-with-diane-lemire/
Carmella Karijo Rother is a fibre artist living in Gatineau Park, Quebec. She is inspired by a love of nature, design, and beauty. Her aesthetic is one of studied simplicity. Her work is in the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection. Recent exhibitions include General Fine Craft, Almonte, Ontario; World of Threads Festival, Oakville, Ontario; Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.
To learn more about this outstanding artist read our Q&A with her at: felt-feutre-canada.com/q-a-fibre-artist-carmella-karijo-rother/
Jennifer Tsuchida is a self-taught felt artist from Toronto. She uses both traditional and modern felt making techniques to create sculptural pieces of functional, decorative, and wearable art. Jennifer’s work has been exhibited in galleries as well as non-traditional exhibition spaces both nationally and internationally. Her work has been acquired for private collections in Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.
Her work has been written about in publications such as: Studio Magazine: Craft and Design in Canada and FilzFUN. Jennifer’s pieces: Those Who Came Before #2 and Transference were exhibited in the “Migration” exhibition at the felt :: feutre canada Canadian Felt Symposium 2016 in Penticton, British Columbia. Jennifer will be teaching at the Twist Fibre Festival in Quebec this summer.
To learn more about this dynamic artist visit: jennifertsuchida.weebly.com