2018 marked 65 years of EWG supporting weaving, spinning, dyeing and other fibre arts

Art in

UBIQUITY

 65th Anniversary Exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council, 10186 – 106 Street

 April 27 to June 8, 2019

A tea towel has a function. We see and use it every day.  And yet for 65 years Edmonton weavers, have decided to put time and effort into designing and mastering handmade goods that most would consider ubiquitous.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to view the tea towel in a different light.  We invite the viewer to contemplate the value of a handwoven tea towel beyond its function – a visual testament to the masterful design and skill of the makers.

Participating EWG members: Colleen Balding, Jen Black, Margaret Berg, Kathy Buse, Carole  Dodd, Kyla Fischer, Marge Gray, Maryanne Hawryluk, Pirkko Karvonen, Diane Kozens, Colynn Krull, Barbara Leung, Kim McCollum, Catherine Melnychuk, Kathy Moore, Sandra Schulz and Lyn Zuberbuhler

A big thank you to the Alberta Craft Council, and EWG volunteers: Shannon Nelson, Arlene Tomnuk, Gillian Turney and Kim McCollum.

Art in Ubiquity –  The Handwoven Tea Towel , a hard cover book was produced in conjunction with the gallery show.  The book was edited by Kim McCollum.  In addition to photographs of the tea towels (with stories) featured in the show, the book includes poems and essays, and a poignant interview with Margaret Berg entitled “Connections Through Cloth”.  Margaret’s 2 block overshot on 8 shafts tea towel is on the cover of the book.  Margaret, an EWG member and master weaver, sadly, passed away soon after the interview.

Order the book online at Gather Textiles.

 

Photos from the Opening Saturday, April 27, 2019

EWG Publicity Chair, Shannon welcomes everyone to the exhibition.
EWG Committee volunteer Kim
Kim and Shannon
Catherine's 8-shaft point twill towel.
Jen's monk's belt and shadow weave towels.
Kathy's 16/2 cotton towel, plain weave with stripes in mock satin on 8 shafts
Sandra's twill tartan towel.
Kyla's striped tea towel.
Anniversary committee members Gillian and Shannon.
Barbara's rosepath tea towel.

Alberta Culture Days Sheep to Shawl Demonstration - September 2018

EWG members (the Master Wannabees study group and friends) demonstrated how a piece of cloth is handwoven using handspun fibres at a “Sheep to Throw” demonstration.

This event helped celebrate our 65th Anniversary and was part of Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Alberta Craft Council – Feature Gallery, 10186 106 Street, Edmonton, lower level.

As you can see from the photos, we are busy spinning and weaving while visitors  asked questions. It provided all of us who participated a chance to get to know each other and to share our passion.  The end result was stunning. The handspun warp was amazing and the alpaca weft made the throw incredibly soft.