Unravelled Arts Residency

In the fall of 2021 I saw a call for residencies for a local artspace Sparrow Artspace. This looked like a unique concept, where you would take over a 700 sq ft retail space for 1-2 months for a small fee. I approached Mike about doing a Fibre Arts based project with the concept of a Fibreshed. We applied and were accepted for December/January.  Being that it was the holiday season and still Covid times we decided on a gallery setting, focusing on events and sales in December and workshops in January. Our show was titled Unravelled. 

We were open to the public five days a week so within this time we were able to host drop in free crafting workshops, a craft night, workshops and a lecture by a local shepherdess Tara from Providence Lane Homestead on the issues of sustainability and the Canadian wool industry. We had rug hooking, needle felting, wet felting, natural dying, knitting and crochet on display as well as a photography exhibit of local sheep and alpaca. Our youngest artist was 10 and due to Covid I was homeschooling her at the time so this experience also benefited her. We had a maker area where we showcased needle felting kits and supplies by The General Bean and Artfelt Studio and wool yarn from our local mill Custom Woollen Mills  as well as  local wool naturally dyed by myself and alpaca yarn grown by Tara and milled by Custom Woollen Mills.

 

Overall this was an amazing experience to connect with other artists, our local community and raise awareness on local sustainable materials. Promoting the Fibreshed concept is something Mike and I are passionate about and hope to delve more into with future projects.

Artists Showcased

Jamie Lynn Bowen

Mike Ault

Sabina Ault

Cathleen Macdonald 

Ola Birch

Tara Klager

Sonia Mccaul

Maker Area Supplies

The General Bean

Art Felt Studio

Custom Woollen Mills

Providence Lane Homestead