Festival Logo: Gareth Bate Design.

Opening at b42 Gallery, Oakville
Common Thread International Juried Exhibition Part 3  

2009 Committe: Helen Barnes, Dawne Rudman, Ixchel Suarez, Cathy Shaughnessy, Jane Coryell, Marda McLean. Photo: Gareth Bate

Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre
home to the Common Thread International Exhibition Part 1.

Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, Oakville
Common Thread International Juried Exhibition Part 1

The Gallery at Sheridan Institute. Threads That Bind

Towne Square Gallery, Oakville.

Towne Square Gallery, Oakville
Common Thread International Exhibition Part 2

Opening at Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, Oakville
Common Thread International Exhibition Part 2

Opening at B42 Gallery, Oakville
Common Thread International Exhibition Part 3

 

World of Threads Festival

Oakville & Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The festival is an international showcase of contemporary fibre art. We are a not-for-profit initiative with charitable status. We exhibit innovative fibre based art from around the world and highlight the strength of our local talent. The Festival is run by dedicated volunteers Dawne Rudman (Chair & Festival Curator) and Gareth Bate (Festival Curator). Exhibitions are carefully planned by various curators.

Beginning in 1994 as a single Oakville exhibition, the festival continues to grow in size and ambition. The exhibitions feature work submitted by hundreds of artists from around the world.

For the 2012 festival we expanded into Toronto. We will continue to be based in Oakville, Ontario.

The town of Oakville, Ontario, Canada is located on Lake Ontario 45 minutes west of Toronto and is part of the Greater Toronto Area. . Oakville has a vibrant cultural scene for which the World of Threads Festival is a prominent player. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and has a large and important art world. The festival draws visitors from across the region and internationally.

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2014 Festival

  • Curator Interview series introduced in January, 2014.

  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interview series continues to play a major role. 110 Interviews published by end of December, 2013.

  • Festival 2014 will be inOakville only, not Toronto.

 

History

2012 Festival

  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews Series started in Jan. 2011. Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate published 83 interviews before the Festival. 45 featured artists who exhibited in Festival 2012. They highlighted fibre artists around the world and placed local artists within an international context. The series made the festival website a regular stop for fibre art lovers. There are subscribers in 59 countries.

  • For 2012 festival we expanded into Toronto. We continude to be based in Oakville, Ontario.

  • Curated exhibitions based on an international call for submissions replace the previous model of juried shows. Contemporary Fibre Art becomes the emphasis. We exhibited work from around the world.

  • 21 Exhibitions featured 195 artists from 12 countries and eight Canadian provinces. 11 curators.

  • Oakville remains the home of the festival with 11 shows.

  • Toronto becomes a part of the festival for the first time with 10 shows.

  • Festival Chair is Dawne Rudman, quilter and Oakville's 2007 Volunteer of the Year.

  • Festival Organizers: Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman.

  • Common Thread International Exhibition Curators
    Gareth Bate, Dawne Rudman, Evan Tyler, Richard McNeill, Shuhui Lee, Rochelle Rubinstein

  • Independent Exhibition Curators
    Stanzie Tooth, Amanda McCavour, Sharlene Rankin, Chris Mitchell, Helena Frei.

  • Gareth Bate Design creates new website and all graphic design.

  • Oakville Venues: Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, The Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre (QEP) and QEP Display Area, QEP Halls, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Towne Hall, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna, Ristorante Julia, Oakville Place Shopping Centre.

  • Toronto Venues: gallerywest, Candian Sculpture Centre, Mon Ton Window Gallery, 401 Richmond St. West -Red Room and The Roastery Coffee House, Lonsdale Gallery, The Gladstone Hotel, Case Goods Warehouse in the Distillery District, Gallery 918, Studio Cycle Group.

  • Countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA.

    Canadian Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan.

    American States: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia.

    English Counties: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Lancashire, Warwickshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire.
  • Gallery Liasons:
    Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre: Sybil Rampen
    gallerywest: Evan Tyler
    Sculpture Society of Canada Gallery: Richard McNeill, Judi Michelle Young
    Mon Ton Window Gallery: Rochelle Rubinstein
    The Gallery at Sheridan Institute: Lynne Murray,
    Jamie Owen.
    Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre: Gallery Liasons: Tonia Di Risio, Preeya Nayee.
    Abbozzo Gallery:
    Ineke Zigrossi, Margaret Kirwin
    401 Richmond Street West: Erin MacKeen
    Oakville Musuem at Erchless Estate: Susan Crane, Carolyn Cross, Julie Hawryszko, Lyne Mainville, Bill Nesbitt, Susan Semeczko

  • Oakville Festival Exhibition Installers:
    Gareth Bate, Jamie Owen, Dawne Rudman,
    Assistant Exhibition Installers:
    Irene Brayne, Judy Brydon, Lynne Calvert, Preeya Nayee

 

2009 Festival

  • The Festival becomes international in scope with a more ambitious emphasis on contemporary fibre art. New galleries join the festival.

  • 14 exhibitions, and 190+ artists from 13 countries and 8 provinces make the 2009 festival the most sucessful to date and international in scope.

  • Countries Represented: Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.

  • Canadian Provinces Represented: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswich, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan.

  • Submissions for the Common Thread Internatioanl Juried Exhibition were so impressive that the show was expanded to 3 venues. 215 entries came in from 16 countries.

  • Award Winners:  Ulrikka Mokdad of Denmark, (Best of Show), Fuyuko Matsubara of USA (Best Traditional), Patricia Seaton Homonylo of Toronto (Best Contemporary).

  • Jane Coryell remains as Festival Chair, Dawne Rudman is Exhibitions Coordinator.

  • Gareth Bate Design creates new website and uses online social networking to bring the festival to an international audience.

  • Reviews in Fibre Quarterly & Fibre Focus Magazines.

  • First Fibre Earth Works installation takes place at the Oakville Museum.

  • Grants from Ontario Trillium Foundation and Town of Oakville Cultural Grant.

  • Venues included Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, b42 Gallery, Towne Square Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Towne Hall, The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna, Halton Regional Centre, Ristorante Julia, Timothy's Cafe.

Festival Comittee

  • Jane Coryell: Festival Chair. Grants Applications Coordinator, Oakville Arts Council, assisting Sponsorship Team.
    Dawne Rudman: Exhibitions Coordinator: All Common Thread Venues, Salon, Threads That Bind, website.
    Marda McLean:
    Exhibitions Assistant Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator.
    Cathy Shaughnessy:
    Secretary, Guilded Threads Exhibition
    Co-ordinator.
    Ixchel Suarez:
    Publicity and Promotion Coordinator, "nine lives" exhibition Coordinator, Oakville's fibre Arts Guilds Liason
    Helen Barnes: Sponsorship Coordinator
    Vivienne Jones: Treasurer


  • Gareth Bate: Website, Social Networking, Photography, Graphic Design.

    Common Thread Jurors:
    Carol Goddu, Dorie Millerson, Judith Tinkl.

 

 

2007 Festival

  • Festival is Winner of Oakville's prestigious "Community Spirit Award for Volunteerism in the Arts".

  • Dawne Rudman, dedicated volunteer wins "Oakville Volunteer of the Year" for her work organizing festival exhibitions.

  • Charitable Status is achieved.

  • 8 Exhibitions including Common Thread (featuring 22 pieces), "Threads of Remembrance" (embroidered postcards from WW I), First Salon Des Refuses (works refused by Common Thread jurors), New Directions - New Ideas (work by Sheridan Textile Arts students).

  • Formation of the first Steering Committee with coordinators responsible for specific portfolios.

  • First website is designed by Mary Kroetsch.

  • 5 workshops and 1 lecture are held at Sheridan Institute.

  • Second Collaborative Fibre Recreation by Oakville's five fibre guilds sees each guild work to make multiple parts of "The Mill on the Sixteen" (1856) by Frederick Verner.

  • Grants from Community Foundation of Oakville, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Oakville Grants to Cultural Organizations.

  • Reviews: Oakville Beaver, Arts About Town, Oakville Today, Snap Oakville.

  • Significant donations are made by local individuals, businesses, and organizations.

  • Venues: The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Oakville Museum, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Town Hall and Ristorante Julia. 

Festival Comittee

  • Jane Coryell: Festival Chair, Oakville Arts Council Liason.
    Nancy Fischer: Common Thread Exhibition Coordinator, Workshops
    Dawne Rudman: Exhibitions Coordinator & Common Thread Assistant
    Bernadette Ward: Publicity & Promotion Coordinator
    Ruth Fawcett: Treasurer
    Margaret Ballantyne-Power: Secretary & Guilds Liasion
    Susan Crane: Oakville Museum Representative
    Mary Kroetsh: Speakers & Workshops Coordinator
    Janice Joyner: Fundraising Coordinator

 

2005 Festival

  • World of Threads Festival becomes the new festival name.

  • Common Thread Exhibition attracted 187 entries.

  • 7 exhibitions, three technique demonstrations by local guild artists at Oakville Museum, six introductory techniques workshops, a fundraising raffle, and two lectures.

  • Jane Coryell noted community organizer becomes Festival Chair.

  • First Collaborative Fibre Recreation by Oakville's five fibre guilds sees each guild work to make multiple parts of  Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold."

  • Grant is received from Community Foundation of Oakville.

  • Reviews: Oakville Beaver, Oakville Today, AAT, Snap Oakville, Our Town Downtown.

  • Venues: The Gallery at Sheridan Institute,Oakville Museum, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Town Hall,  Silver Thimble Needlepoint, Ristorante Julia, Cicada Gallery, Red Thread Gallery.

  • Workshops & Demonstrations: Oakville Museum, Wool Bin, Oakville Town Hall, Oakville Sewing Centre, Jilly Bean's Pride, Haberdashers Bead Boutique

  • 2 Lectures: Oakville Town Hall

Festival Comittee

  • Jane Coryell: Festival Chair
    Oakville Stichery Guide: Nancy Fischer, Marda McLean, Leslie Masters, Margaret Perry, Ali Thompson
    Oakville Arts Council: Helen Barnes, Grace DeLottinville,
    CJ Martin, Rena Sava
    Oakville Handweavers & Spinners Guild:
    Helena Asikainen, Bunty Yeoman, Aija Zichmanis
    Oakville Stichery Guild: Marda McLean
    Oakville Musuem: Susan Crane
    Marjorie Carberry Hooking Guild of Oakville:
    Donalda Fordham
    Oakville Ring of Tatters: Anne Harrison, Julie Verma
    Oakville Quilters Guild: Kim Kernohan, Dawne Rudman
    St. Ignatius Loyola High School: Joan MacDonald

    Common Thread Jurors:
    Patricia Bentley, Sharon Epstein, Lorraine Roy

 

2002 Festival

  • "Fibre Festival" becomes the new festival name. It expands into eighteen exhibitions, two lectures and eleven workshops.

  • The Common Thread exhibition featured 32 textile artists from across Canada. It attracted 160 entries.

  • Helen Barnes becomes Festival Chair.

  • Award Winners: Valerie Garnett & Robin Muller (Best of Show), Judith Fielder (Best Traditional), Lisa Leahey-McIsaac (Best Contemporary).

  • Canada's Quilt of Belonging is displayed at Oakville Centennial Library. The Oakville Quilters Guild adds a block to this historic national quilt.

  • Afghan Women's Resource Centre sold textile crafts to help Afghan women.

  • Demonstrations  are held by local artists in downtown shop windows and at exhibition sites. Children's hands-on activities at local malls.

  • Reviews: Oakville Beaver, ArtsScene, Burlington News.

  • Exhibition Venues: The Oakville Museum, Sheridan College Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Town Hall, O'Connor MacLeod Hanna, Greening's Art Gallery, Glen Abbey Public Library, MacGregor Gallery, Ms. Emma Designs, Cannington House Gallery, Anastasia Gallery, Silver Thimble, Sovereign House, Oakville Arts Society, Bookers, Appleby College, Iroquois Ridge Library, Oakville Library Main Branch Auditorium.

  • Workshops & Lecture Venues: Oakville Public Library, Sheridan College, The Oakville Museum, Oakville Galleries' Gairloch Gallery, St. Pauls United Church, Joshua Creek Studio, The Silver Thimble, Sovereign House, Hopedale Shopping Centre, Haberdashers, Native Art Gallery.

Festival Comittee

  • Helen Barnes, Chair
    Rena Sava, Oakville Arts Council Board
    Ingrid Sevels, Oakville Arts Council Board
    Bunty Yeomans, Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild
    Barbara Rennick, Marjory Carberry Rug Hooking Guild
    Donalda Fordham, Marjory Carberry Rug Hooking Guild
    Dawne Rudman, Oakville Quilters Guild
    Jane Coryell, Oakville Stitchery Guild
    Brenda Austin-Phinney, Oakville Stitchery Guild
    Phyllis Paris, Oakville Ring of Tatters
    Anne Harrison, Oakville Ring of Tatters
    Susan Warner-Keene, Sheridan College
    Deborah Hudson, Oakville Museum
    Edith Dunn, Cannington House Gallery
    Grace DeLottinville, Oakville Arts Council
    Liz Prescott, Oakville Arts Council

Guild Liasons

  • Brenda Austin-Phinney, Oakville Stichery Guild
  • Phyllis Parish, Oakville Ring of Tatters
  • Barbara Rennick, Marjorie Carberry Rug Hooking Guild
  • Bunty Yeomans, Oakville Handweavers & Spinners

    Common Thread Jurors:
    Jeanne Bellavance, Judith Tinkl, Sarah Quinton

 

2000 Festival

  • "Oakville Festival for Fibre Arts" becomes the new festival name. The festival includes exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The second festival organizing team of 10 includes OAC staff, Oakville guilds representatives, Sheridan Textile Studio head, Oakville Museum staff. The festival expands events and venues.

  • Common Thread Exhibition is juried by proposals from artists who then have one year to complete the work. The proposal is then exhibited with the finished piece giving the viewer an insider perspective on the creative process.

  • Traditions in Lace exhibition at the Oakville Museum.

  • Reviews: Hamilton Spectator, Toronto Star, Oakville Beaver, Surfacing Journal, Abbey Oaks News.

  • Exhibition Venues: The Oakville Museum, Sheridan College Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Town Hall, O'Connor MacLeod, McLaren-Barnes Gallery, Greening's Art Gallery, Native Art Gallery, Green Gables Art Studio, Oakville's Pauper Boutique, Glen Abbey Public Library, MacGregor Gallery, Ms. Emma Designs, Cannington House Gallery,  Archival Cottage.

  • Workshops & Lecture Venues: Oakville Public Library, Oakville Place Mall, The Oakville Museum, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Galleries' Gairloch Gallery, St. Pauls United Church, Crackpot Studios, Sheridan College, McLaren-Barnes Gallery,

Festival Comittee

  • Gillian McIntyre, Festival Chair
  • Helen Barnes
  • Jane Coryell
  • Dawne Rudman, Quilters Guild Liasoon

    Common Thread Juror:
    Andrew M. Tomcik

 

 

1998 First Festival

  • "Fibre Arts Festival" becomes Oakville's first festival of fibre arts. Christel Wille and Oakville's five fibre arts guilds initiate the festival with the intention of celebrating local artists. This includes exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

  • Venues: The Oakville Museum, Oakville Galleries' Centennial Gallery & Gairloch Gallery, Sheridan College Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Silver Thimble, Oakville Municipal Building, The Wool Bin, To Set A Table, O'Connor MacLeod, McLaren-Barnes Gallery, Greening's Art Gallery, Native Art Gallery, Green Gables Art Studio.

Festival Comittee

  • Christel Wille, Festival Chair.
  • Helen Barnes
  • Jane Coryell
  • Herb Vandewall
  • Kara Wille, OAC staff Liason

    Common Thread Jurors:
    Jean Johnson, William Hodge.

 

 

1995 Exhibition

  • Second National Common Thread Exhibition is held at The Gallery at Sheridan College. The show is juried by proposals from artists who then have one year to complete the work. The proposal is then exhibited with the finished piece giving the viewer an insider perspective on the creative process.

  • "As the title indicates, this exhibition aims to promote the common threads that link production of fibre works in Oakville."

  • "Fibre exhibitions often separate traditional and contemporary works but this does a disservice to both forms of expression. Works drawing on traditional techniques are created within contemporary contexts while contemporary works attempt to push the ever changing boundaries of what is considered traditional. In all works there is a tension between innovation and tradition and it is important to investigate this tension." Christel Wille

    Common Thread Juror:
    William Hodge

 

1993 Exhibition

  • Celebration of Craft '93 is the first exhibition of fibre art in what would eventually become the World of Threads Festival. The show was held at The Gallery at Sheridan College.

  • Christel Wille (noted Oakville weaver) and the Oakville Arts Council, inaugurates the first biennial Common Thread National Juried Exhibition in coordination with Sheridan Textile & Design Studios.

    "It has always been my vision to exhibit contemporary and traditional works side by side and within a community context. Since Oakville has six active fibre guilds and a vital textile program at Sheridan, Oakville is an ideal place to organize this celebration." Christel Wille

    Celebration of Craft '93 Juror:
    Jean Johnson