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Pieces: Celebrating Textiles

Pieces Celebrating Textile

By: Lynda Drury

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles

Is an immersion in hand work and contemporary thought related to textiles, bringing together making, materials and meaning. Charllotte Kwon, of Maiwa fame, provides our opening night Conversation, setting the context for this event within a slow fashion framework. The Florence Filberg Center from late Friday afternoon March 27th through Sunday March 29th 2015 will be the place to plunge into textile sumptuousness. “Pieces” offers a program of presentations, interactions, demos, performance, installations, skill sharing, delectable food, vendors and more. “Pieces” will also be scattered throughout 4th and 5th streets with gallery, demos and children’s offerings for the public.

Within the Florence Filberg Centre, amidst a backdrop of full spectrum colour and textile heaven there will be the Upstairs ticketed event with making and mending, eating and vending downstairs for the general public to enjoy. “Pieces” celebrates the plethora of talented artisans of Vancouver Island and surrounding areas. We start at the beginning, digging into Vancouver Island’s historical textile stories and fibres.

We follow the curve of time on our islands, looking at the origin textiles of the early Coast Salish and other Nations. Jan Ross of Emily Carr House will talk about “womanly arts” and how these have been cast into the diminutive. Charlotte Kwon and others will lead us into a Global Conversation, where we delve into textile dilemmas, as well as what’s in your closet. Textile author, Leanne Prain, makers, artisans and Swap O Rama Rama will be shaking up the possibilities while delving into how we make meaning with cloth, yarn, and other fibers. We are excited to be offering opportunities to explore the world of upcycling, remodelling and repurposing with amazing and simple ideas to inspire you.

Come find out what Swam O Rama Rama is all about! and how we could start one here. There will be a kids program going on at the Museum and lots of local businesses offering short in-house demonstrations or showcasing textiles. We close with Endnotes, a conversation on Cloth, Memory and Mourning. Our downstairs area hosts the Eat, Make, Mend Café with amazing food from Tria Fine Catering & Gourmet Eats and opportunities to learn and share skills. There will be an Artisan Vendor area with demonstrations. The downstairs is by donation. Early bird tickets for the upstairs are now on sale until December 31st, in time for holiday gift giving. Find tickets at Uptown Yarns in Courtenay and the Village Yarn Shoppe in Comox.

We will also have tickets available at Fiesta Craft Bazaar (one of our generous sponsors) on November 22nd and 23rd at the Florence Filberg Center. Check out “Pieces” vendor and volunteer opportunities as well as presenter info, program offerings and more at:  

Berwick, Comox Valley is providing a very generous sponsorship for this event. They are involved in other ways too, but that is top secret! North Island College International, our major sponsor is supporting us through the Global Learning Innovation Fund which offers student involvement with a truly innovative twist. Join us in this meeting place for community, expression, diversity, mastery, learning, pleasure, joy, performance and a myriad of amazing materials and finished works to explore.

Contact: Lynda Drury at 250 792-1198,

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