Workshops & Lectures

Upcoming workshops

    • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Needle Felt Birds, Flowers & Trees
    Joanne Waters will demonstrate needle felted birds & cherry blossoms with hands on needle felting for those who want to try. Joanne has lived in West Vancouver for over 20 years. She is best known for her work with kelp baskets, wire sculpture & playful jewelry in the Slow Clothes Harmony Arts Fashion Show.

    Thread Painting
    Heather Talbot demonstrates her thread drawing technique: embroidering into heat transfers to creat hyper-realistic 3D images of nature. Heather grew up in the countryside of Scotland. She fell in love with textiles after graduation & is completely self-taught. She lives in East Vancouver, keeping bees, making art & working as a therapist.

     Open the the public! Free!

    • Sunday, March 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Hand Embroidered Crads
    Jill Taylor demonstrates surface embroidery techniques. Taylor studied at the Gail Harker Centre for Creative Arts & exhibits regularily with Coast Character Doll Artists (Vancouver) & the UK Goldwork Guild.
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

                                  Open the the public! Free!

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    This workshop is open to everyone and great for all age groups and levels of writers. Take the challenge. Write to a prompt for 10-15 minutes and see what you get. This kind of free flow writing to prompts by-passes the inner critic, removes blocks and inhibitions. With everyone in the same boat, with the same time constraints, it quickly builds trust in groups. Getting stuff out, getting it down on paper and sharing with others - these things are life enhancing, life affirming. A Pandora's Collective event.
    Hosted by poet Fran Bourassa
    Admission $5
    4th Tuesday of the month

    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Stumpwork Bugs
    Deborah Zibrik is an embroidery artist demonstrating the making of her Fantastical Bug & Beatles using stumpwork, beading, embroidery & all manner of bling to bring imaginary insects to life! Deborah recently achieved Diploma status with City & Guilds and Harker Creative studies.

     Open the the public! Free!

    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Enjoy the blossoms outside; the art exhibition inside & a Special Sale in the Silk Purse Art Centre Studio. The sale will offer textile & fibre art enthusiasts a huge range of fabrics, thread, beads, yarns, patterns & books: Silks & cottons, wools & more; Yarns & threads in every colour; Patterns & books; All available at bargain prices. You will not want to miss this event.
    • Sunday, April 02, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Weaving
    Doreen MacLauchlan will demonstrate weaving on a basic rigid heddle loom using handspun yarns from locally raised sheep & alpacas. Doreen learned to knit in Brownies at age 8 & has never stopped playing with fibre. She is a weaver, spinner, knitter & sometimes dyer, active in the Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild.

                                      Open the the public! Free!

    • Sunday, April 02, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Enjoy the blossoms outside; the art exhibition inside & a Special Sale in the Silk Purse Art Centre Studio. The sale will offer textile & fibre art enthusiasts a huge range of fabrics, thread, beads, yarns, patterns & books: Silks & cottons, wools & more; Yarns & threads in every colour; Patterns & books; All available at bargain prices. You will not want to miss this event.
    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Embroidery
    Gaye Hansen is currently working on a design of Frank Lloyd Wright requiring precision counting & execution of stitches. Gaye typically works in fine silks in the petit point & cross stitch techniques. Here stitchery often goes on & in hand-made books, another of her passions. Hansen holds a B.H.Ec degree, master Weaver certificate & has authored 5 best selling cookbooks. gaye has been working with Maiwa since 2005.

    Embroidery
    Catherine Russell demonstrates hand stitching. A member of the North Shore Needle Arts Guild, Catherine says "I have probably half a dozen embroidery projects on the go right now. I'm always experimenting with new ideas...from things I've seen...the materials I work with. Every project is an adventure."

     Open the the public! Free!

    • Sunday, April 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    Get an up-close view of artists at work! Artists exhibiting in Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation 2017 will demonstrate a variety of textile art forms and techniques.

    Brazilian Embroidery
    Margot Calvert demonstrates how she created her Brazilian embroidery pattern, plus samples of Brazilian embroidery & ribbon embroidery. Margot is a registered nurse in the OR (a little OCD) so Brazilain embroidery & hand work suits her. She lives in Coquitlam & thrives working in her quilt/fibre art home studio.

    Tapestry Weaving
    Patricia Kirch demonstrates tapestry weaving. With a career teaching Professional Tennis, Patti states that "Art is my off-court activity. The need for content in book arts, for cartoons in tapestry turns into a daily ritual of making journals & sketching potential cartoons for tapestry."

     Open the the public! Free!


    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    This workshop is open to everyone and great for all age groups and levels of writers. Take the challenge. Write to a prompt for 10-15 minutes and see what you get. This kind of free flow writing to prompts by-passes the inner critic, removes blocks and inhibitions. With everyone in the same boat, with the same time constraints, it quickly builds trust in groups. Getting stuff out, getting it down on paper and sharing with others - these things are life enhancing, life affirming. A Pandora's Collective event.
    Hosted by poet Fran Bourassa
    Admission $5
    4th Tuesday of the month

    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre
    This workshop is open to everyone and great for all age groups and levels of writers. Take the challenge. Write to a prompt for 10-15 minutes and see what you get. This kind of free flow writing to prompts by-passes the inner critic, removes blocks and inhibitions. With everyone in the same boat, with the same time constraints, it quickly builds trust in groups. Getting stuff out, getting it down on paper and sharing with others - these things are life enhancing, life affirming. A Pandora's Collective event.
    Hosted by poet Fran Bourassa
    Admission $5
    4th Tuesday of the month

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