27 Jun

FACTS offers Textile Workshops
 in July 2016


Indigo Dye, Shibori

 For Immediate Release:  June 21, 2016

Contact: Karen Stewart, Dir. of Operations


The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity will be offering numerous textile based workshops again this year through the Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS) from July 7th to 22nd 2016 at 237 King Street East in Blyth. Workshops will include fabric marbling, pattern drafting, silk painting, silk screening, lace & bead knitting, natural dyeing, wet felting, Tambour Embroidery, and much more. The overall focus of the program is based on sustainable and local production, using locally sourced materials and best practices in a creative, innovative setting. 

The courses range $30 to $150 for instruction with course materials at an additional cost.  All of the classes are suitable for any level of experience, beginners included.  All that is needed is an excitement and willingness to experiment and create! 

During the evenings, there will be several Open Studios held where experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice and demos. Open Artist Studios are $10 or free to anyone enrolled in a class during the week. Open Studios provide time for people to work on projects at the studio in a social and creative environment. 

This year FACTS has invited several textile artists to lead new and exciting skills workshops. 

wet-felting-square Jennifer Osborn, a farmer, producer and felter, will be leading a Wet Felting class in which students will have the opportunity to make a pair of slippers.
Tambour Embroidery Tanya White, a textile artist who studied with Lesage in Paris, will share her knowledge of Tambour Beading: A 3D form of embroidery with beads and sequins. 
Kanzashi Susan Kendal, a textile artist from Barrie, will teach a class on Kanzashi Fabric Flowers, a Japanese technique that uses small folded scraps of fabric to make dimensional fabric flowers. 
Lace & Bead Knitting Irene Kellins, a local knitting expert will return to guide people through the process of lace and bead knitting.

The rest of the workshops and classes will be led by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston. During her career Jennifer has worked as a costume designer, curator, small fashion business owner and part-time faculty at several universities. Currently Jennifer is involved with the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity as the program director for FACTS, working towards creating a Fashion Arts and Creative Textiles Studio that will support the creative needs of the community and local production. Projects include developing workshops and classes, researching the natural dye palette of Blyth and creating a network for communication and support for local artisans and producers with the cooperation of the Upper Canada Fibreshed.

The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) was developed to build a unique cultural hub that addresses issues facing rural communities and accelerate economic growth and social renewal in Huron County and beyond.  The CCRC will inspire people through art and nurture creative thinking in order to identify new economic, creative, and recreational opportunities.  The CCRC operates within the mandate of its parent company Blyth Arts and Cultural Initiative 14/19 Inc. as a not-for-profit charitable organization working in partnership with the community to develop a cultural strategy that provides unique educational and artistic opportunities, meaningful employment, and increased quality of life for all.

For more information on the workshops, pricing,
and to register please see the Calendar AT THIS LINK


11 Jun

FACTS update June 10, 2016

Fashion Arts & Creative Textile Studio (FACTS)

This spring we planted our first natural dye garden in the Blyth Community Garden. Marigolds, coreopsis and hollyhocks will be harvested this summer while the woad and madder will take a few years to mature to the point that it can be harvested for dye. With the helpful advice of Roland Ricketts, a renowned American indigo farmer and artist, we are more confident that we can grow Japanese Indigo and we are hoping to have our first crop of indigo next summer! We are running a natural dye course this summer that will use not only plants and flowers from the garden but kitchen waste and  foraged foliage. Using locally sourced dye stuff we can determine the beautiful natural dye palette of Blyth. The course runs July 13th to 15th and is perfect for anyone working with natural yarns or yardage in their work including quilters, rug hookers, weavers and knitters. 

FACTS is a strong supporter of the fibreshed movement and is working with Upper Canada Fibreshed to support and connect local farmers, producers, processors  and artists to create local and sustainable markets.  Like the local and slow food movement, the goal of the  fibreshed movement is to keep the entire life cycle of a garment or object within the community. We are currently part of a flax growing project initiated by Upper Canada Fibreshed to reintroduce small scale flax production to Ontario. 

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