Latest Event Updates

Natural Dye Workshops

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The Textile Studio is excited to offer two natural dye workshops this spring.

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Natural Dye Printing

Thea Haines, Textile Studio Professor


This 3-day workshop introduces the process of screen-printing on fabric with natural dyes. Principles of preparing the fabric with mordants through printing and immersion will be explored, and methods for preparing dye extracts will be investigated. Students work together and independently to build up a series of beautiful technical samples and colour swatches, and will also have the opportunity to produce their own natural dye mono-prints using the open screen polychromatic printing technique. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Textiles.

No previous experience is required.

Dates: Friday May 22 – Sunday May 24 inclusive, 9:00-4:00 daily

Tuition $300 + $25 material fee* Maximum of 15 participants.

To register:

Natural Dye Printing

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Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing: Introduction to rust-dyeing, eco-printing, and botanical transfer-prints

Janelle Guthrie, Textile Studio Technologist


In this 3-day workshop, participants will explore alternative methods of applying imagery and colour to cloth and paper with botanicals, rust, and food waste. Using ancient techniques in contemporary ways, students will prepare fabrics for dyeing and experiment by creating their own imagery and colour samples on a variety of fibres and surfaces.  Students will have an opportunity to create artwork as well as decorative silk scarves. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Textiles. No previous experience is required.

Dates: Friday June 5 to Sunday June 7 inclusive, 9:00-4:00 daily

Tuition $300 + $25 material fee* Maximum of 15 participants.

The following are some photos taken during Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing last year.

To register:

Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing

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Living Arts Centre

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The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga is accepting applications for their Resident Artist Program. Applications are due on May 25th.

According to the Living Arts Centre website:

“The Resident Artist Program has been created to provide opportunities for a blend of recent graduates of arts and design institutions, as well as mid-career artists, to create, explore, learn and exchange ideas and insights, within a multi-disciplinary environment.

Operating within a facility that offers a diverse choice of performing and visual arts programs, patrons of all ages enjoy a line-up of musicians and artists, and opportunities for hands-on creative expression in a professional arts environment. This marriage between visual and performing arts, community education, and professional art practice provides a valued and unique atmosphere for emerging artists.

Professional development activities include participating in exhibitions, teaching and assisting opportunities as well selling work in the gift shop and contributing to special events and festivals.”

For more information:

A conversation with artist Anne Wilson.

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Please join the Textiles Department as we welcome Anne Wilson, Artist and Professor of Fibre & Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. All are welcome to attend!

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Where: Textiles Studio
2:00pm – 3:30pm Artist talk; followed by roundtable discussion

“Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire.

Wilson’s art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others.

Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Wilson’s work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”<>

Timeline – Becky Ostil.

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Third year student Becky Ostil is currently working on a collage piece called Timeline.  She carefully curated several historical family photos and printed them digitally onto fabric. She is using traditional hand embroidery in addition to free machine embroidery to embellish the photos.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – new dates and deadlines

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Please take note! Recently announced changes have been made to the date and application deadline for this year’s TOAE due to the Pan Am / Parapan Am games over the summer months.


The 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will take place September 18-20 at Nathan Phillips Square

10:30am – 7:30pm Friday and Saturday

10:30am – 6:30pm Sunday.

NEW DEADLINE – Artist Exhibitor Applications

Artist exhibitor applications are due 11:59pm on Monday, May 18 and are available at:


Carnegie Gallery – Call for Entry

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The Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario is accepting submissions for their biennial juried exhibition of Ontario-based craft practitioners. Carnegie Craft 2015 runs from April 3-26th, 2015.

According to “Carnegie Craft 2015 is open to both emerging and established professional craftspeople.

Material categories that will be considered by the jury include ceramic, wood, textile, metal, glass and mixed media. This is a great opportunity to show your work, and to be considered for one of eight awards!”

Download an entry form: Carnegie Craft 2015 Call for Entry
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015