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Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts – Lake Cowichan Gazette



– Story by Maggie Jackson Photography by Don Denton

Kathryn Fudge has been making her own clothes, cooking, drawing, painting and other creative activities since she was 10 years old. Her creativity blossomed into an earlier career as a seamstress.

It also came in handy when she helped her husband with renovations on their family home.

From the mid-1990s until 2006 she worked in a studio and taught classes in tole painting. In early 2008 she learned about a class in Paverpol.

“I signed up, took the class, loved it and called the instructor and asked what was next. It was the instructors course, so I did that and ran with it,” Fudge said. “I’ve never been one for colouring inside the lines and with Paverpol I really had to let go. I had to learn how to work with it and not control it. I love Paverpol because it’s non-toxic, environmentally friendly and easy to work with. Plus it air dries and it’s soap and water cleanup.”

Paverpol is a liquid polymer used as a textile hardener and can be used as a mixed media medium. It works with natural materials like, cotton, silk, linen, wool, hemp, and wood.

Paverpol requires natural material so it can be absorbed into the fibres. Fudge asks her students to bring upcycled 100% cotton T-shirts to her classes, so they too can create fun sculptures.

The front, back and side yard of the Fudge home have strategically placed Paverpol creations scattered throughout. “Mostly I create sculptures of women,” she said. “But I do have a 7’ giraffe and a few fairies.”

When she’s not teaching classes at the Coast Collective, she’s involved in her duties as the acting Executive Director there.

“Creating art is so ingrained in me,” Fudge said. “Some people go to the beach to relax and unwind. I can spend a day in my studio creating and time stops. It’s so fulfilling and satisfying, and I come out rejuvenated.

I go downstairs, start working on something and before I know it – it’s dark out!”

When it comes to the Coast Collective, she loves how it brings art and community together. “We do a kids’ show and a student art’s show every year. It’s really important to have art in the community, in your life, in your house, in your yard. It all starts with the kids, if you don’t expose them to it early on, they don’t do it. But it’s easy to get them involved.”

Her dream is to have an arts centre on the West Shore. “I’ve lived on Vancouver Island since 1992 and in Colwood since 1995. The arts scene on the West Shore needs serious support from the councils and the communities in general. I would love to see an arts centre on the West Shore, with a performing arts theatre and an art gallery and a centre like what we have at the Coast Collective.”

To see more of Kathryn Fudge’s work and classes, visit and/or . .

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New community art project tells 350 diverse stories – CollingwoodToday




At the Niibi Gathering on Friday, Aug. 9 and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, the public was invited to take part in an experiential art project.

Participants of all ages were asked to take a few minutes to think about their personal history, where they come from, what they like about their community, and whom they love and feel most connected to. These thoughts were then marked onto paper that was folded into 350 paper boats and glued onto canvas. The paper boats both reveal and hide the thoughts within their folds.

The result is a 40 foot long community art piece, called Frozen Voyage, that recognizes and celebrates our diverse stories and identities. Frozen Voyage is conceptualized around the idea that we are all individual, with our own stories and journeys, but we are also part of the larger community that we live in.
The concept for the project was developed by Akshata Naik, a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada, Britain, and India. Akshata lives in Toronto where she is the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke. She also teaches at Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and Vibe Arts.

“After seeing Akshata’s work with the Toronto Arts Foundation last Fall, we were so impressed that we wanted to try something similar in Collingwood. Akshata’s exploration around the theme of water and travel fit perfectly with our events at the Awen’ Gathering Place and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival,” says Arts & Culture Coordinator Tanya Mazza.
“My art practice has grown dynamically over the last few years and community engaged art projects have added another dimension to my work. Being a newcomer to Canada, and a women and an artist of colour, the opportunity to interact with diverse communities through my art projects has allowed me to explore Canada’s rich cultural fabric and diversity. Having the audience interact and contribute to my artwork, weaves together a larger mosaic of individual stories that leaves a lasting impact on me and hopefully the communities I work with,” says artist Akshata Naik.

The public is invited to view Frozen Voyage during open houses being held on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At the open house, join the project by folding your own boat that will be added to the artwork.

The public may also see Frozen Voyage, along with the other artwork, in Council Chambers during council meetings.


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For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items – Peninsula News Review




Local fibre arts enthusiasts made their way to Porter Park on Sunday for the ninth annual Fibrations event. Experts and amateurs alike met up behind the Fairfield Community Centre to celebrate all forms of fibre-based art including weaving, knitting, crocheting, and more.

The volunteer-run celebration of fibre began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

The 2019 event saw a record breaking 80 vendors in the Fibrations marketplace, said organizer Stephanie Papik.

Vendors including Ancient Futures, Elf Leather and Everlea Yarn had booths set up throughout the park. Hand-crafted items such as jewellery, macrame plant hangers and wall hangings could be purchased along with art supplies such as needles and yarn.

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The vendors and several local fibre art guilds also shared their knowledge with attendees through numerous interactive demonstrations of some of the different methods of creating with fibre, including spinning, weaving and felting.

Kids were also invited to try their hands at various fibre art forms at the Kids’ Zone.

Food was available in the community centre. A toonie raffle was also featured and names were drawn for various locally made products.

With files from Penny Sakamoto.


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In the newsletter: I don't want summer to be over, but… –




Work by some of the 2019 Toronto Nuit Blanche artists: Jordan Bennett, Director X, Esmaa Mohamoud and Daniel Arsham. Also, a picture of a ball pit. (CBC News/Courtesy of Brookfield Place New York/Courtesy of the artists)

Hello! You’re reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we’ll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here’s what we’ve been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

Look, I definitely do not want the summer to be over. There are too many summer movies left to watch! Too many summer outfits I want to wear! (And too many outfits inspired by this particular summer horror movie.) But damn if this week’s Nuit Blanche announcement isn’t already making me desperate for October to get here already.

The all-night event returns to Toronto Oct. 5, and it’ll include a few new far-flung neighbourhoods this time around (e.g. an exhibition zone in East Danforth). And there are so, so many artists involved who’ve been featured on CBC Arts, which is maybe why I’m already overwhelmed by the schedule. They’ve got Hatecopy, Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Director X, Jordan Bennett (who’ll bring Tepkik, which is currently up in New York City), Kent Monkman, Esmaa Mohamoud and Bryan Espiritu. (Esmaa and Bryan are creating a tribute to the Raptors, by the way. Go, sparts!)

Get the full program here. Plus, here’s a short video about one of the event’s tentpole attractions, Lunar Garden. It’s an eerily peaceful installation by Daniel Arsham (read: supersized pink Zen garden on the moon), and it’ll be taking over Nathan Phillips Square to Oct. 14. And because Nuit Blanche always has a certain urban playground vibe, here’s an intriguing long-ish read about the man who invented the ball pit. (There’s a Canadian connection, too. Somebody get this guy a Heritage Minute.)

And because we promised you eye candy


Enough thinking about October, there are things happening RIGHT NOW — things like the Up Here festival in Sudbury, Ont. This year, they’ve recruited international street artist Risk to paint them the biggest mural in Canada. That’s not it in the picture, obvs. (This relatively diminutive wall’s in Miami.) Follow his progress on the festival’s IG.


Do you have a designer’s eye? (I passed, but I’m not about to quit this gig, either.)

(Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone)

Like aura photos but with pencil crayons. Portraits by Calgary artist Kelly Isaak. (See them in person at Edmonton’s Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone to Sept. 21.)

(Vimeo/Mike Pelletier)

In case you’ve been wondering what our old Exhibitionist in Residence Mike Pelletier’s been up to

You’ve got to see this

She canoed to Thunder Bay in a big Victorian dress — and the trip’s not over yet – This time last summer, Naomi Harris was scared for her life — over and over and over again. The artist made a 70-day canoe journey, “paddling in the footsteps” of 19th-century painter Frances Anne Hopkins, and while the trip could’ve killed her, she’s retracing her steps later this month. (Live and learn. She’s taking a car this time.) Read about the whole adventure.

Under the bridge – She’s the Canadian choreographer behind your favourite Feist and Carly Rae Jepsen videos (or mine, at least), and earlier this summer, Noémie Lafrance gave Toronto a treat. We head to The Bentway, a unique stretch of park space under the city’s crumbling Gardiner Expressway. That’s where Lafrance debuted Dérives, an outdoor production featuring 50 dancers. Watch highlights from the show and go behind the scenes of its creation.

Fall in love with Saint John – The New Brunswick city is an unusually decent place to see public art. (You’ve scrolled past the new Hula mural on Instagram by now, I trust?) Filmmaker Matthew Brown (a guy who’s contributed a ton of short docs to CBC Arts) knows where to find the best stuff — and there are loads of the usual touristy tips (Food! Sights! More food!) in his guide to the city, too.

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KC Wilcox (@kc.wilcox) – Speaking of Saint John, that’s where KC lives! And we hung out with her at the city’s Tin Can Beach. That’s where she finds the odds and ends (read: litter) that become works of art like this. KC’s big on sculpting discarded objects with rubber latex, which she will explain to you in detail at this handy video link.

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