Fibre Arts Exhibition

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Neruda Arts Studio

8 Spring Street

St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0

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PRIVATE VIEWING: Art will be displayed in our gallery until the end of July 2022. Private viewings of this exhibition can be arranged. Please contact Isabel at ‭(519) 502-9677‬ to book an appointment.

Neruda Arts Gallery features the works of three talented fibre artists: Francisca Moreno, Elsa Brigden & Jocelyne Sobeski. July 6-31, 2022

About this event

We invite you to the opening event of our Fibre Arts exhibition on July 6, 2022, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

On exhibition during the month of July are the stunning and creative works of three talented fibre artists: Francisca Moreno, from Chile, and Elsa Brigden and Jocelyne Sobeski, both well known locally.

Opening night musical guest is Chilean Chinchinera, Olga Carrasco.

This is a free event. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Desserts, coffee and softdrinks served. Please register to RSVP.

See note below regarding the location of Neruda Arts Studio

PRIVATE VIEWING: Art will be displayed in our gallery until the end of July. Private viewings of this exhibition can be arranged. Please contact Isabel at ‭(519) 502-9677‬ to book an appointment.

Francisca Moreno

Francisca Moreno Bustamante, Bachelor of Education and Professor of Visual Arts at the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences, UMCE, Santiago de Chile; Diploma in Aesthetics and Digital Photography Technique from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

She lived on the Big Island of Chiloé, where in addition to teaching, she investigates the crafts of the area using natural fibers in her work. She specializes in a self-taught way in the needle felting technique, in the area of two-dimensional painting.

Francesca has participated in various national and international exhibitions:

  • World Art Dubai Art Fair, United Arab Emirates. 2022.
  • “Violeta para todos” exhibition, organized by Aldea del Encuentro, Santiago de Chile. 2019
  • Photographic Exhibition "Reflections", Gabriela Mistral Museum of Education, Santiago de Chile, 2012.
  • Exhibition Labyrinths of Love and Eroticism, Nemesio Antunez Gallery, Santiago de Chile. 2011

Being a teacher guides me to a democratization of the arts at a social level.

I firmly believe that "art" should be for everyone, in all spaces and times, and it is we, the artists and artisans, who must keep this interest alive. I believe that art changes the world, and showing it helps.

Using natural fibers enhances in the other the interest in knowing the material and the technique, and it is there, where I use this hook to rediscover the image already seen, its context, characters... I make reinterpretations of famous works, in order to show to the other that observing, feeling, rediscovering the dynamic of what already exists can be an option to re-enchant oneself with art; It is also the invitation to live an integral experience between textures, smells, colors, rain and landscapes of southern Chile through the material and the artistic."

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Elsa Brigden

Elsa Brigden Elliott has been designing and weaving for over 40 years. In 1980 she co-founded the Silo Weavers in St Jacobs, a venue for her own work as well as other fibre artists and crafts people. From 1986 to 2020 she participated twice yearly in the One of a Kind Craft Show in Toronto. Elsa has been active with the K-W Spinners and Weavers Guild since 1976. She hosted the Contemporary Show for the St Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Art Festival from 1996 to 2020, and was board member of the committee.

Elsa's interest in textiles was sparked while living in Mexico in her early teens. After studying Anthropology and Archaeology at U of T she shifted to weaving, studying with Robert Cawood in Toronto in the early 1970's. What started as a strong interest developed into a career. Love of travel, colour and texture is still a part of her life.

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Jocelyne Sobeski

My informal education started when I was about 6. I have always been surrounded by fabrics which I loved to play with. My mother sewed most of her own clothing, as well as mine. She even re-made clothes for me from some of her own clothes (I went trick or treating in her wedding gown that she dyed and remade for me). She learned to sew from her mother who also sewed for other people during the depression. They also loved to quilt and sew clothing from left over sewing bits. Similarly, I followed suit, as I made complete wardrobes for my dolls and eventually for me.

I now have a degree in Fine Arts, and in Clothing and Textiles, and my life is pretty much the same. I have worked in many capacities, all associated with fabric and clothing design.... including sewing for the Baroness Couturier in Yorkville(my 1st job), Costume Designer at the University of Waterloo, teacher Interpreter at Joseph Schneider Haus, and designing a line of children’s clothing. I am now happily retired and work full time on whatever inspires me at the time.

Most of my work is done using very slow stitching such as hand embroidery and freeform hand stitches. I mostly use recycled fabrics including shear, antique clothing, and antique household linens. I hand dye a lot of my fabric and am fascinated by the results from experimenting with new echo dyeing techniques.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my work, and I hope that a few pieces talk to you.

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How to find Neruda Arts Studio

Our address is 8 Spring Street, but our entrance is located at the back of the building and is accessed from the parking lot located off Albert Street West, between the St Jacobs Playhouse Theatre and Hamel Brooms.

Parking: Please note that parking is not permitted in the St Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre parking lot. There is on-street parking on King Street, plenty of free parking at the large public parking lot at the corner of Albert St East and Water St.

Public Transportation: Grand River Transit bus stop is just one block away at King and Front Streets. The route is #21 from Conestoga Mall to Elmira.

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