New arts festival slated for downtown Courtenay

Filberg Centre, other locations to be used for 2015 textiles ‘expo’

Submitted

 

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles is an immersion in hand work and contemporary thought related to textiles, bringing together making, materials and meaning.

Charllotte Kwon, of Maiwa fame, provides the opening night Conversation, setting the context for this event within a slow fashion framework.

The Florence Filberg Centre will be the place to plunge into textile sumptuousness, March 27-29, 2015.

Pieces offers a program of presentations, interactions, demos, performance, installations, skill sharing, delectable food, vendors and more.

Pieces will also be scattered throughout Fourth and Fifth streets with gallery, demos and children’s offerings for the public.

Within the Filberg Centre, amidst a backdrop of full spectrum colour and textile heaven, there will be the upstairs ticketed event with making and mending, eating and vending downstairs for the general public to enjoy.

Pieces celebrates the plethora of talented artisans of Vancouver Island and surrounding areas.

Start at the beginning, digging into Vancouver Island’s historical textile stories and fibres, the festival follows the curve of time on the islands, looking at the origin textiles of the early Coast Salish and other Nations.

Special guests

Jan Ross of Emily Carr House will talk about “womanly arts” and how these have been cast into the diminutive.

Kwon and others will lead participants into a Global Conversation, delving into textile dilemmas, as well as what’s in your closet.

Textile author, Leanne Prain, makers, artisans and Swap O Rama Rama will be shaking up the possibilities while delving into how to make meaning with cloth, yarn and other fibres.

There will be opportunities to explore the world of upcycling, remodelling and repurposing with amazing and simple ideas to inspire you.

Come find out what Swam O Rama Rama is all about and how the commuity could start one in the Comox Valley.

There will be a kids’ program going on at the museum and lots of local businesses offering short in-house demonstrations or showcasing textiles.

The festival will close with Endnotes, a conversation on Cloth, Memory and Mourning.

Tickets on sale now

Early bird tickets for the upstairs are now on sale until Decc 31, in time for holiday gift giving.

Find tickets at Uptown Yarns in Courtenay and the Village Yarn Shoppe in Comox.

Berwick, Comox Valley is providing a generous sponsorship for the event.

North Island College International — the major sponsor — is supporting Pieces through the Global Learning Innovation Fund, which offers student involvement with an innovative twist.

Come together in this meeting place for community, expression, diversity, mastery, learning, pleasure, joy, performance, and a   myriad of amazing materials and finished works to explore.

 

Just Posted

Island Health announces addition of 38 beds for seniors care in the Comox Valley

17 beds at Comox Valley hospital; 21 beds at St. Joe’s

VIDEO: North Island Hospital heliport flight testing

Island Health, in conjunction with Helijet, tested the heliports Tuesday as part… Continue reading

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Change of command at HMCS Quadra

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt.-Col.) Allan Dengis assumed command of HMCS Quadra in a… Continue reading

VIDEO: Visual recap of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth, Passenger, Arlo Guthrie among highlights

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Most Read