Small Works: A Handmade Future


The exhibition shows a wide range of work by students, alumni, and faculty from the College of the North Atlantic’s Textile & Apparel Design Program, presented in collaboration with Craft @ The Edge (a project of the Craft Council ofNewfoundland and Labrador), College of the North Atlantic, and Union HouseArts. Students from the Textile & Apparel Design Program were challenged to create small works which push the boundaries of craft and demonstrate both strong aesthetic and technical skill. Each participant created a piece to represent their personal understanding, or reaction, to the theme “a handmade future”.

Pieces have been created in two main studio areas: Fabric Design and Surface Design. Techniques include weave, knit, felt, natural dye, embroidery, and surface embellishment.

The exhibition will end with an exciting weekend at UHA, which will include an exhibition tour and public craft workshops on July 3rd and 4th, with a closing reception on July 3rd at 7:00pm.

Special thanks to Susan Furneaux, Stephanie Stoker, Bruno Vinhas, and Jane Walker for their curatorial support and direction.

Participating Students and Alumni:
Gillian Read, Tara Hayes, DeborahLee, Kizito Osuizugbe, Eva Janes-Walsh, Kaitlin Hickey, Kaitlyn Smith, Zemia Taher, Erica Conway, Summer Hartin, Deanna Coombs, Mandeep Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Bansari Patel, Harpinder Kaur, Sarah Crowe, Matthew Woodland, Daisy Taylor, Beck Macleod, Christina Oates, Nedena Motty, Kathleen Murphy, and Emily Taylor.

Participating Instructors and Instructional Assistants:
Stephanie Stoker, Barry Buckle, Susan Furneaux, Sonya Coish, and Jen Cake

Public Programming

Embroidery with Natural Materials with Susan Furneaux

Saturday, July 3 2021,  1-4 pm
Union House Arts, Port Union NL
FREE but limited space available

Spend the afternoon with Susan learning the art of embroidery using locally sourced natural materials. Using basic stitches participants will create a small piece to take home. The ability to thread a needle is all the experience required.

Participants do not need to bring anything, all materials supplied. No previous skill or knowledge required, eight years and up (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration available here [https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/union-house-arts-33180143479]

Off-Loom Weaving with Natural Materials with Stephanie Stoker

Sunday, July 4 2021, 10am-1pm
Union House Arts, Port Union NL
FREE but limited space available

During this morning workshop we will work with natural and found materials to create a lovely handmade tapestry. Participants will learn such weaving techniques as plain weave, fringe, soumak, etc. Make a beautiful piece you will be proud to hang on your wall to brighten a room.

All materials will be provided (participants can bring fibres, twigs, etc. from home if they have specific things they wish to use). No previous skill necessary, eight years and up (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration available here [https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/union-house-arts-33180143479]

Closing Reception

Join us as we celebrate the closing of Small Works: A Handmade Future on Saturday, July 3rd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free but limited space available, please register in advance!  

Registration available here [https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/union-house-arts-33180143479]