March 11 – April 3, 2011

The first edition of A Handmade Assembly was organized by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and the Owens Art Gallery with the participation of Eyelevel Gallery and featured talks, workshops and projects by Elisabeth Belliveau (Montreal, QC), Jenner-Brooke Berger (Halifax, NS), Carissa Carman (Bloomington, IN), Joanna Close (Halifax, NS), Paula Jean Cowan (Sackville, NB), Mireille Eagan (St. John's, NL), Ray Fenwick (Winnipeg, MB), Kallie Garcia (Sackville, NB), Leah Garnett (Sackville, NB), Robyn Love (Queens, NY), Janet Morton (Guelph, ON), Sarah Quinton (Toronto, ON), Jerry Ropson (Sackville, NB) and Candice Tarnowski (Montreal, QC).

Opening Night Roundtable Disucssion

Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm
Sackville Curling Club

The Roundtable discussion was moderated by Sarah Quinton from the Textile Museum of Canada with artists Elisabeth Belliveau, Ray Fenwick, Robyn Love and Janet Morton.


Artist Talk: Robyn Love

Friday, April 1 10:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

Exhibition: Bona Fide

Opening Reception
Friday, April 1, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Owens Art Gallery

Discussion: Leah Garnett

Saturday, April 2, 10:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

A Conversation with Leah Garnett about crafting activity, studio practice and her interest in craft/utility/practical knowledge.

Book Launch – Ray Fenwick

Saturday, April 2, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre


Goodbye with Mireille Eagan

Sunday, April 3, 11:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

Show & Tell: Jerry Ropson

Friday, April 1, 11:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.

Craft-In with Paula Jean Cowan

Friday, April 1, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

People flooded the gallery for a group craft-in with some snacks and chatting and sharing. In the afternoon spent with Paula Jean Cowan she showed a few slides and spoke about her art practice and about crafting and where she sees the two intersect. This was an informal affair with Paula telling stories and having conversation with the audience about their own experience while everyone worked on their latest projects.

Exhibition: Ray Fenwick's Open Studio & Ambling Eddies members show

Opening Reception
Friday, April 1, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

Discussion: Janet Morton

Friday, April 2, 11:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

A Conversation with Janet Morton about her work and the questions she has since yarn-bombing and the handmade in general hit popular culture. Coffee, snacks and a cozy atmosphere were included.

Project Launch – Jenner-Brooke Berger

Saturday, April 2, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Thunder & Lightning Ltd.

Part of Eyelevel Gallery’s Print Out Loud! Artist Residency.

Embroidery lesson and high-noon tea with Elisabeth Belliveau

Friday, April 1, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

Secrets of stitchery covered the classics from fly stitch to feather stitch and everyone’s favorite the French knot among other gems. The workshop included some high-noon tea action and an inspirational slide show of embroidery from rags to riches.


Introduction to Natural Dyes with Joanna Close

Friday April 1, 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Little Armadillo, Sackville, NB.

Using plants and extracts from fibres such as wool, silk and cotton, workshop participants learned to make natural dye. Household items such as onionskins, tea, marigolds and beet juice were used as dye stuffs. Participants learned how to make light fast colours and dyed a variety of textiles beautiful shades of blue, purple, yellow and more!

MEND / RÉPARER: Candice Tarnowski

Saturday, April 2, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

Participants took time to experiment, innovate and interact with one-another toward taking delight in the process of mending and perhaps applying its principles to other reparations called for in daily life. Techniques included darning, patching, storage and laundering with the intention of assisting participants in getting the last possible ounce of wear out of their clothes and household things. Discussion, demonstrations, slides and finished examples were used.

Project Launch & Artist Talk – Carissa Carman

Sunday, April 3, 10:00am
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre