October 23 – 26, 2013

The third annual A Handmade Assembly, presented by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University, featured workshops, talks and projects by Humberto Duque (Mexico City), Erik Edson (Sackville, NB), Sarah Evans (Sackville, NB), Sean Frey (Toronto, ON), Inga Hansen (Sackville, NB), Yoko Homareda (Nantes, France), Amy Lockhart (Guelph, ON), Robyn Love (Queens, NY), John Murchie (Sackville, NB), Jerry Ropson (Sackville, NB), Seripop (Montreal, QC), Amy Siegel (Toronto, ON), Alicia Steeves (Lunenberg, NS) and Anna Torma (Baie Verte, NB).

Artist Talk: Seripop

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30pm
Owens Art Gallery

Seripop (Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum) presented an artist talk as part of the Visiting Artist Program developed in collaboration between the Mount Allison University Department of Fine Arts, the Owens Art Gallery, and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. This event kicked-off A Handmade Assembly, and was followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion hosted by the sculpture students at Mount Allison University.

Artist Talk - Humberto Duque

Thursday, October 24, 11:00am
Royal Canadian Legion

Humberto Duque was Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre’s Open Studio artist-in-residence at the time of the Assembly. In his line of research he incorporates elements of fiction that navigate through language, music, architecture, and even baseball.

Artist Talk: Robyn Love

Friday, October 25, 10:00am
Royal Canadian Legion

Robyn Love talked about her practice and her recent project Inter/Intra/Indra’s Net as A Handmade Assembly’sonline artist-in-residence.

Workshop: Under the Camera Animation with Amy Lockhart

Friday, October 25, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

Through a short screening of animated films, hands-on demonstrations and instructional hand-outs, students learned how to make jointed paper puppets using instructor Amy Lockhart’s trademark techniques. The workshop focused on drawn and object animation (Cut out paper, beads, feathers, anything that can fit under a camera we’ll animate it!). Lockhart demonstrated how to animate the four types of movement (acceleration, deceleration, constant and erratic) and other basic principles such as "stretch" and "squash" using paper cut outs - these ideas apply to both object and drawn animation. This workshop gave students a firm grasp of basic 'Under The Camera Animation' techniques.

Exhibition: Erik Edson – Believer

Friday, October 25, 2013
Thunder & Lightning Ltd.

Erik Edson lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick. His printmaking and installation work has been exhibited across Canada. Most recently he showed his work in Creature Comforts at Open Studio, Toronto; and at The Tides Institute, Maine. His most recent installation Live on this Planet was a sight specific work for the Music Hall, Sackville.

Workshop: Yoko Homareda - Repetition
A Handmade Study Break

Saturday, October 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Owens Art Gallery

In this workshop motifs were created repetitive drawn images on paper with pen and ink. Participants explored the creation and modulation of their repetitive patterns as they progressed, inspired by repeating motifs in nature, landscapes, design and even knitting. These patterns were used to create folded envelopes, small journals or Japanese book covers.

Catastrophe Crochet

Wednesday, October 23, 9:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

A crochet-a-thon and social gathering hosted by the sculpture students at Mount Allison University to celebrate the launch of this year's Assembly.

Workshop: Embroidery with Anna Torma

Thursday, October 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

In this workshop, Anna Torma talked about her practice as a fibre artist and demonstrated with pictures and hands-on fabric materials how a project usually develops from inspiration to design, execution and final selection. This hands-on workshop showed many details of completing large installation projects for a solo show as well as demonstration and teaching about some basic hand embroidery techniques.

Workshop: Rug Hooking 101 with Alicia Steeves

Friday, October 25, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

This workshop introduced participants to the basics of rug hooking. They were asked to start a design and experiment with a variety of materials and foundational techniques. The participants learned what you need to get started and got to take a frame and handmade booklet home to help them work on their new skill.

Exhibition: Yoko Homareda – Something Out of Nothing

October 25 to December 8, 2013
Owens Art Gallery

I start with one movement, then another. I alter colours, play with time, with pressure, ever so slightly. Each shape, line, and volume attains its own identity. In one movement, I knit a line, a triangle and a square. By repeating my gesture, I multiply the motifs that make up a landscape. And I explore this.
- Yoko Homareda

Presentation: Inga Hansen – Fashion and Textile Conservation

Saturday, October 26, 11:00am
Royal Canadian Legion

Inga Hansen was writing her thesis to complete her graduate program Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice. In this program Hansen studied primarily the conservation of fashion and textile objects. She is the manager at the Keillor House Museum and the St. James Textile Museum in Dorchester, where she currated the exhibition Small Town, Big Fashion: Fashion from Southeastern New Brunswick from the 1860s – 1960s, which opened next at the New Brunswick Museum in late November 2013.

Artist Talk: Amy Lockhart

Thursday, October 24, 10:00am
Royal Canadian Legion

Amy Lockhart screened her animations and showed images of her work, sharing some of the secrets of how her works were made, the art community she is involved with and festivals and events that she has put together. The emphasis was on D.I.Y: her motto being: high ambition - low overhead.


Workshop: Rebound Bookbinding with Sarah Evans

Thursday, October 24, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

This workshop taught three methods of making books with glue and thread, using old books as materials to build new ones.

Workshop: Inter/Intra/Indra's Net with Robyn Love

Friday, October 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

As A Handmade Assembly's online artist-in-residence in October 2013, Robyn Love had created a physical manifestation of her relationships, both in person and online, noting where they intersect and where they never touch. Based on the idea of "Indra's Net" which is an ancient metaphor for our interconnectedness and interdependence, the project is at once universe and highly personal. For this workshop, participants were invited to join the artist in creating a collective web of relationships using yarn, thread, paper and found objects. Participants were asked to reflect on their real life and virtual interactions over the past week as a way of generating material to create in the web.  

Exhibition: Seripop (Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum) – Certainty: Two Times Not Really

October 25 to November 28, 2013
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

In Certainty: Two Times Not Really, Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum consider the space and surfaces of the gallery as a receptacle for a visual response - a vessel that will be both present and formless in the support of the resulting sentence that will be uttered. Reacting to planes and void, Desranleau & Lum used just that - through manipulation of colored papers - to create tension between volume and flatness, mass and fragility, material stress/failure and inertia.

Workshop: Shadow Play with Sean Frey & Amy Siegel

Friday October 25, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sackville Music Hall, Bridge Street

Participants were invited to join Sean and Amy in exploring the possibilities of live performance, video and projection art. They have been making a performative film, set in Rockport, that explores history, memory, magic and death. This workshop was an opportunity to experiment in the creation of a collective performance through the layering of multiple mediums (i.e. live video feeds, overhead projections, shadow puppetry and live painting). As they are creating a spirit world, participants were invited to bring any costumes, musical instruments and props that they saw fit.

Discussion: Are we left with as many as 12 Unanswered Questions?!
with John Murchie & Jerry Ropson

Saturday, October 26, 8:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion

An audio visual exploration of A Handmade Assembly with time for questions, if not answers.