Tuesday, September 19, 2017

upcoming and current exhibitions

First, a few pictures to enjoy from the last exhibition of Fate, Destiny and Self Determination at the Centre D'Action Culturelle de la MRC Papineau that took place in Saint Andre Avelin in Quebec. Thanks to Émilie Laverdière and Catherine Lacroix for all they did to make this exhibition so wonderful, for making me feel welcome, and for their appreciation of the submissions created by all of you. A workshop was also organized and about 15 people were in attendance. 
The team who are helping to set up the exhibition.
In the foreground, Catherine Lacroix, assistant to the director of the gallery, also taking the shape workshop I was leading.

In the foreground on left, Émilie Laverdière, director of the Centre D Action Culturelle de Papineau de la MRC. You can like their Facebook page Centre d'action culturelle de la MRC Papineau

Sarah Belanger, left, and right, Katia Gagnon.

The workshop group.

Mireil Fleurant admiring the installation at the Centre D'Action Culturelle

More views of the installation

Left, Line Dufour, on the right, Krystyna Sadej , who has encouraged many Polish artists to participate in the project. 

Line at Radio Canada, a French language radio . Jhade Montpetit on the right, interviewed me about the project.
For the first few weeks of September, I had visitors. One of them was Kelly Liang, a PhD student researching and writing a book on Fiber Artists, who stayed with me a few days along with her husband. I also drove over one thousand kilometers to help them visit other fiber artist studios in the Toronto area - artists who fit her criteria for research, as well as , of course , a visit Niagara Falls...the largest Falls in the world, they say. Kelly and Monique Lehman were instrumental in bringing the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination project to Shenzhen China for the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial last September 2016.

Kelly Liang with Line in her studio. 

Right - Frances Crowe, left, Line Dufour
Frances Crowe from Ireland also visited with me for a few days and we discussed plans for the upcoming exhibition of Fate, Destiny and Self Determination in Ireland which will be between April 24 and May 8 2018. Workshops are planned and it will be held with their biannual tapestry exhibition, Interconnections. More to come on that in the next newsletter so that you can plan your visit to Ireland and sign up for some workshops. Thanks to Frances for organizing all these events, and I am thankful that she wants the Fate project to be a part of it. 

To date, we now have 616 submissions, from 371 people from 34 countries.  Each exhibition generates more momentum for the project, like a tornado gathering up objects in its path. It's been a very exciting and rewarding experience for all of us. 
Look out for the next ArTapestry exhibiton and their next catalogue .... V. Not only will you be delighted by all the inspiring work and artists featured, hopefully, you will have the privilege of seeing the exhibitions in person. The organizers asked me to write an article about the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation. Hope you have a chance to read it. The first exhibition will be opening in Denmark 2018. For more details go http://www.tapestry.dk/
Which brings us to the events of the next 12 months. September 30 2017 I, and group from Uruguay and some from Chile, will be helping me to set up the installation in Punta del Este as part of the events of the World Textile Art events. The opening for this exhibition will be October 8, 2018. A bus will be taking attendees to the site. Please let me know if you plan on attending the World Textile Art event as I'd love to meet up with you! Message me on Facebook or email me at linedufour.tapestry@gmail.com.  Below is a schedule of the exhibitions and their locations. If its easier , go to their website http://bienal2017.wta-online.org/. Many thanks to Pilar Toban and Silvia Piza Tandleich for the help and encouragement to bring the installation to Uruguay. If you can make a donation to contribute to the expenses of exhibiting the installation in Uruguay, it would be greatly appreciated. I still have not reached my goal, and so far all expenses will not be covered. Please go to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/world-textile-art-uruguay

More details about the exhibitions in Germany have been worked out. 

Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche Mühlenort 6, 49565 Bramsche, Germany http://www.tuchmachermuseum.de/index.phpJune - September 2018I don't have more details than this. 

Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum,  Neumünster, Kleinflecken 1
 24534 Neumünster

Opening Thursday 25, 2018 7 pm to 9 pm. Exhibition will run until the sometime in January 2019. End date not determined.  
 Setting up FD&SD will take place on Tuesday  October 23, Wednesday October 24 and Thursday October 25 until 4 pm. if you would like to help out. 
The weekend preceeding the launch of the exhibiton is a craft event you might want to attend: Webermarkt: Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21 2018

Lastly, discussions are underway for an exhibition in Brasilia, Brasil, thanks to Sandra Cartaxo who urged Luciana de Maya to act on the installation's behalf. Thank you to you both. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 and 2018 exhibitions

Centre D'Action Culturelles de la MRC de Papineau
Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/le sort, le destin et l'auto-determination
July 8 - August 26 2017
Opening reception: July 8  2pm-5pm
3, rue Principale, Saint-Andre-Avelin, Quebec, QC

World Textile Art Biennial 2017
Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/le sort, le destin et l'auto-determination
Opening reception: October 8 2017
Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Ruta 104 - Km. 4/5
El Chorro, Maldonado, Uruguay
Other event details: http://uruguay2017.wta-online.org/about.html

To help pay the expenses of exhibiting in Uruguay donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/world-textile-art-uruguay

Art Gallery of Burlington
Hanging by a Thread
Line Dufour, Lorraine Roy, Kelly Jane Bruton, Carole Baillargeon
November 16 2017-January 14 2018
Opening reception: Novemeber 16 2017
1333 Lakeshore Blvd, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

King House, Boyle County, Roscommon, Ireland
Curatoed by Frances Crowe, April - May 2018

Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche Mühlenort 6, 49565 Bramsche, Germany 
Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/Schicksal, Vorsehung und Selbstbestimmung/
June - September 2018

Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum  Kleinflecken 1, 24534 Neumünster, Germany
Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/Schicksal, Vorsehung und Selbstbestimmung/
October 2018

To donate to upcoming exhibitions go to the GoFundMe link https://www.gofundme.com/b6qq4qwk

Monday, April 24, 2017


Judges of the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial 2016 in front of the installation in Shenzhen China. 

Fate, Destiny and Self Determination is an artist driven initiative, which is the force behind its international success.  Since 2016 it has had 6 exhibition, and more are booked for 2017 and 2018. In 2017 there are 2 exhibitions in Ontario, and one in Montevideo Uruguay. The installation has been invited to be part of the events of the World Textile Art biennial. In 2018 there are two exhibits in Germany and one in Ireland (and perhaps others in the UK as yet unconfirmed). As the installation embarks on the next leg of its journey, I want to take time to thank all of you who have enabled and assisted in making it possible to participate in these past exhibitions of the installation, in one way or another. 


Life has been such a whirlwind that I haven't had time to thank the many people who have contributed to the project. Most importantly,  the co-creators to date are what makes this project the dynamic and exciting project it is. An up-to-date list of participants are always on my website http://www.linedufour.com/fate-destiny-self-determinationyou , which are also the names that appear in each exhibition of the installation.

Craft Ontario, Toronto 2015


The next group of people we need to thank are those that have donated money towards defraying the expenses of exhibiting the installation internationally to date. About 50% of donation money came from artists  in the project, and the remainder from non-participants who chose to support this initiative because they thought the project meritorious.

Co-creator Donors                              
Alex Friedman [] Aliona Carpov  [] Ania Gilmore   [] Anna Chandler  [] Anne Miller []Antje Goldflam  [] Barb Aikman  [] Barbara Heller [] Bernard Ossant  [] Beverly Weaver [] Christine Pradel-Lien  [] Chung Ja Jackson [] Clare Coyle [] Cynthia Miller [] Darlene Haywood Dorothy Clews [] Elaine Duncan [] Elke Otte Hulse [] Emma Jo Webster [] Francois Seguin [] Gabriela Nirino [] Gert Rogers [] Isabelle Magin  [] Janet Austin [] Janet Quilty [] Janette Gross [] Janette Meetze [] Janis Zindel [] Jeanne Llewellyn [] Jennifer Bennet [] Jennifer Stevens [] Juana Sleizer [] Judite Vagners [] Judy Dominic [] Jutta Polomski [] Karen Miller [] Katia Wittock [] Krista Pain [] Krystyna Sadej [] Leisa Rich [] Leonore Johnston [] Letitia Roller [] Liv Pederson [] Lis Baston [] Liz Pulos [] Lori LaBerge [] Maite Tanguy [] Margaret Jones [] Marie-Thumette Brichard [] Merna Strauch [] Micheal Rohde [] Michele Dixon [] Michele Lasker [] Mimma Draga [] Nancy Kramer [] Noella Kyser [] Pat Dozier [] Patricia Jordan [] Patti Wibe [] Pia Skaarer-Nieslon Pilar Tobon [] Rebecca Mezoff [] Rosaleen Rutledge [] Rosemary Horton Anzicek [] Sandra Cartaxo [] Sayward Johnson [] Silvia Piza [] Sofia Verna [] Stephnie Cantoni [] Sue Schwarz [] Sue Weir [] Summer Larson [] Taeyoun Kim [] Tea Okropiridze [] Tiziana Tateo [] Tommye Scanlin [] Tricia Goldberg [] Victoria Stone

Non participant Donors
Anne Vagi [] Beatrice Thorne [] Caroline Castilloux [] Fran Solar [] Cheryl Sheridan [] Elaine Clarfield Gitalis [] Francois Brassard [] Helene Rochette [] Ingrid Fish [] Jane Alderdice [] Jeremy McCormick [] Judith Fielder [] Julia Lee [] Kathleen Morris [] Kathy Lakatos [] Linda Needles [] Linda Wallace [] Lorraine Roy [] Marie Christine Boivin [] Mary Pietropaolo [] Mike Taylor [] Mississauga Guild of Weavers and Spinners [] Momo Murmurs [] Pascal Muzard [] Pat Burns Wendland [] Phyllis Fitzsimmons [] Rejean Arsenault [] Ro Omrow [] Robert O'Brien [] Sandra Nemenyi [] Sasha McInnes [] Suzanne Paquette [] Toronto Guild of Weavers and Spinners [] Wendy Hayden [] Yves  Cote

If you would like to make a donation go to the Go Fund Me Link here: https://www.gofundme.com/b6qq4qwk. 10% is retained by the GoFundMe site. You can also write a check/cheque. Email me if you would prefer this option.
Catalogue with names of participants at the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial 2016 held in Shenzhen, China. 

Initial Support to realizing the project

Ontario Arts Council Conseil des Arts de L'Ontario -  for giving me a grant in 2013 to launch the project.
Susan E. Middleton for assisting me in preparing the warp for the 'public' woven tapestry, and                       Agota Dolinay for assiting with the finishing of two tapestry panels.
Janna Hiemstra, the curator of Craft Ontario in Toronto, Ontario , Canada, who launched the first exhibition of the installation, without which none of the other exhibitions would have happened. Having an exhibition here enabled me to photograph it and circulate the images on the internet and on social media. 

Participating artists who have facilitated, co-curated and /or administered exhibitions of FD&SD in various venues: 

  • Lousie Lemieux Berube organized and arranged for the installation to be exhibited at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles at Galerie Trames. 
  • Aneesha Parrone who arranged, organized and co-curated the installation to be exhibited at Regis University
  • Barbara Heller approached and facilitated the exhibition of the installation at the Craft Council of BC
  • Patricia Jordan and Deborah Corsini and ATA representatives who lobbied on behalf of the installation to be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles as part of the events of the ATA Biennial 11. 
  • Monique Lehman's efforts and constant encouragement brought FD&SD to Shenzhen China for the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial 2016, with thanks also to Kelly Liang and Prof. Lin. 
  • Christa Weitbrecht for approaching Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum Neumünster
     which ended up creating a second exhibition in Germany, as yet unidentified. 
  • Siliva Piza Tandlich,  Pilar Tobon, Maria Ortega for their invitation and efforts to have FD&SD exhibited in Uruguay 2017 in conjunction with the World Textile Art 2017 events. 
  • Frances Crowe for her efforts to have FD&SD go to Ireland and the UK
  • Tommye Scanlin for advising to approach a gallery in Georgia and connecting me to the curator.

Co-creators who have written articles, translated articles for publications or have encouraged more participation in the project: 

  • Aruna Reddy and Emma Jo Webster for BTG magazine. 
  • Ullrikka Mokdad for her translation into Dannish of an article I wrote about the installation, for a Danish textile magazine, Rapporter
  • Krystyna Sadej for encouraging so many Polish artists to submit work to the installation.
  • Rebecca Mezoff and Tommye Scanlin for encouraging their respective students to particiapte in the project. 
  • Joe Lewis for his article in ArTapestry 4. 

All of these people collectively have made the peregrinations of the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation possible. Let's give them a big round of applause! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles ATB11

Le Sort, Destin, et l’auto-determination
Fate, Destiny and Self Determination
Suerte, Destino y Auto-determinación 

at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California January 20 - April 15 2017
As part of the events of the American Tapestry Alliance Bienniale 11

It was a privilege to meet so many of the tapestry weavers I have only hear about and whose work I had never seen in person. Its unfortunate that not all are documented here. From left to right, Suzanne Paquette, Line Dufour, Linda Wallace, and Barbara Heller. 

Left to right, Anet Brugaard, Marie-Thumette Brichard, and far right, Birgitta Hallberg. Anet Brusgaard also gave me a copy of ArTapestry 4, in which Joe Lewis mentioned the project. 

On the left, Ellen Wood Ramsey and right, Rebecca Mezoff. 

On right, Janette Gross. 

On right, Marie Bergstadt who did the eye shape above my head.

On right, Leslie Munro and left, Tricia Goldberg

On right, Mary Lane, Executive Director of the American Tapestry Alliance.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

World of Threads Oakville Ontario Canada 2016

Some of the co-creators and donors Fate, Destiny and Self Determination - from left Krystyna Sadej, Carla Duncan, Juana Sleizer, Mary Pietropaolo, Agota Dolinay, Line Dufour, Mimma Draga, Gert Rogers, Ania Gilmore and Bozenna Lopuszanska-Osucha. 

From left to right - Krystyna Sadej, Debbie Harris, Line Dufour, Melanie Siegel, and Mimma Draga

On the right George-Ann Bowers

On left, Kystyna Sadej and I are pointing to Agata Zielinska-Glowacka's shape.

Friday, September 16, 2016

From Lausanne to Beijing 2016

From Lausanne to Being 2016
Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Photo credit: Marie-Thumette Brichard

Photo credit: Ursula Gerber Singer

Judges of From Lausanne to Beijing in front of the installation

Monique Lehman asked me to speak about the installation at the conference. 

How the installation appeared in the catalogue of the exhibition. 

Here with Monique Lehman in front of her tapestry that was part of separate exhibition for jurors. Being at the event facilitated meeting many of the textile/fibre artists and tapestry weavers whose work I admire. I met some of the people who contributed shapes to the installation such as Monique, Marie-Thumette Brichard, Frances Crowe, Tiziana Tateo and Natalia Svetkova. 

To see more details about this event, go to the Facebook page for the project https://www.facebook.com/Fate-Destiny-and-Self-Determination-An-international-tapestry-project-194385150700425/

To make a donation to the installation to help defray costs of upcoming exhibitions go to