show time!

It’s finally here- it seems like I have been talking about this show for a very  long time (sorry about that) but all that chat is now a reality!

The show opened  Thursday evening to a wonderful reception- a big thank you to everyone who made it out to the opening and to those who came to the artists talk on Saturday afternoon- it was great to see you all.

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It’s exciting to see your name up in lights- well, actually on the gallery wall in type set, but it is still very exciting!

sanctuary show 025CityScape is a lovely gallery , those big beautiful white walls are a perfect backdrop.

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and we were able to hold the artists talk right there surrounded by our work. It was perfect for  Lynne, Joan and I to chat about the work and where the theme had taken us.

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I am always interested ( and pleased!)  to see how someone else hangs  my work, I really enjoy seeing a different take on the pieces I have been so close to for such a long time. Working with artists who use  media other than textile does give my work a different feel.

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Above is “home”

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and this is “out on a limb” it’s the piece I featured in a blog post a while back…the whole thing is 57 inches wide by 28 inches long, so a bit bigger than it looks.

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and a detail.

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The piece hanging next to Joan’s prints  is called “aerie” and is drawn on cotton organza. It was a bit of a challenge to work on such a sheer fabric but I am really pleased with the results. The wind ( vortexes I was told!) are hand quilted.

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This piece is called ” held together by cobweb” and the little wren who builds his nest in the ferns actually uses cobweb as the building material. Talented little fellow!

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sanctuary show 080To me nests are synonymous with home and the natural next step lead me to homelessness and the costs of housing here in Vancouver- the very, very high cost of housing here.  Which then lead to this quilt,  apologies for the jaunty angle in the image- it really is quite straight.

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sanctuary show 051 - CopyI really enjoyed making these 4 pieces, they are traditional quilt blocks but made using various papers held together with stitch. I used maps of Vancouver, local real estate listings from the newspaper and some of my photo’s of homeless people and the places they call home. There are quotations hand written along the as well.

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Thanks so much for making it to the end of this post, hopefully you haven’t nodded off! There are loads more images from the show and I know the gallery will be posting some pictures of the opening on their website. I’ll let you know when that happens.

Now that’s all done and hanging, it’s on to the next!

Bye for now, Catherine



  1. I am speechless!!!! What an amazing collection of pieces. Thank you for posting all of the close-ups for a really ‘almost there’ viewing – wish I could see them in person. “Aerie” stopped me in my viewing – wow!!

  2. Hi Catherine,
    Congratulations! What lovely work. I loved Home and the last piece with all the writing. Very powerful.
    I hope things are well with you? Are you off the Birmingham in August? I will be there for the first time. Really looking forward to it. My youngest son moved to London about 3 months ago, so that gives me a good excuse to go visit, and as his birthday is a week after Festival of Quilts … bonus! Hope to see you then. In the meantime, I just wanted to say that I love your work, as always but these pieces are stunning. Congrats again.

  3. Wow!! What a show! thank you for sharing the photos with us. I really like your new work. The nests are very inspiring projects as are the small quilt blocks of Vancouver. And the other pieces. A whole new work for quilts.

  4. Thank you so much for posting the pictures of your work and of the gallery. What a beautiful beginning for my day!

  5. What a fantastic show. I really like your new body of work, so much variety but your voice is very recognisable. I would struggle to choose a favourite but i think ‘home’ and ‘aerie are right up there, as well as the 4 small framed pieces.

  6. Continuity with variety. What a nice balance you have achieved, I think my favorite is the pen and ink nest. You do pen and ink exceptionally well. I wish that I could see them all up close and personal but that is not to be. I might be in Vancouver in October, though. Maybe you will have something hanging then.

  7. I was privilaged to have attended this truly fabulous exhibition; Catherine, you contribute aesthetics, insight, romance, and phenomenal skill in your range of material use and applications. Your Brobdingnagian generousity shows through your art – you are always teaching us.

  8. Thank you for posting these photos. It is a marvelous exhibit and I plan to attend again with some friends.

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