Thursday, 27 November 2014

That Storm IV

Line, texture, and sparkle play together in 'That Storm'; a significant happening in March 2011 where hurricance force winds blew across Georgia Strait and over Quadra Island. Many trees blew down and the ocean washed over the land.

Materials and techniques include:  silk and procion dyeing, Hand stamped storm at sea block, various wool and cotton fibres, overlaid with polyester sheer fabrics, heavy stitching to create movement and texture, burning to melt sheer fabrics, oil paintsticks.  

This piece will join the 'On the Wind' travelling exhibition with the Fibre Art Network, starting at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta during Quilt Canada on June 4-6, 2015

Size:  18" x 36"
By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC

Completed November, 2014

Here is a close up where you can see the background dyeing, the stamped block, the fibres, and the stitching:

Island Homestead

This piece was done in response to the Exhibition titled 'Edge of the Forest' by the Canadian Surface Design Association. It was submitted on October 01, 2014 and news of its acceptance was received November 18, 2014. It will travel around starting at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts and then across Canada for two years.

The original sketch for this piece was an old cottage in Quathiaski Cove near the ferry terminal. The cottage sits almost at the water's edge with the north facing forested hillside rising darkly, steeply behind it. The cottage beckons invitingly as a last hint of summer colour glows above in the maple leaves.

Materials and Techniques. 100% cotton fabrics, double layer of 100% cotton batting. The wholecloth piece was enriched with fibres of various kinds and hues. Then several colours of polyester sheer fabrics were laid over top and stitching in black threads completed the design. The piece was heat blasted until the highlights of the sheer fabrics melted away.

Size: 16” x 28”

By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC Canada
PO Box 685
Quathiaski Cove, BC V0P 1N0


By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC
Size: approx 12 ½” x 13 ½”

Here is the 9th teapot in the series, slightly out of order. (I still have 6, 7, and 8 to finish). The theme is 'NINE' and the design is inspired by Japanese laquerware. The original idea was to place nine overlapping flowers on the teapot but I got carried away....and there are a few more than nine, depending on how you count them!

I like the way the green and the grey shimmer together.

Here is a close up:

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tallheo Cannery; Bella Coola

Size:  18” W x 27 ¼” H
By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC

This fall I joined the Fibre Art Network, a group of professional textile artists in Western Canada working to promote textile art.  I am please to announce that this piece was accepted into their Canadiana Exhibit!

For this exhibition artists were asked to explore a sense of place in Canada, “considering its history, environment, the people, culture [including food, outdoor activities, music] and its uniqueness.”  The show opens in January 2015 at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

I love exploring the boundaries of textile art and in this piece I have combined the rich colours of acrylic with the sculptural qualities of a stitched canvas.  In Bella Coola a fishing boat lies forgotten on the shoreline while the Tallheo Cannery finds new life as an Adventure Lodge by the efforts of the next generation of young, energetic Canadians. My niece, co-owner of the Tallheo Cannery, gave me permission to use her photograph for this piece.

The techniques used are wholecloth black cotton stitched in red thread.  Treated with black gesso and painted in acrylics.  Here is a close up: