September 1-30, 2017
616 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary.
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017
An informal guided tour begins at 7:30 p.m.
If you have an opportunity to visit the library in September, do be sure to take in this special exhibit!
|Photo: courtesy of Saanich News|
|Wall - Margaret Blank (c) 2017|
Materials: Kona cotton, other commercial fabric
and hand-dyed linen, fabric paint, polyester thread,
poly-cotton batting, embroidery floss.
Techniques: mark-making, stamping,
machine quilting, "big stitch" hand quilting.
|Jennie at LaConner, 2016|
with her piece, Beryl
Currently I live in Burnaby, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. I have lived here for the last 16 years and have fully converted to the west coast life style. I live with my husband and two sons, ages 9 and 6. I was at home with my boys full time until I started working part time this spring at a House Museum called Mackin House in Coquitlam BC.
I grew up in rural Quebec, in a small English language pocket called the Eastern Townships. My family has a dairy and maple syrup farm. Growing up there was idyllic and I am very drawn to nature and have a strong current of ancestral lines running through my work.
My grandmother is a quilter and both my mother and aunt are avid crafters/makers. Growing up around creativity was imperative to my development as an artist. Along with the wanderlust that continues to compel me travel, I attended university in New Brunswick at Mount Allison University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. In my last year of school, I finally realized that I wanted to sew more than paint and that greatly influenced the arc of my work.
I was a member of the Vancouver Quilt Guild for several years but found getting to meetings very hard once my first son was born. It was through the transformation of motherhood that I began developing my quilt work and found the layering of techniques that I use today including photo transfer, painting, embroidery and quilting. Most of my work is done by hand because I prefer the level of intimacy that hand stitch offers. Finding SAQA was a great boost to my sense of community. I think the struggle between the art/craft dichotomy is important to break down in the art community. I see that happening slowly and SAQA is working to make quilts receive their due as objects capable of bridging art and craft perfectly.
I wish to thank Margaret very much for taking on the editing of our SAQA Western Canada blog. And I will be sending out the newsletter each month. You can make sure that you are opted in to receive those emails through your SAQA membership account. To find out more about me, my work, and connect on social media please visit my website www.jenniejohnston.com and I look forward to hearing from each of you about how we can make our region more enriching for everyone.
|Jennie in the Yellow Dining Room|
at the home of Claude Monet, Giverny, France, 2016
|Jennie and company at the Round House|
Community Centre, featuring her installation,
Lifelines, in the Window Gallery - 2013
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|Jennie working in her studio|