(in)finite: Textile Exhibition

A detail of Trinity by Judy Martin
Sheguiandah, Ontario
24 x 34”
Intuitive hand piecing over multiple foundations, hand applique, hand quilting, re-purposed linen damask, silk, procion dye, cotton threads.

(in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth

May 25 to June 4, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral
Vancouver, BC

View selections from the exhibition.

Article from the Anglican Journal

Article in the NewWestminster Record

Interview with CBC on North by Northwest

Review from the Vancouverist

Article from Burnaby Now

This free exhibition marking the 6oth anniversary of the Anglican Foundation of Canada featured thirty Canadian textile artists and their explorations into the realm of the sacred. The works spanned from new perspectives on centuries-old religious vestments, liturgical items and ritual practices to radical reinterpretations of sacred space and private meditation. The work of these artists offers insight into the significant role cloth plays in the Canadian contemporary spiritual landscape.

Displayed in Christ Church Cathedral’s chancel, the exhibition was organized by Thomas Roach and supported by a curating circle (Debra Sparrow, Salish weaver; Barbara Heller, tapestry weaver; and Angela Clarke, curator) who selected work from submissions from across the country.

An impressive array of traditional and innovative textile media and processes were included: tapestry and jacquard weaving; piecing and quilting; hand and machine stitching; dyeing and printing; embroidery and embellishment. The work reveals that spiritual conversations in textiles are an important means through which Canadian artists seek inspiration both artistically and spiritually.

Whether these artists are challenging their concepts of the unknown and the immensity of the cosmos, or looking inward to engage in private meditations, they find in their work a means to contemplate the world around them, participate in the act of creation, and engage in prayer.

Artists included in the exhibition:
Terry Aske, New Westminster, BC
Karen Brodie, Golden, BC
Linda Coe Vancouver, BC
Penny Connell, Gibsons, BC
Denise de Jose, Tappen, BC
Melanie Delva, Vancouver, BC
Bryony Dunsmore, Nanaimo, BC
Karen Fowler, High River, AB
Murray Gibson, Antigonish, NS
Trish Graham, New Westminster, BC
Elma Harder, Burnaby, BC
Kathy Kinsella, Blind Bay, BC
Judy  Martin, Sheguiandah, ON

Kaija Rautiainen, Vancouver, BC
Hilary  Rice, Stirling, ON
Lorraine Ross, Calgary, AB
Iris Rountree, Winnipeg, MB
Katie Stein Sather, Maple Ridge, BC
Robb Schinnour, Burnaby, BC
Shamina Senaratne, Port Moody, BC
Joan Taylor, Richmond, BC
Maggie Tchir, Nelson, BC
Judy Villett, New Westminster, BC
Sheila Wex, Vancouver, BC
Janet Wheeler, Vancouver, BC

Behind the Exhibition

Anglican Foundation of Canada
The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. To celebrate “60 Years of Generosity,” AFC unveiled a number of commemorative projects and initiatives throughout 2017. (in)finite served to highlight AFC’s generous support of the liturgical arts through its partnership with and stewardship of the Sacred Arts Trust.

Christ Church Anglican Cathedral
An inclusive and diverse community in downtown Vancouver with a motto “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds” the Cathedral has a long history of professional and community based textile and fibre artists alongside a commitment to the visual and performing arts.

Two recent textile based community art projects are on permanent display.

  • Completed in 2014, the 26 Common Threads Indigo Quilts line the parish hall and corridors in the lower level. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the parish, the project engaged 125 artists and community members.
  • The Prayers of the Church Project resulted in a brand new permanent installation of 230 textile panels in the west alcove of the Cathedral. Using largely decommissioned liturgical and related textiles; these printed, stitched and embroidered panels will rotate to mark the seasons of the Church year. 70 members of the community actively participated in the project.