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The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1979

The Ontario College of Art, Honours Graduate, 1981-85

University of Guelph, B.A., Specialization Fine Arts, 1991

University of Toronto, Faculty of Education, B. Ed., 1992

Humber School for Writers, 2029

University of Gloucestershire, MA Creative Writing and Critical Thinking, 2022


Fondazione della arte Seta Lisio, Florence Italy. Jacquard weaving. 2013, 2015

Centre contemporains textiles de Montreal, Jacquard weaving 2014, 2016

John Willard Residency, Art Gallery of Burlington, 2018-2019


Exhibitions/Group and Solo

World Textile Art, Miami, 2022

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, Ontario, Canada 2022

11th From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial, Tsinghua University, China, 2020

Interconnections, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 2020

La Magie des Fils, La Sarre, Québec, 2020

Woven By Hand, Galerie Montcalm, QC, 2019

Worn Worlds, Art Gallery of Burlington, 2019

Tuch & Technik Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany. 2019
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, ReCollection & Steel Collection. Two person exhibition with Barb Hunt, Almonte, Ontario. 2018
In A Different Voice: Fiber Art In A Care Narrative, Visual Art Center, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche Mühlenort 6, 49565 Bramsche, Germany 2018

Re-Collection, Art Gallery of Burlington for their exhibition Holding by a Thread, 2017

World Textile Art, Fundación Pablo Atchugarry, Punta del Este, Uruguay, 2017

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California USA. 2017

World of Threads, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. 2016

9th From Lausanne to Beijing Bienale, Shenzhen, China. 2016

Subtle Technologies mobile studio tour, May 2016

Craft Council of British Columbia, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination, March-May 2016

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California, USA. Fiber Art VII,  October 2015

Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination  August 2015

Trames, Centre de Textiles Contemporain de Montreal, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination,February 2015

The Art is the Cloth, New Hampshire Institute of Art, October 2014

Craft Ontario, Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination/le sort, le destin et l’auto-determinatin, Sept 2014

World of Threads, Oakville, November 2012

Wool Art, Italian Craft Council, Parma, Italy April 2012

Wholeness, Solo exhibition, Gibson Centre for Community, Arts and Culture, Alliston, Ontario, Sep 2011

American Textile Museum in Lowell Massachusetts, Jan – May 2011

Eider Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska. Sept – Nov 2010

Ontario Craft Council, Ontario Craft ’09, Toronto

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky, Sept 2008

Scarfone Gallery, University of Tampa, June 2008

Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario, Encounters & Departures, March – April 2008

Ontario Craft Council, Ontario Craft ’07, November 13 – December 31 2007

Burlington Art Centre, In the Making: Contemporary Canadian Tapestries: tapestries by Marcel Marois, Jane Kidd, 

                Barbara Heller, Sondra MacLeod and Line Dufour July – Sept 2007

John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Journeys, July 2002

Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Journeys, June 2002

MacDonald Stewart Art Gallery, Guelph 2002,  April - July 2002

Art Gallery of Mississauga, Juried Craft Exhibition, May 1996

Wellington County Museum, Insights, August 1993 & 1994

MacDonald Stewart Art Centre,  Threading Through Wellington, 1990

John B. Aird Gallery, Collage: Experience Images, Toronto, Jan 1990

Region of Peel Art Gallery, Peel Heritage Complex, Collage: Experience Images, Nov 1989

Hamilton Spectator Gallery, Collage: Experience Images, Hamilton, Sept 1989

Museum for Textiles, High Touch (Sufacing), Toronto, Nov 1989

Ruth Schuer Gallery, Wildlife in Tapestry, New York, Jan 1989

Whitewater Gallery, Beyond Craft, North Bay, Nov 1988

Economic Summit, Offices of the Heads of State, Toronto, June 1988

St. Lawrence Centre, Tapestry Makers, Toronto, Mar 1987

Etobicoke Civic Centre, Tapestry Makers, Feb 1987

North York Arts Council, Tapestry Makers, Feb 1987

Homer Watson Gallery, Convergence '86, Sept 1986

McGill Club Art Gallery, Tapestry Makers, Toronto, Aug 1986

Simpson House, Convergence '86, Toronto, July 1986

Ontario College of Art, Eclectic Expressions, Toronto, 1986

Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Jan 19



                              Presentation/speaking engagements/jurying/articles/employment

1985                       Ministry of Culture and Communications, Ontario bilingual administrative assistant

1986-87                  Association of National Non-profit Artist Run Centres, bilingual administrative assistant

1989                       Toronto Handweavers and Spinners, presentation

1995                        "Tapestry Trends" - 5 Counties Seminar, Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners

1997                       Toronto Handweavers and Spinners

                               Etobicoke Guild of Weavers and Spinners

2003                       Kitchener Guild of Weavers & Spinners, History of tapestry

2004                       Ontario Arts Council, juror

2007                       Burlington Art Centre, Presentation about my tapestry work

2011                       Presentation/talk, Burr House Guild of Weavers and Spinners

2011                       Presentation/talk, Nottawasaga Handweavers & Spinners

2011                       Community Threads tapestries collaboration with Nottawasaga Handweavers & Spinners, Alliston, On

2011                       Burlington Art Centre, juror

2011                       Ontario Arts Council, juror

2012                       Book review, Tapestry book, Joanne Siroka, for Fibre Focus magazine.

2013                       American tapestry Alliance: articles about the Community Threads projects and three dimensional tapestry

2013                       Handwoven magazine,  Theo Moorman technique and project

2013                       Toronto Handweavers and Spinners, “Fondazione arte della Seta Lisio”, presentation

2013                       Appraisal of tapestry:

                               Marie O’Mahony, Professor of Advanced Fashion + Textiles, OCADU

                               Leslie Fink, Art Appraiser, Toronto

2013                        The Woven Path: Pat Burns-Wendland, Fibre Focus 2013

2013                        “Inspiring Textile Innovation: Erin Lewis, visionary” Fibre Focus, Winter 2013

2013                        Article on the Community Threads tapestry project, Canadian Tapestry Network, Fibre Focus, American Tapestry                                                                                        Alliance

2014                        Book review: The Thread’s Course in Tapestry. Mette Lise Rössing, Fibre Focus

2014                        Hand/Eye magazine: Fate, Destiny and Self Determaintion

2014                        The Woven Path: Nieves Carrasco, Fibre Focus, October 2014

2015                        The Woven Path: Inge Dam, Fibre Focus, June 2015

2016                        The Woven Path: Sayward Johnson, Fibre Focus, Jan 2016

2016                        The Woven Path: Joanna Schleimer, Fibre Focus, 2016

2016                        The Woven Path: Thoma Ewen, Fibre Focus, 2016

2015                        The Woven Path: Jette Vandermeiden, Fibre Focus 2017

2017                        The Woven Path: William Hodge, Fibre Focus 2017

2017                        The Woven Path: Lucy Slykerman, Fibre Focus 2017

2017                        The Woven Path: Dianne Kennedy-Cruttenden, Fibre Focus 2017

2017                        The Woven Path: Krystyna Sadej, Fibre Focus 2017

                               Teaching Experience

1989                        Brown Public School, Toronto, one day workshop, design elements and batik,

1990                        Cliffwood Public School, North York, (CAIS) 10 day design and weaving workshop, grades 4-6

1990                        Wellington Board of Education, After School program, grades 1-6, mutli media

1990                        Ecole George Etienne Cartier, one day tie dye workshop, grades 1-3

1990, 1991              North York Board of Education, Faywood Arts Centre, a one month multi-media


1990                        Canadian Heritage School, Toronto (CAIS), 10 day multi-media workshop

1990                        Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, 5 day body adornments workshop, Grade 10

1991                        Faywood Public School, 12 day multi media workshop, 110 kindergarten students

1991                        MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, one day multi media workshops

1992-3                     Monsignor Doyle Secondary School, Cambridge, high school art teacher

1993                        Canadore College, Artsperience, Colour theory and application (adults)

1993-6                     St. Mary's High School, Kitchener, high school art teacher

2003-2004               Sir Sanford Fleming College, Haliburton Campus, Miniature tapestry & design

2004                        Burlington Guild of Weavers & Spinners, color & miniature tapestry workshop

2008                        Nottawasaga Guild of Weavers & Spinners, Tapestry Workshop

2009                        OHS Conference, Fibres Unleashed, Creativity Workshop, May 2009

2011                        Georgian College, Tapestry Unit, OHS

2011                        Niagara Guild of Weavers and Spinners, workshops on creativity and designing for weaving

2014                        Miniature Tapestry Workshop, The Creativity Conference/Elementary Teachers Federation

1996-2016              Toronto Weaving School, Fabric and tapestry weaving.



Ontario Arts Council: Project Grant, Re-Collection, 2016

Ontario Arts Council: Project Grant, Matrix 2015

Ontario Arts Council: Project Grant – Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination/le sort, le destin et l’auto-determination: an International tapestry installation project, 2013

Ontario Arts Council: Artist in the Community. Community Threads tapestries project, 2011

Ontario Arts Council: Individual Project Grant, February 2010

Ontario Arts Council: Individual Craft Grant, June 1989, Jan 2002

Ontario Arts Council: Creative Artists in the Schools: May 1991, Sept 1990, Jan 1990

Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grants: July 2002, Oct 1989, Nov 1988, Sep 2011

Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation Scholarship, Feb 1990



ArTapestry 5, 2017

Fiber Art Now, June 2015

British Tapestry Group, (England) Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination, November 2014, Aruna Ready.

British Tapestry Group (Scotland), Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination, November 2014, Emma Jo Webster.

HandEye magazine,

New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Art of the Cloth, 2014

American Tapestry Alliance Bienniale 2008, 2010

The Hamilton Spectator,  Art Matters, Regina Haggo,  August 28, 2007 “Hanging by a Thread”

The Guelph Mercury, Arts & Leisure section, " Tapestry artist's work earns title of 'contemporary master' in    

                book" , Deborah Davis, Studio Space column, September 26, 2002

The Hamilton Spectator,  Art Matters, Regina Haggo, June 20 2002

National Post, Arts & Life section, Jeannie Maxwell, August 23 1999, "Weaving a Labour of Love"

Tapestry, M. Philips, Phaidon Press, co. 1995, "Contemporary Masters" chapter, pg. 188

Southwest Art Magazine, "Wildlife in Tapestry", Arlene Gawne, September 1989, pp70-73

Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, "Wildlife", Arlene Gawne, 1990, Vol XXI, Issue 81

Surfacing, "Threading through Wellington: A fibre survey" by Nancy-Lou Patterson, 1990


Private Collections / commissions

Carina Van Heyst, Toronto

Emily Martinello, Guelph

John and Ann Galbraith, Oshawa

Robert and Ingrid Dupuis, Toronto

Timothy and Sharon Salomma, Toronto

Kathryn Randle, Ottawa

Sophie Andrikopoulos, Toronto

Arthur Erickson, Vancouver

Christine Audet, Stratford

Elsie Fish, Medicine Hat

Freda Kurin, Toronto

Nina Raby, Guelph

Dr. Barrie Bennet, Toronto

Miriam Grassby, Montreal

Dr. James Brown, Guelph

Dr. Wayne Callaghan, Windsor

Lyle Satok and Shawn Patt, Toronto

Jane Alderdice, Toronto

Susan T. Eluard, Buffalo, New York

Krista Pain, Oro Station, Ontario

Bruce Buchanan, Toronto, Ontario

Elaine and Abe Gitalis, Toronto, Ontario

Rita Smith Lemaire, Paris, France

Dr. Vytas Velyvis, Markham, Ontario

Noella Kyser, Toronto, Ontario

Chantal Cote and Eric Dery, Gatineau, Ontario, Canada

Michael Devoy and Grace Da Silva, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Corporate collections / commissions­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Co-operators, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Algoal Corporation, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Toronto District School Board, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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