Curated by Gareth Bate, Nov. 2 - 18, 2012 Common Thread International Exhibition
Curatorial Interview | List of Artists Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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Joshua Creek   Farmlands of Oakville   Farmlands of Oakville   Joshua Creek
Heritage Art Centre           Heritage Art Centre
Installation View   Emily Jan   Installation View   Installation View
    Montreal, Quebec        
Installation View   Ixchel Suarez   Ixchel Suarez   Ixchel Suarez
    Oakville, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario
Ixchel Suarez   Emily Jan   Emily Jan   Emily Jan
Oakville, Ontario   Montreal, Quebec   Montreal, Quebec   Montreal, Quebec
Emily Jan   Emily Jan   Installation View   Jillian MacLachlan
Montreal, Quebec   Montreal, Quebec       Toronto, Ontario
Jillian MacLachlan   Jillian MacLachlan   Libby Hague   Libby Hague
Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario
Libby Hague   Jodi Colella   Marjolein Dallinga   Sarah Martin
Toronto, Ontario   Somerville, Massachusetts   St-Sauveur, Quebec   Liverpool, United Kingdom
Jodi Colella   Leisa Rich   Susan Strachan Johnson   karen darricades
Somerville, Massachusetts   Atlanta, Georgia   Rockwood, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario
Ixchel Suarez   Ixchel Suarez   Ixchel Suarez   Ixchel Suarez
Oakville, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario
Heather Komus   Installation View   Joanne Young   Joanne Young
Winnipeg, Manitoba       Kitchener, Ontario   Kitchener, Ontario
Bettina Matzkuhn   Bettina Matzkuhn   Birgitta Hallberg   Birgitta Hallberg
Vancouver, British Columbia   Vancouver, British Columbia   Copenhagen, Denmark   Copenhagen, Denmark
Installation View   Leisa Rich   Leisa Rich   Robin Laws Field
    Atlanta, Georgia   Atlanta, Georgia   Kingston, Ontario
Leanne Shea Rhem   Leanne Shea Rhem   Sayward Johnson   Sayward Johnson
Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Ottawa, Ontario   Ottawa, Ontario
Lizz Aston   Lizz Aston   Lizz Aston   Sybil Rampen
Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Oakville, Ontario
Carlyn Yandle   Carlyn Yandle   June J. Jacobs.   Chris Motley
Vancouver, British Columbia   Vancouver, British Columbia   Meacham, Saskatchewan   San Francisco, California
Sheila Thompson   Soufïa Bensaïd   Soufïa Bensaïd   Sylvia Naylor
Toronto, Ontario   Montreal, Quebec   Montreal, Quebec   Kingston, Ontario
Liz Menard   Amy Bagshaw   Lotta Helleberg   Lotta Helleberg
Toronto, Ontario   Alliston, Ontario   Charlottesville, Virginia   Charlottesville, Virginia
Ingrid Lincoln   Installation View   Marta Mouka   Pat Hertzberg
Winnipeg, Manitoba       Tweed, Ontario   Mississauga, Ontario
Phillida Hargreaves   Sandra Betts   Valérie d. Walker    
Kingston, Ontario   Saint John, New Brunswick   Montreal, Quebec    
    Sheila Thompson        
    Toronto, Ontario        


Curatorial Statement

De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) was a highly eccentric exhibition evoking the collection of a mad 19th century naturalist. All the artwork dealt with themes of nature, plants and animals. Curator Gareth Bate had observed that environmental work was the most dominant theme in contemporary fibre art. This lush and colourful environment was filled with striking and sometimes bizarre work. The show featured the work of 35 artists from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA. They worked in a huge variety of media. There were installations, sculpture and 2D work. The title of the exhibition was based on the ancient Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists.

Gareth set up the De rerum natura exhibit in opposition to Memento mori his other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition dealt with themes of death, mortality and grief. The work was dark and the polar opposite of the life filled work of De rerum natura. All the Memento mori artwork engaged with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work was actually made of fibre materials. Gareth was exploring the contrast of fibre/life and artificial materials/death.

Download the 2012 Festival Exhibition Brochure.


Common Thread International Exhibitions

The Common Thread International exhibitions are the flagship shows of the World of Threads Festival. Hundreds of artists from around the world submitted bodies of work, installations or individual pieces to the Festival. Multiple curators from various Oakville and Toronto galleries have created exciting exhibitions based on their own unique interests. We bring international contemporary fibre art to Oakville and the Toronto area as well as highlight the strength of our local artists.






Main Installers: Gareth Bate & Jamie Owen. Assistant Installers: Dawne Rudman, Irene Brayne and Lynne Calvert.
Work Installed by Artists: Lizz Aston; Libby Hague; Emily Jan; Jillian MacLachlan aided by Jennifer MacLachlan



Gareth Bate Design



Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada is an old barn that has been turned into a gallery. This was also one of the main exhibition venues in the 2009 festival. Joshua Creek is a vibrant arts complex in the countryside of Oakville. The farmland around the complex is very beautiful. The rustic nature of the venue was perfect for the theme of this show.

Special Thanks to Gallery Liaison Sybil Rampen.