Thursday, 5 January 2012

Great to be back in the studio

A nice project to ease back into work, this pair of pillows for a stylish client. Mostly linen, pieced with glints of my relief prints and other vintage bits. Reversible, although not intentional. I like to have detail on the back, one always enjoys a surprize. I had fun photographing them ...

but not identical.


 the backs.                                                                                   Happy New Year 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Published in Surface Design Journal - Canadian Perspectives

David Kaye of David Kaye Gallery in Toronto was interviewed in the Fall issue of the American Surface Design Journal titled 'Canadian Perspectives', an issue devoted to a wide range of Canadian textile art and artists.

An image of one of my Handkerchief Series works, Woman with a Heart is featured in the interview as well as the work of William Hodge, Dorothy Caldwell, Sylvia Ptak, Susan Warner Keene, Lizz Aston and Judith Dingle.

To read the article please CLICK HERE!

Woman with a Heart  Valerie Knapp Mixed media: releif print, embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 12.5" x 12.5", 2008

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Open House this weekend—December 3-4, Saturday and Sunday 11-6.

It's wonderful to be hosting an all new show and sale this year with the enticing work of Vivienne Jones, Brad Copping, Sue Rankin (and myself) on Saturday and Sunday, Dec 3 - 4.  I hope we'll see you! 

I've made new zipper bags, cozy up-cycled wool throws for the long winter ahead, fun tea cozies, new linen scarves, handy hand towels, sewing kits, aprons, lavender filled pieces and more cool stuff, just in time for gift giving or to treat yourself!  There's always a range of mixed media pieces on show as well. 

If you haven't been in the neighbourhood recently, Roncesvalles Renewed is complete—new restaurants, shops and cafes have opened.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Opening on Thursday in Ottawa — Angels & Argonauts: Small-scale and Functional Art Exhibition

 See Angelic Trio in Angels & Argonauts: Small-scale & Functional Art Exhibit. 
 Opening Thurs. Nov. 24, continuing until Dec. 31, 2011.  
 L.A. Pai Gallery,  Ottawa

 I've also sent Lisa a selection of my functional textiles including lovely linen towels, sewing kits, zipper 
 bags and cards.                                                        

Angelic Trio — con amore,  ben misurato,  trés rythme.  Embroidery, relief print, DMC thread, linen, vintage sheet music, various papers, acrylic, pins, wood boxes.  Dimensions: 3"w. x 4"h. x 1.4"d. each.  Valerie Knapp©

Monday, 7 November 2011

Upcoming show

I've been so busy in the studio! My friend Gordana has invited me to join her as a guest in her home on the Open Rhodes Studio Tour (Art Show & Sale) on Rhodes Avenue in the east end of Toronto this weekend.

I will be at 704 Rhodes Avenue with artists Gordana Olujic (mixed media) and Bobin Dosic (painting).

I'm donating to the raffle in support of the Red Door and tickets will be available at the tour. More info appears on the invite...

Monday, 12 September 2011

Preparing for the Queen West Art Crawl Art Show & Sale

I'm busy in the studio, aflutter about this show in Trinity Bellwoods Park.  The time and date is Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, 11-6. (I've posted the QWAC in my links.) I've been making new prints and products gearing up for the first outdoor sale I've ever done! I'll be in tent #C78, yes a tent (!)  I will also be showing a range of my textile mixed media work.   Come by!

Printed zippered bags in a range of prints. Lined.

In the making. Small linen drawstring storage bags, 5" x 6". Shirtwaist and Memory Dress prints.

Shot linen scarf with lavender filled sachets in linen.  Frond and Chandelier prints.

Handprinted linens.  Zippered bag, hand towel, lavender sachet and small drawstring bag. Frond, Memory Dress and Silhouette prints.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Recent project installed!

Ode to Archimedes (detail)

Ode to Archimedes. I was ecstatic to install this silk organza embroidered window panel earlier this month, one of two pieces commissioned for a beautiful home in downtown Toronto.

 Ode to Archimedes (detail)