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Vickie Newington, SCA
9847 Palistone Road S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2V 3W1

Phone - 403-281-1182
Email -
Vickie@VickieNewington.com
Website - www.vickienewington.com


Biography

I am an experienced and accomplished fibre artist, whose love of creating started as a small child. To this day, my favourite media are glass, fibre and mixed media, as they are versatile and very expressive.

In 2000, I enrolled in the very intense City and Guilds of London Design and Embroidery program, and graduated in 2004 from Part I.  Fibre-based, the course taught me to experiment with different materials
such as Tyvek (a fibrous material that bubbles when heated), tissue paper made stitchable, and Timtex (a very stiff kind of felt) in a contemporary fashion, pushing the limits of what they could do. I cannot help but explore further with fibre. The City and Guilds course gave me the confidence to put my work up where others could see and enjoy it. Since then, I have been very active in various organizations and groups, exhibiting, and selling my work. I joined the Society of Canadian Artists in 2003.

Travelling to other provinces and countries make me realize how much I enjoy architecture, and gardening makes me appreciate Mother Nature. Anything visually textural is interesting to me, it gets me thinking about how I could render it with fabrics and glass.

Today, I work full time as a fibre artist. I exhibit regularly and my work appears in private collections in Canada and the United States.  My dream for the future is to continue growing and learning as I create my art, and share my knowledge with others, which satisfies my soul.


Artist Statement

Working with textiles has been a lifelong pleasure for me, and fusing glass is a new love. I have a passion for trying new techniques and concoctions that can be adapted for my use as a glass and fibre artist. I am fascinated by the richness of layering – the way an image appears and disappears underneath another image that is partially visible - that allows the viewer to make up their own stories about what the images are or what has happened to them.  I approach design in a painterly fashion, being aware of contrasts, leading the viewer’s eye around, and using other “guidelines” of painting.

I  work with lines, form and most especially texture. My new pieces are inspired by the colours and waves of water ruffled by the wind in a Yukon lake, tiny insect holes in the ground, weathered corrugated metal, or the drop-dead gorgeous changing hues of an Aurora Borealis.

After quickly sketching out some ideas, I enlarge the image to use as a pattern. Then I begin the piece by fusing some glass together, using sheet glass for the bulk of the design, and incorporating fine bits of glass called frit to add more colour and texture. Choosing appropriate fabrics to complement the glass, be they smooth or nubbly, shiny or matte, I then apply a “basecoat” of colour. When this layer has dried, I stamp, stencil, or silkscreen to give me an all-important texture, and then the real fun starts with embellishment – beading, stitching by hand or machine, applying other fabrics, or a myriad of other possibilities.  

The most important aspect of a successful piece of art is that it must first and foremost be a good design. Then, it must exhibit skilled craftsmanship, and the techniques used must be appropriate to getting the point of the work across to the viewer. My methods are labour intensive, and sometimes unorthodox, but chosen to work well with my vision, and maintain a high quality of craftsmanship.

Fabric is tactile – it is warm, versatile, and very flexible. Depending on the final look I’m after, I can create a look that is hard and shiny, fuzzy and squishy, or crumbling due to age. Sometimes leaving the edges raw and unfinished makes my work livelier, more spontaneous, with threads at the edges dangling off the piece. Glass is just the opposite - it is hard, shiny, and does not "give" at all. It provides a lovely contrast to the fibre.

The sizes of my pieces vary from miniatures to very large works, and most of them hang on a wall. They are sold in galleries and through commissioned orders.


Curriculum Vitae

SOLO SHOWS

Sechelt Art Gallery, confirmed                                                                            Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada                   2012

Terrace Gallery                                                                                                     Terrace, British Columbia, Canada                  2010

Allied Arts Council Gallery                                                                                   Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

FibreEssence Gallery                                                                                          Vancouver, British Columbia., Canada            2007
Alberta Craft Council                                                                                            Edmonton, Alberta, Canada                              2000


SELECTED JURIED AND CURATED EXHIBITIONS

Western Showcase Silent Auction Stampede                                                 Calgary, Alberta, Canada                                   2011

Women of Fibre, Whyte Museum, Articulation                                                 Banff, Alberta, Canada

Textiles show, Airdrie Library                                                                             Airdrie, Alberta, Canada                                     

3-person show, Jubilee Auditorium                                                                   Calgary, Alberta, Canada                                   2010

International Contemporary Masters,

     Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts                                                        Las Vegas, Nevada, USA     

Women Rock, Articulation, Canadian Quilters' Association                           Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Urban Textures, Articulation, McMullen Gallery                                                Edmonton, Alberta, Canada                              2009

Urban TexturesArticulation,  Mennonite Centre                                              Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Cherry Blossoms, Friends of fibreEssence, fibreEssence Gallery                Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada             2008

Meta Incognita, Articulation, Mary E. Black Gallery                                         Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Changes, Free Spirits, Akokiniskway Gallery                                                  Rosebud, Alberta, Canada                                 2007

Meta Incognita, Articulation, Banff Centre for Performing Arts                       Banff, Alberta, Canada

Fantasy, Grand National, Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery                               Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

A Sense of Place, Society of Canadian Artists, Leighton Art Foundation   Millarville, Alberta, Canada

Changes, Free Spirits, Leighton Art Foundation                                             Millarville, Alberta, Canada

Meta Incognita in conjunction with the Calgary Opera Company,

               Articulation, Jubilee Auditorium                                                          Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Members’ Show, Society of Canadian Artists,

               Art Gallery of Northumberland                                                             Coburg, Ontario, Canada                                   2006

Still Related, 2-woman show, Sidestreet Gallery                                             Wellington, Ontario, Canada

InSeries, Alberta Craft Council                                                                          Travelling, Alberta, Canada

Just For Fun, Focus on Fibre Arts Association                                               Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Changes, Free Spirits, Cityscape                                                                     North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Changes, Free Spirits, McMullen Gallery                                                         Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Related, 2-woman show, Sidestreet Gallery                                                    Wellington, Ontario, Canada                               2005

West Coast Textures, fibreEssence                                                                 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada          

Badlands, Articulation, the Station                                                                    Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Spring Grandeur, Society of Canadian Artists, Gallery on the Grand           Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

All About Alberta, Alberta Craft Council                                                           Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

texture of time, 2-woman show, Alliance Francaise,                                       Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Members' Show, Society of Canadian Artists Juried Exhibition                   Guelph, Ontario, Canada                                    2004

City and Guilds Graduation Exhibition                                                             Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Elemental Inspiration – Out of the Wildfire, Whyte Museum                            Banff, Alberta, Canada

Constructions of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery                              Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Landscapes, Invitational Show, Quilt Museum                               La Conner, Washington U.S.A.

Pan Canadian Quilt Show                                                                                  Hawaii, U.S.A.

New Members’ Show, Society of Canadian Artists, Heliconian Hall            Toronto, Ontario, Canada

City and Guilds of London Show, Cultural Centre Gallery                              Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Fantasy in Fibre, Free Spirits, Bowman Centre                                              Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada                              2003

Appleby Gallery                                                                                                   Oakville, Ontario, Canada                                   2002

Avens Gallery                                                                                                       Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Floral Sunshine - Private Commission                                                            Calgary, Alberta, Canada                                   2007

I See the Sea - Private Commission                                                                Calgary, Alberta, Canada                                   2005

Empty Nest - Best of category, Focus on Fibre Arts                                       Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Barn I - Honorable Mention, Society of Canadian Artists Show                    Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The Healing Tree - Best in Show, Focus on Fibre Arts,                                Edmonton, Alberta, Canada                               2004

Hilltop Town - Private Commission                                                                  East Wallingford, Vermont, U.S.A.                     2002

RESIDENCIES

Ted Harrison Artist Retreat                                                                                 Yukon, Canada                                                    2009

Banff Center                                                                                                         Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Center                                                                                                         Banff, Alberta, Canada                                        2008


ARTICLES AND TELECOMMUNICATION

Meta Incognita Explores Frobisher, by Vickie Newington, Summer Issue, Canadian Quilters’ Association, 2007

Contemporary Calgary Fibre Art by Vickie Newington, Summer Issue, Canadian Quilters’ Association, 2005

Profiles by Chuck Ruff, St Albert Gazette, Alberta, Canada, 2003

Gallery Exhibition Wide-Ranging by Christopher Nash, Stony Plain Reporter, Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada,  2003    

A Woman’s Work is Never Done by Mary-Beth Laviolette, Calgary Herald Interview, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2002

Free Spirits Exhibition, Shaw Television Interview, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2002  

Alberta Winter Games 2000 Calendar, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, 1999


 EDUCATION

City and Guilds Embroidery and Design, under Gail Harker, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2000-2004

Studied painting weekly with David Kitler at the Jon Williams’ Studio, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1997-2000

Independent studies, 1978 to present including Techniques Only with Gail Hunt, Frescoes & Fragments and Raising the Surface with Maggie Grey, Pyrotextiles with Amanda Jones , Surface Embellishment with Glenys Mann, Designing from Nature with Ruth Mc Dowell, and many others.

College of Art and Design, Calgary Alberta, Canada, Foundation Year, 1984

BSc in General Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1973-1977


AFFILIATIONS

Society of Canadian Artists
Alberta Craft Council
Visual Arts Alberta Association   

Articulation
Leighton Art Centre

CAR/FAC

Warm Glass Guild


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