Exciting things happening that are making me feel happy and thankful….
CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS: MANITOBA ARTIST UNVEILS WOOL BUST OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
Sculpture made entirely out of Canadian wool is designed to raise awareness of the fibre’s natural and sustainable benefits
TORONTO, ON, Thursday, October 22, 2020 – Celebrating 10 years of The Campaign for Wool, Manitoba Artist, Rosemarie Péloquin, has been commissioned by The Campaign for Wool Canada to create the first-ever bust of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales made completely out of Canadian wool.
“The Prince reminds us that only wool provides the ultimate reassurance of sustainability, says Matthew J. Rowe, CEO of The Campaign for Wool Canada. “This project in particular is an opportunity to profile the beauty and versatility of wool grown in Canada as well as the talented Canadians who transform it”.
The original sculpture is hand-needle-felted wool using Rambouillet and Dorset fleece from Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as wool from Merlin, a Wensleydale ram from Spirit Sands Shepherds in Manitoba. The piece stands at 22 in. (56 cm) on a piece of Elm; finished with a Osmo vegetable oil based finish. Mounted on a 5/16 metal threaded rod, it rests on a base of wool felt.
The Campaign for Wool advocates for the use of renewable wool in many areas including fashion, interior design and art. Wool provides the perfect texture to shape and create faces according to Péloquin, who has tried her hand at many other textures while perfecting her craft. “With faces, it feels like their life is happening in your hands as the face/expression changes
with every tug of the needle”, says Rosemarie. “I have the privilege of getting to know them and see their expression change. Sometimes an eyebrow goes up, or they smirk; it feels like having a conversation with them.”
The wool community in Canada is, pun intended, tightly knit – which is how Rosemarie became involved with this project. Working as an artist-in-residence at Custom Woolen Mills in Alberta, Rosemarie connected with Matthew about the unique opportunity to bring awareness to her craft, the versatility of wool in art, and the many wonders of wool.
About The Campaign for Wool in Canada
Initiated by its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, the Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique benefits of wool. The Campaign for Wool debuted globally in 2010 and was personally launched in Canada by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2014. Currently operating in 13 countries, The Campaign for Wool brings together a diverse community of woolgrowers, designers, retailers, manufacturers and artisans from around the world and across Canada. Learn more at: campaignforwool.ca. Connect with the Campaign for Wool Canada on social media @campaignforwoolcanada and learn about their global efforts @campaignforwool
See the short video where Rosemarie talks about the making of the bust HRH The Prince of Wales
FIBER ART NOW
Offering from the series ‘To Have and To Hold‘
An artist collaboration by Rosemarie Péloquin / Debra Frances Plett has been selected into Fiber Art Now’s Felt:Fiber Transformed exhibition 2020.
See the beginnings of our collaborations: One + One is so much more.
Surface Design Association
More good news!! Une autre bonne nouvelle!! Souvenirs d’antan has been accepted to the Surface Design Journal’s Fifth Annual International Exhibition in Print: Devotion: Sewing the Sacred juried by SDA Managing editor Lauren Sinner and Artist and educator Jovencio de la Paz.
Manitoba Rural and Northern
Excited to see my piece – Souvenirs d’antan – juried into the Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show 2020.
Medium: hand needle-felted natural wool with found objects
Artist Statement: Hands comfort and hold and offer hope but, in the current upheaval in the world and our forced isolation, our longing to touch and comfort remains unanswered. We find comfort in memories but is that enough?
My wood and wool sculpture, Esprit Desaulniers, was one of 35 finalists from 530 international entries for Figureworks 2019 (10thannual). It won 4th prize! The exhibition and vernissage was at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts in Ottawa in November 2019.
See my blog and photos of the event
This is the first time presenting my artistic work in the province of Ontario. The Figureworks prize is evaluated by a jury of peer professional artists, curators and arts administrators representing a broad range of media and forms of art.
Celebrating visual art of the human form / Célébrer l’art visuel de la forme humaine
I’m excited to be going to Ottawa for the opening of this exhibit on November 20. My wood and wool sculpture, Esprit Des aulniers, is one of 35 finalists for this prestigious international art prize. Looking forward to meeting the artists and seeing the works.
A STITCH IN TIME
a 21st century look at textile and fabric art that challenges old traditions
The Meeting was named as one of the finalists in the international on-line juried art competition in ArtSceneToday.org . Juror: Carol Naylor, an internationally renowned textile artist, curator and teacher who resides in the UK. I am so pleased to be in the company of so many creative and inspiring fibre artists.
FIBER ART NOW
EMERGING ARTISTS SHOWCASE
My cheerful Rose Alba got me selected for listing in the international Emerging Artists Showcase and will be appearing in the 2017 spring issue of FIBER ART NOW magazine. The final selection of works was curated by Marcia Young, editor-in-chief of Fiber Art Now.
It is certainly an honour to be shown in a premier international magazine for contemporary fiber art & textiles.
FELT::FEUTRE CANADA 2016 CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY FELT EXHIBITION
Rose Alba and Sortons des bois had a road trip out to the Okanagan in September. They were juried in to this beautiful exhibition at the felt::feutre Canada symposium. What a treat for this nice couple! The felt::feutre community is brought together by a dedicated, professional group of people who aim to ‘unite, inform and inspire Canadian felt makers while building a national identity around feltmaking and increase the profile of Canadian felt makers around the world’. So thankful for their good work.
Esprit d’aulne – magnifique!