Entries by Christina Fairley Erickson

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Batik in Barbados

Last week while on vacation in Barbados, I had the pleasure of spending a day with Henderson Reece, learning to batik. “Hendy” is a marvelous artist and teacher. Check out his work on his website at http://www.batikartbarbados.com/ We started with a practice piece.. something to get used to using the tjantin (pronounced chantin), a tool […]

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Advanced Experimental Stitch Certificate

Our exhibition for the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts for Level 3 Advanced Experimental Stitch is now complete.  I say this with a sigh of relief twinged with a bit of sadness.  We’ve been in this course for the last 2 1/2 years… meeting every three months and working on homework just about daily […]

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Preview Party Brings Surprises

Last night I attended the preview party for the 2018 Quilt and Fiber Art Festival in Everett, WA.  With all the wonderful entries in this large International show, I’m awestruck and so humbly honored… I won 4 awards! A Best of Show-Mixed Techniques Award Of Excellence for the show, “In Klimt’s Corral” 3rd place for […]

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Advanced Experimental Stitch Class Exhibition

As many of you know, I have been studying at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts for some time… I believe it’s 8 years now.  I’m just finishing 2 1/2 years in the Level 3 Advanced Experimental Stitch course.  Our class will be exhibiting coursework including assessment items, sketchbooks, presentation books, samples, and historical […]

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Audrey Walker at the Ruthin Craft Centre – Wales

UK Textile Tour Day 9: Audrey Walker at the Ruthin Craft Centre – Wales One week before I was scheduled to leave on my trip, I received my “Embroidery” magazine, the publication from the UK’s Embroiderers’ Guild.  To my surprise, an article highlighted an upcoming exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Northern Wales of Audrey […]

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Orla Kiely at the Fashion and Textile Museum

UK Day 2- London’s Fashion and Textile Museum The last time I visited London, I found this wonderful little gem of a museum in the Southwark neighborhood.  This visit, they are featuring the work of Orla Kiely, one of Ireland and the UK’s most famous fashion designers, a perfect blend after just completing my trip […]

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RSN Animals in Embroidery

UK Tour Day 1- Royal School of Needlework Curator’s Tour I’m a great admirer of England’s RSN and the incredible embroidery pieces produced by their students and tutors.  I’ve had the great fortune to visit them twice in the past, most recently in 2016 for theor Stumpwork and Raised Work exhibit.  So when planning my […]

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The Game of Thrones Tapestry

Day 4 – Game of Thrones Tapestry at the Ulster Museum, Belfast My guilty pleasure… Game of Thrones (well, Fantasy & Science Fiction overall.)  Now, mix that with textile art and I’m in heaven! Before the final episodes of Game of Thrones were filmed, an army of designers, weavers and embroiderers in Northern Ireland was […]