In the fall of 2019, we welcomed artist Vita Plume into the AGB studios for a two-week stay through the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency program to learn from and work with the guild artists. During that time, she researched, skill-shared, and extended her practice to learn about the history of the AGB from the people who built it and continue to keep it relevant and moving. Plume’s work explores themes of identity, labour, and craft, through digital weaving.
“The Recognition Series came about because of the people and community spirit I felt during this residency. I came to understand that this arts center was dreamed of, and realized, by a wonderful group of artists, and it continues to serve as a creative learning space for makers. The woven panels are dedicated to the founding members, guild members, staff and volunteers who make this gallery a very special place.
The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency celebrates the remarkable life and art of John Willard and honours the legacy of his career as a fibre artist and teacher. The Residency Fund enables artists to access the AGB textile studios of the Burlington Hooking Craft Guild and Burlington Handweaving and Spinning Guild to develop a new body of work.
The AGB is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Image Credit: Vita Plume, Joan Roland, 2020 Hand woven, cotton 8” x 13.5” Courtesy of the artist
Meet the artists
Vita Plume holds a Masters of Fine Art degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently an Associate Professor Emerita at the College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. She has also taught in the Textiles Studio at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, N.B. and in the Fibres Program of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She has exhibited her weaving throughout Canada as well as in the U.S., Poland, Latvia, Japan, and Finland. She currently resides in Jemseg, New Brunswick, Canada and serves on the board of the Queens County Heritage and is a past president of the Textile Society of America.