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  • October Meeting
    19:30 -21:30
    2019/10/09

    201 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1B8

    201 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1B8

    This month we welcome James Fowler as our guest speaker.

    He is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching Design and Colour, Fashion History, and Contemporary Fashion at the Toronto Film School and Ryerson University’s Chang School. He has a long history in textile, Fowler tested his skills at Marilyn Brooks, Inc. before setting out on his own, and then spent over a decade as a noted Canadian fashion designer. He joined the Academy of Design and Technology: first as an instructor, then as the first Chair of Fashion, and finally as the Director of their School of Fashion in 2002. Fowler started “TEXTI’LL” in 2005 and has exhibited and sold through numerous group and solo shows in Ontario. He is currently working on several pieces for a future exhibition. 

    Fowler also collects Vintage Ken dolls (1961 – 1966) and has exhibited his collection at the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge and the Markham Museum. He also wrote and produced the show catalogue, “Ken and Me”, in 2016. You can find more of Ken and James at www.jamesfowlervintageken.com.

    He is also an avid fan of Canadian Fashion and its backstory, which he researches, collects, and archives on his web/blog site www.clothingcanadafashion.com.

     

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REGULAR MEETINGS

MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS
If you are interested in spinning or weaving, you are welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings! We do a variety of things together
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street, Toronto, M4X 1B8)

SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN
An open session for spinners and knitters to socialise and work on their own projects. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along!
When: Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm (please check the calendar for current dates)
Where: Simpson House at Riverdale Farm. Entry is via the patio off Winchester Street.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. These are subject to confirmation.

FALL FESTIVALS
See the Guild in action on the second weekend in September at the Riverdale Farm Fall Festival, and at the Cabbagetown Festival too!

FAMILY DAY
Riverdale Farm is a great place to spend Family Day, with lots of fun activities taking place, including weaving and spinning that the whole family can enjoy.

SHEEP CELEBRATION
Riverdale Farm opens its doors with the farm’s popular spring festival where Guild members use the fleece shorn from the farm sheep to demonstrate the old skills needed to make yarn, dye it and weave it into cloth. Come and see sheep shearing, basic wool preparation, spinning and weaving in action!

More information on Riverdale Farm