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TMC VOLUNTEERS are very active in their communities as teachers, artists, authors, photographers, craftspersons and more. Let’s get to know each other better… in words and in pictures.

Jennie Wood_Silent Past, Future Fear

Jennie Wood Wins CQA Award

TMC Volunteer JENNIE WOOD’s original piece, Silent Past, Future Fear, was awarded 1st place Excellence for Design Non-Representational Wall Quilt at the Canadian Quilters’ Association 2012 National Juried Show in Halifax.

The quilt was originally created for an exhibition entitled Pentimento by Connections Fibre Artists in Salmon Arm, B.C. The piece is constructed with cottons, silk, upholstery fabric, film, handmade papers, painted lutradur and photo transfers.

Artist Statement

Contour 230’ Series – ‘Silent Past; Future Fear’

Beacon Hill with its iconic crown of trees stands behind Chequers, the Prime Ministers country house, in the heart of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. With a simple and bold profile this ancient hill has a visual aura that is mysterious and mythical. Sadly, the hilltop now has the copse of trees fenced off, access is prohibited and surveillance cameras are installed – presumably a response to the possible threat of terrorism and attack on the Estate below?

It is a great shame that free access to the summit of the hill is no longer possible.

The Contour 230’ series represents the many times that I have viewed the distinctive trees and contoured slopes of Beacon Hill outlined against a changing sky and landscape. This mixed media piece ‘Silent Past; Future Fear’ is part of my response to the restrictions on the hill and those that we now experience in many aspects of our everyday lives.

Sheila Thompson Trees For Justice

Trained as a geographer and ecologist (PhD, geography/ecology, McGill University) who conducted field research in Africa and the Caribbean, SHEILA THOMPSON views the world through many lenses. After spending 21 years working in market intelligence at IBM, Sheila is now a senior market research consultant for global companies. Continue Reading

StrandNews Ixchel Suarez

IXCHEL SUAREZ was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico in 1966. A TMC Volunteer and docent for five years, Ixchel has worked with fibres for more than 30 years including dyeing, weaving, confectioning and printing textiles. Continue Reading

StrandNews Unitarian Banner

Long-time TMC Volunteers LINDA HERON and WENDY OUNPOO recently created banners for the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Linda has been a volunteer in the Museum shop since 1993, while Wendy became a TMC member 20 years ago. Continue Reading

Beverley Baird Lane
BEVERLEY BAIRD LANE is an artist, TMC Volunteer and the member of the Volunteer Association Committee responsible for orienting new Volunteers. Continue Reading

Floral Offering | John Alexander
JOHN ALEXANDER is the manager of the shop at the Textile Museum of Canada and he is an experienced photographer. Continue Reading


DOROTHEA COOK: “GREETINGS to all Textile Museum volunteers who are as crazy for gardens, gardening and all plant life as I.” Continue Reading

YARN BOMBING is the act of reclaiming boring, sterile public spaces by creating colourful knitted, crocheted, woven, macramé etc. covers or cozies out of yarn. Continue Reading

JULIA BRYANT has been a part-time textile artist for as long as she can remember.  Continue Reading

TEMMA GENTLES: “The essence of my art is storytelling. The stories originate in personal experiences, treasured anecdotes of my clients, or the  richness of secular and religious literature.” Continue Reading

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