The Town of Sackville is pleased to announce that Andrew Wilson is the 2019 Waterfowl Park Artist-in-Residence. Wilson has a qualification from City & Guilds in London in quilting and textile design which allows him to teach textile based techniques but also informs his artistic work, work that takes up traditional practices with an interest in exploring their contemporary expression. He has also taken painting and drawing courses and has been working with various artistic mediums for most of his life (paper, paint and fabric being the primary choices). Wilson’s project “Needles and Threads: Stitching together Sackville’s Stories” will look at how the Sackville Waterfowl Park is the geographical heart—and for some the emotional heart—of the town of Sackville. This project will seek to explore the centrality of this significant location via the medium of the fibre and fabric arts.
As part of his project Wilson will be offering two free workshops. The first workshop on Block Design is intended for young peoples ages 7 to 14, and it will be held July 27 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Sackville Visitor Information Centre at 34 Mallard Dr. Participants will have the opportunity to create simple hand sewn blocks using fabric dyed using plants from the waterfowl park. A design wall will be set up in the visitors centre for participants to place their finished blocks and consider different arrangements and configurations for the final quilt.
The second workshop will be a Quilting Bee for all ages. It will be presented August 17 from 9 am to 12 noon also at the Visitor Information Centre. This workshop will be based on the traditional “quilting bee” and will involve hand sewing into the quilt sandwich (i.e. the actual quilting) in ways that continue to inscribe and embroider into the quilt the stories, identities and many hands that come together in the quilting process—much like the waterfowl park, as a micro-environment, involves the coming together of various kinds of communities (i.e. plants, animals, the people of the town and its many visitors). The quilt frame will be set up at the visitors’ centre where people can drop in and contribute to the quilting or happen upon it if they are passing through.
In addition to the sampler quilt, this residency will involve a number of installations set up in the waterfowl park to mark various stages of the process. These installations will be useful as signals to the community of the project that is underway and will help draw people to the visitor centre for further conversation and interaction. Visitors will be directed back to the internship project via these installations through simple labels and messaging and so will have further opportunities to connect with the larger project. The final exhibition of the work will include the large “sampler quilt” (which will be created as a wall hanging) along with some of the items created for the waterfowl park. The final exhibition will be held at the end of the first week of September.