Julie McIntyre - Canadian Print & Fibre Artist

Hot off the press (though cold to the touch because the ink is still wet), I have these 2 newest pieces from the Petite Stories series framed and at Seymour Art Gallery's, 3...2...1 Art Party fundraiser for $100 each. Opening night is Tuesday October 16 at 7 pm, 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver BC, (in the heart of Deep Cove). Show runs to October 21st 2012.  


I'll be in Toronto for the run of the show, so I can't attend, but I hope Seymour Art Gallery can realize its mandate to: "establish and maintain an active and financially sustainable Art Gallery that will foster excellence and promote interest in the arts."  I hope their plans include paying artist exhibition and reprography fees in the future......

Domestic Landscape 2, Lithography, 3.5" x 3.5", 2012

Rocking 1, Lithography and Collage, 3.5 x 3.5, 2012

Images from a Community Quilt Project with kids, youth and adults from the Ismaili Muslim Council of BC and Tri-City Transitions I facilitate for the The F Word: Exploring Feminism in the 21st Century exhibition at  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port Coquitlam.  The community quilts explore voice, equality and healthy relationships. 




The collaborative series In Wait is inspired by Penelope, wife of Odysseus, who finds herself besieged by suitors during her husband's long absence. In order to avoid making a decision regarding matrimony, she announces she must weave a shroud before she can wed again. Penelope weaves during the day and her maids unravel her work during the night, thus never completing the shroud and allowing her to find a resolution in waiting.

My work often references icons, so the rocking chair was an obvious choice for In Wait.  As a child, I thought of these chairs as old people furniture, preferring the rocking horse for my spirited physical motions to nowhere. Once I had my daughter, the rocking chair was an intimate, soothing envelope where we cuddled, nursed, worried and comforted into asleep. As I drew, painted and sewed the rocking chairs for this series, I felt that it is the external motion of rocking that best portrays who I am while I wait for answers and news. I often feel that I am tethered to the post, waiting for the starter's pistol to go off and give me decisions that will send me into full speed action or quiet repose. However, internally my thoughts never run a straight line back and forth, but loop, circle and knot among themselves. While I was in stables watching horses recently, I recognized a similar anxious energy as the horses kicked, circled and whinnied in their stall, waiting to be led out to perform. Whoa girl, I realized, I should not have put the horse imagery aside! 






I'm opening up my studio to the public during The Drift www.thedrift.ca and culturedays www.culturedays.ca this weekend while I work on this little experimental series.  I'm actually hoping I get a lot of work done, but a whole lot of visiting would be grand too.  Hope you can drop by! 

PS. PS. They'll be nothing to buy, but there should be cookies!

Finished the final 24" squared quilt forTravel Stories on Sunday. The pattern was inspired from memories of my grandmother's dollhouse that I  played with whenever we visited her. The quilt will accompany the Children's Apron and I'm quite satisfied with it. It feels knotty to play with wallpaper scraps knowing that the worse thing a critic can say about your art is that it looks like wallpaper. Now I can reply, "well yes, of course it does".  
Can you see the quilted lines that create furniture outlines?

I'll be  among the interactive Zumba and line dancers at Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port Coquitlam on Saturday August 25 from 1 - 4 PM to demonstrate woodcut printmaking and encourage adults to sign up for my October workshop. Should be a fun event.



Here is the first piece I made in the new studio.  I am trying to finish off the second stage of Travel Stories with the Shopkeeper's Quilt, 4 colour hand printed lithography with assorted paper including foreign currency, 24" x 24" To tell you the truth, I'm not sure I'm happy with it...a somewhat troubling composition...


Three Mondays from August 13 to 27, 2012, from 6 to 9pm

Instructor: Julie McIntyre

$180 for members ($200 for nonmembers)

Malaspina Printmakers Printshop, 1555 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver BC


Tired of grinding stones, the etching process, and the smell of wintergreen? Join Julie McIntyre as she shows how to skip the hard work and get right to the play with pronto plates. Drawn images will be explored as well as four colour digital separations. She'll show you how to modify inks, correct plates, and how to print pronto plates on both litho and intaglio presses. 



Image: Domestic Patterns by Julie McIntyre, 1/1 Pronto Plate Lithography with chine colle, 3.5" x 3.5", 2012.  Owned by Alex Higginson-Rollins.  

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