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Fibre Art Studio specializing in sculptural fibre works based in Toronto, Ontario. seamworkstoronto@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BARBARA COOK BIOGRAPHY

Barbara, is Toronto artist specializing in textile art works with mixed media components including cottons, linens, silks, threads, papers, plastics, vinyl and wires. Her work highlights the translucence of the textiles she paints or dyes and materials used for custom works including framed pieces and sculptures. Her work flows from experiences in her everyday life, nature and her love of gardening which has spurred many plant, ecological and conservation installations. Most recently her contributions to IHEART foundation events at the Toronto Zoo supporting their conservation efforts.   She has worked with multiple artists on various scales of art and with groups to curate and create art for Nuit Blanche Toronto for the past 11 years.

EXHIBITIONS:
Nuit Blanche TorontoIndependent Project on the grounds of the Spadina Museum, Toronto ON
  •  September 29tht, 2018 ‘W-O-M-A-N: Artist of Heart and SoulCurator and Manager of 13 artists for group One Path project.
  • -  September 30th, 2017 ‘ONE PATH’: Artist of ‘Ephemerality’. Mentor and Manager of 7 artists for group’s project.
  • -  October 1st, 2016 ‘BEYOND’: Artist of ‘Beyond the Yellow Brick Road’, Co-Curator and Manager of 10 artists for group4d2. Sponsored by AVANI. Also constructed Gloria Stein’s River: The Shroud of Buczacz 16’ x 24’. www.gloriasteinartist.com
  • -  October 3rd, 2015 ‘GENESIS MEMORY LANE’: Artist of ‘A Tribute to Vishnu’, Co-Curator of 12 artists for group 4d2. Sponsored by AVANI
  • -  October 4th, 2014 ‘ELEMENTAL’: Artist of ‘Sylph’, Co-Curator of 14 artists for Art Science Collective Canada          
  • -  October 5th, 2013 ‘CONVERGENCE’ Artist of ‘Efforescence’, Co-Curator of 15 artists for Art Science Collective Canada
  • -  September 29th, 2012 ’TRANSFORMATIVE MOTION’: Artist of ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Tree’, Co—Curator and Co-Producer of 14 artists for the Artist Cooperative of Canada
  • -  October, 2011 ‘METAMORPHOSIS’: Artist to ‘The Connector’ and co-producer of event.
  • -  October 2008, 2009 & 2010: Art assistant to artist Gloria Stein (www.Gloria SteinArtist.com) in building and installing her giant art installation projects. Also, assistant in the preparation of the art and grounds for the show’s installations.


Skylight Gallery; Northern District Library, Toronto, ON
    August 2012: Artist, Curator and Producer for: pluriPOTENT   The Wonder of Stem Cells Through Artist's Eyes; group show of the Art Science Collective Canada. Created with producers at the Ontario Science Centre.

Hillcrest Village Fibreworks: www.facebook.com/HillcrestVillageFibreworks/
  • Galleria 814, Toronto ON June 13 to June 27, 2017 - Fragments
  •  Galleria 814, Toronto ON June 14 to June 28, 2016 - Joined by Threads
  •  Galleria 814, Toronto ON from June 2 to 16, 2015 – Gathering
  •  The Studio for Movement Toronto, ON -November 2013
  •   SideSpace Gallery, Toronto ON, June 2011


WORKSHOP LEADER:
  • Burr House, Richmond Hill Ontario 2008- Lecture
  • Town of Richmond Hill Ontario Community Centres, 2001 - 2003 led various quilting/textile workshops
  • Various custom workshops in Southern Ontario and New York City
 CUSTOM WORK INCLUDES:
  • Sheelagh is a textile/ mixed media 122 cm long x 91cm wide Great Indian Rhino statue created for a private sale. 2017
  •  Nandu is a textile/mixed media 122 cm long x 95 cm wide Great Indian Rhino statue created for the Toronto Zoo for auction for their iHeart fund raisers. 2017
  • Tribute to Vishnu is a textile/mixed media 122 cm long x 91 cm wide Great Indian Rhino statue created for the Toronto Zoo for auction for RHINO AWARENESS. It was also part of the group exhibit GENSIS: MEMORY LANE for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015.
  • Under World 2015 – A textile image of the world under the sea. 107cm W x 76cm H x 5cmD
  • Mixed Media/Wire ‘Tree’ Sculpture (created for customer and shown at Nuit Blanche 2012) 244cm tall with branches reaching out 91 cm wide.
  • Canyon 2010 – A Textile image of a canyon and waterfall. 60 cm W x 107cm H x 8cm D
  • Multiple quilts in various sizes
  • Multiple Purses, Handbags and Totes 2000-2005 – sold privately

Other:
  •  Richmond Hill Studio Tour and Sale 2005 through 2008, Richmond Hill, ON
  •  Markham Quilt Guild, Markham, ON - Presentation of Work. September 2009
  • Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild, Richmond Hill, ON, 2008- 2011.
            Member, presenter and sales in guild store.
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  • Participating artist in the Gallery of Pottery and Fine Art in Newmarket, ON 2008 – 2009
  • Grimsby Art Festival Saturday, September 6, 2008, Grimsby ON

  •    IA.K.A Artful Décor (Interior Design) Burlington, ON 1999 – 2002

Monday, October 1, 2018


Nuit Blanche 2018

at Spadina MuseumSeptember 29, 2018

Sunset to Sunrise


Beyond our exterior being, skin colour, body shape, ethnicity and gender is our true selves, conscience, beliefs, and soul; our true essence. This exhibit represents what would be found in one’s closet at the end of the day without the many hats or disguises we wear each and every day.



Dress
This evening dress is created from many miniature female sculptures in various clothing, costumes, body shapes, colour, race, classes, cultures, religions and ethnicities.  These labels are brought together into one item, this dress to represent women.  One item of equity through fields of endeavor, accomplishments and ideals; our lives as human beings.


Head Sculpture
This barren Paper Mâché sculpture represents what we feel inside ourselves as humans. Beyond our makeup, earrings, hair colour and even our style. Who are we but our thoughts and deeds!   


Masks
These MASKS represent the many faces a person may wear in their lifetime and sometimes in just one day. But like anything else, they can be removed and stowed away for another day.




Barbara Cook is a multimedia artist working out of her studio in Toronto. She has been involved in Nuit Blanche on the grounds of the Spadina Museum as artist/curator/manager from 2008 to 2018. Barbara exhibits her art in and around the Toronto area. More recently, she has made sculptural contributions to the Toronto Zoo in support of their conservation efforts.


Maryam Sadrolhefazi, is a Mosaic and Stained Glass Artist, as well as an art instructor and art lover. She is the creator of these MASKS and the other work in mosaic and stained glass in the greenhouse south of this museum house.


Photo by Terry McBurnie





Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 review


ON THE COVER (Oct. 2017): Transitory night

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS
The Annex played host to several installations late last month for Nuit Blanche Toronto. Nine artists contributed to OnePath Toronto, a group exhibition that explored ideas of identity and nationhood through large-scale and interactive installations on the grounds of Spadina Museum. In Ephemerality (above), a multi-media installation founded on the Greek concept of all things being transitory, Barbara Cook asks if our efforts to improve the environmental condition of Canada and the earth ultimately be transitory.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Nuit Blanche 2018

at Spadina MuseumSeptember 29, 2018

Sunset to Sunrise


Beyond our exterior being, skin colour, body shape, ethnicity and gender is our true selves, conscience, beliefs, and soul; our true essence. This exhibit represents what would be found in one’s closet at the end of the day without the many hats or disguises we wear each and every day.



Dress
This evening dress is created from many miniature female sculptures in various clothing, costumes, body shapes, colour, race, classes, cultures, religions and ethnicities.  These labels are brought together into one item, this dress to represent women.  One item of equity through fields of endeavor, accomplishments and ideals; our lives as human beings.


Head Sculpture
This barren Paper Mâché sculpture represents what we feel inside ourselves as humans. Beyond our makeup, earrings, hair colour and even our style. Who are we but our thoughts and deeds!   


Masks
These MASKS represent the many faces a person may wear in their lifetime and sometimes in just one day. But like anything else, they can be removed and stowed away for another day.




Barbara Cook is a multimedia artist working out of her studio in Toronto. She has been involved in Nuit Blanche on the grounds of the Spadina Museum as artist/curator/manager from 2008 to 2018. Barbara exhibits her art in and around the Toronto area. More recently, she has made sculptural contributions to the Toronto Zoo in support of their conservation efforts.


Maryam Sadrolhefazi, is a Mosaic and Stained Glass Artist, as well as an art instructor and art lover. She is the creator of these MASKS and the other work in mosaic and stained glass in the greenhouse south of this museum house.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

THE EPHEMERALITY 
part of OnePath Toronto
on the grounds of the Spadina Museum
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017

The Ephemerality is a multi-media installation founded on the Greek concept of
all things being transitory, existing only briefly. Will our efforts to improve the
environmental condition of Canada, and ultimately the earth, be transitory? This
installation can be seen as capturing an instant in the ever-changing landscape
and environmental state of Canada.