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Kate Jackson is a visual artist based in Canada. She recently finished a 3 year artist residency at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Her work has been shown at numerous galleries across Canada and internationally and is part of many private collections. Jackson has received awards for her work including The Artist Project Untapped Award 2009, The Helen Frances Gregor Scholarship -2008, OCC Scholarship-2008, and Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Best in Show - 2007. Jackson studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the Material Art and Design Program (1999-2006) and also the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1999). She lived and worked at The Banff Centre from 2009 to 2011 and now calls Toronto her home city.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Silence Doesn't Paint The Depth...

Hand embroidered cheerios
Kate Jackson 2013

I'm very excited about the new work I've been making and its time to go public with it, which also has me feeling a little bit nervous. I've been developing a technique called fragile embroidery, which involves finding ways to embroider on things that are often too delicate to withstand needle and thread.  I'll be exhibiting it in my first solo show in April 2013 at Studio Huddle in Toronto Ontario.  The show is titled Silence Doesn't Paint The Depth Of Quiet In That Room. You can read more about the show here.    The countdown is on as I only have two weeks to finish before most of the work is sent to the framers.  Here are photos of some of the work in progress:

 Hand embroidered cheerios
Kate Jackson 2013

Pink - Hand embroidered paper towel
Kate Jackson 2013

Blue - Hand embroidered paper towel
Kate Jackson 2013

Thursday, February 10, 2011

wish you were here

Living in Banff is like living in a plastic snow globe that is perched on the windowsill of a trailer home just outside of Disney World.  Perfectly infiltrating glorious nature is a long road of souvenir stores and post card sentiments.  Inspired by such a relationship, I made this work as a message to my friends and family. 
wish you were here, hand embroidery on paper bag from a Banff souvenir shop, 2011

The Banff Indian Trading Post is the closest souvenir shop to my house.  Its also my favorite.  I donated this work to the Textile Museum of Canada Shadowbox 2011 Silent Auction   

wish you were here, 2011, detail

Sunday, January 17, 2010

CV - Kate Jackson


2006 -09 - Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio, Artist Residency, Textile Studio

2006 - Ontario College of Art and Design, Material Art and Design Program

1999 - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Foundation Studies Program

1997 - George Brown College, Assaulted Women’s + Children’s Counselor + Advocate Program


2013 - Craft  Project Creation and Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2012 - Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2009 - Untapped Artist Award, The Artist Project

2008 - Helen Frances Gregor Scholarship, Ontario Crafts Council

         - OCC Scholarship, Ontario Crafts Council

2007 - Best of Show, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

         - Best Decorative Arts Award (tied with David Thai), TOAE

2006 - Fibre Award – Honorable Mention, David Kaye Gallery, TOAE

         - Friends of Fibre Award, Ontario College of Art and Design

         - Ellen Adams Scholarship, Ontario College of Art and Design

2004 - D. Kristjanson/Purchase Award, Ontario College of Art and Design


2013 - Silence Doesn't Paint the Depth of Quiet in That Room, Studio Huddle, Toronto

2010 - Art of Craft, Museum of Vancouver, British Columbia

2009 - Unity & Diversity, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea

2008 - Fibreworks 08, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge

         - Mores Revealed, Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

         - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square

         - Update, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
           (remounted at Gallery 990 OCC, Toronto ON)

         - Best of 2007, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

2007 - Shadowbox Silent Auction, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

         - New Artists, The Guild Shop, Toronto

         - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square

         - Last Night I Dreamt I Was..., (collaboration with Suzanne Carlsen), Harbourfront Centre

         - Small Talk, OCAD and travelling

         - Five, Group Show, Durham Art Gallery, Town of Durham

         - Best of 2006, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

2006 - Shadowbox Silent Auction, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

         - Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

         - NEXT, Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

         - Queen West Arts Crawl, Toronto

         - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square

         - Out of the Madness, Group Show, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

         - Annual Student Exhibition, OCAD, Toronto

2004 - Social Somatic, Group Show, OCAD Gallery, Toronto

2003 - The Sew Sew Group Show, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto


2009 - Fragile Embroidery Workshop, CICB, Cheongju, South Korea

2009 - Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Ontario College of Art and Design

         - Artist Talk, Ontario Craft Council

2008 - Viva Voce, Harbourfront Centre


2008 - Artist Educator, Luminato Festival

         - Textile Instructor, Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio

2007 - Teacher, Craft Education Workshops, Harbourfront Centre

2003 - Art Teacher, Toronto Parks and Recreation

early work - my soldiers

During my final year in the Material Art and Design program at OCAD (ontario college of art and design) I made a series of work titled: My Soldiers.  I was concerned with my actions as a consumer and how my lifestyle contributed to war-making and military actions around the world.  I was also influenced by Gulliver's Travels and the symbolism of size. 
The following quilts are approx. 8 feet long.  I used bleach to draw the main figure and machine embroidery to stitch the swirling soldiers into the quilts.

During my final show at school, along with the quilts, I showed 2 stuffed soldiers which were almost 7 feet tall.  They were meant to resemble both pillows and punching bags.  The drawings of the soldiers were done with machine embroidery.  (i do machine embroidery with a standard sewing machine and push the fabric by hand to guide the stitching where i want it to go.)

This is a detail of the hand and gun of the soldier on the left.

Immediately following school I was a participant at the 2006 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.  I made some smaller work to display along with my thesis work.  I had become so saddened by the reasoning behind my work that I began to dream of a world using soldiers and weaponry as tools of love.  I wanted soldiers to love and make love.  I wanted their guns to blow bubbles, grow flowers and give out love.  I became obsessed with the idea

For the following year I was very much in love with flourescents and bright colours.   I made this work  to show at Harbourfront Centre.  It was meant to be a smaller version of my 7 feet tall soldiers.  These guys are only about 12 inches tall.

I wanted to see how dedicated I could be to the repetition of machine embroidery.  The following work is 36" x 36" and is entirely machine embroidered.  I had been watching the Beatles Yellow Submarine and was enthralled with the use of flat colour filling in a black outline.  I wanted to try and use that in my work.

Eventually I grew completely disenchanted with my dream and began to realize that soldiers in war had a better chance of dying than filling the world with peace and love.  I went on to create my Eyelet Casualties Series.

Letters Series

More often than not my work focuses on the intimacy and emotions felt during both quiet moments and powerful events. This series titled: Letters, pays tribute to the romance and joy of the posted letter.  The drawing was executed using both hand and machine embroidery.  While I was making this work I drew my friends and studio mates.  This work means much more to me now that I live far away from most of the people I love.  It is always so exciting to receive a letter from them in the mail.  (hint hint to all my friends out there!) 

These "envelopes" are made with vintage hankies and linens. 

last night i dreamt i was...

A few years ago I had the great pleasure of collaborating on a show with Suzanne Carlsen   Suzanne is an amazing artist from Toronto and a super friend of mine.  Titled: Last night I dreamt I was…      the show focused on the icons and archetypes of our favourite fantasy occupations.  The show was installed in the vitrines along the studio corridor at Harbourfront Centre.  Viewers had to peek through the windows to see the work inside.  Here are a few of the occupations we dreamt about:

Last night I dreamt I was...

... a private detective 

... a circus performer

 ... an astronaut

... a ballerina

... a scuba diver