What: Pepa is a painter, print-maker, textile sculptor and photo transfer artist.
Last week we caught up with artist and educator Pepa Chan in her studio here in St. John’s. She teaches The Art of Photo Transfer with the Anna Templeton Centre, which she was kind enough to demo for us in the studio.
Who: Susan Stephen
Where: St. John’s, NL
What: Jewellery produced with magnificent precision using silver, copper, bronze, brass, and precious stones. Susan’s designs are inspired by the ephemeral; lunar cycles, growing plants, the appearance and disappearance of animal populations. Her work features natural textures and an exciting blend of geometric and fluid forms.
“Originally from Yellowknife, NWT, I have been living and working in St. John’s Newfoundland since 1999. I work with silver, semi-precious stones, copper, bronze, brass, and occasionally textiles, to create sculptural jewellery pieces. Silhouetted images of natural objects suggest to me shadows and moments frozen in time. My inspiration comes from the idea of transition and change, no matter how minute. The outline of a tree in silver, with a stone to represent the sun or moon, is a scene we may view in the natural world as unchanging, but nothing is static; the tree is always growing, the sun and moon always in motion. Silhouetted animal imagery in my jewellery serve to highlight how the existence of the living things we may take for granted can also be fleeting.
I want my jewellery pieces to invite conversation and reflection on our place in the world. Making pieces that are one of a kind, as well as developing a line of jewellery suitable for production work are my present creative focuses.
In the last couple of years I have also let my passion for etching lead me into the print-maker’s world. I market a few of these early experiments in technique and design at a select number of fairs during the Christmas season.” ~Susan Stephen
Susan Stephen hard at work!
Who: Shawn O’Hagan
Where: Bay of Islands, NL
What: Mixed media painting and textile work that emphasizes the history and lineage of the cloth. Extraordinarily detailed embroidery that creates drawing, texture, and pattern on the cloths’ surface, drawing attention to the artists’ calm spirituality and creating a meaningful creative engagement with the textiles’ past.
Shawn O’Hagan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Newfoundland in 1975. She lives and works on the west coast of the island. Her background is in painting (she has an MFA in Painting) but she has worked with many processes and materials. For the past 15 years Shawn has concentrated mostly on textiles. Her new work combines textiles and painting. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows mostly in the Maritimes and her work can be found in many collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.
“My recent work celebrates where and how I live – my personal history (both intellectual and spiritual) and my natural surroundings ( my home, my garden, my cabin in the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). I try to live carefully, touching what is around me. I am interested in the connections and overlap between my natural and domestic environments. The threads that run through my life. And about the energies that connect them all.
In my work I employ the labour intensive techniques of embroidery and appliqué either on painted terraskin paper (mounted on wood panel or stretched canvas), or on hand dyed vintage textiles or handmade felt.”
– Shawn O’Hagan
Who: The Anna Templeton Centre
Where: St. John’s, NL
What: A remarkable story of trial, triumph, and transformation. From the elegance of old-work banking to an inspiring, purpose-built craft enclave, this is the story of the revitalization of our Historic building here at 278 Duckworth Street.
The building at 278 Duckworth Street was built in 1849 by architect David Sterling, and became Newfoundland and Labrador’s first commercial bank, The British Bank of North America. It was one of the few buildings to survive the St. John’s great fire of 1892. After the fire, William Howe-Green designed a beautiful new interior which included a stone spiral staircase, an exquisite panelled board room, and stained glass windows. In its lifetime, the building has been home to the Commercial Bank, Newfoundland Savings Bank, and the Bank of Montreal. On September 4, 1985, the Bank of Montreal donated the building to the City of St. John’s.
In 1988, the community college (then Cabot College, now known as the College of the North Atlantic) asked its Textiles Studies faculty to evaluate the building at 278 Duckworth Street as a possible location. Behind years of neglect, the faculty saw an enormous potential and enthusiastically joined the college administration in a project to renovate the historic site into their new home. The building has character, a high public profile, and its location is perfect for student access to cultural resources. The restoration of the building had many successes. Students received training and hands-on experience in heritage restoration, a historical restoration, a historical site was saved from neglect, and Textiles Studies gained a new custom-designed facility.
When the building was re-opened in 1994 it was named after Anna Catherine Templeton (1916 – 1995), a pioneer of craft training in Newfoundland and Labrador. The building’s specialized function truly reflects the mission that Ms. Templeton took on to develop craft training and education. It was a unanimous decision to name the centre in honour of her lifetime accomplishments.
A short two years after its glorious opening, the Anna Templeton Campus was threatened by dramatic budget cuts affecting the public college system. Strict financial limits were imposed, restricting the Textiles Studies program to one and a half instructors and enrollment on a bi-annual basis. The future appeared bleak for this new craft and arts centre. But Textiles Studies and the facilities at the Anna Templeton Centre were widely recognized as an integral part of the craft industry’s infrastructure, and for the sophistication of design sensibilities brought to the industry by Textiles Studies graduates. So with great passion and fervour, The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland Museum, the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Development Association, local businesses, professional artists, and the general public invested in cultural, heritage, and recreational crafts rallied together and formed the Friends of Textiles Studies. They endorsed and lobbied to save the program and its home, and they succeeded.
To this day, nearly two decades later, the Anna Templeton Centre and the Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design program remain crucial pillars in our local and provincial craft and art community. With exquisitely outfitted, purpose-built studios to support craft and art, we are excited to be running a full and inventive roster of classes in traditional and contemporary techniques to support and nourish the creative spirit of our community.
Stained glass in the main stairwell
Re-constructing beautiful decorative mouldings and features
The ATC office, then and now
Original and restored
Who: April White
Where: St. John’s, NL
What: April’s prints and paintings are characterized by their sophisticated play of light and shadow, their evocative compositions, and a certain material softness. White’s work focuses on memory and the experience of time, often choosing as subject matter objects of personal significance, organic matter, and people. April teaches Watercolour and Drawing classes at the Anna Templeton Centre.
“Every Day I Wake Up (80)” April White watercolour frame from watercolour animation 2015
“Untitled/Fogo” April White watercolour 2015
April White holds a BFA from Grenfell Campus, MUN and currently lives and works in St. John’s, NL. She first moved to St. John’s in 2012 after receiving the Don Wright Scholarship from St. Michael’s Printshop, which granted her a year long residency to develop her ideas and techniques in printmaking. White currently sits on the board of directors for St. Michael’s Printshop and Eastern Edge Gallery, and teaches at the Anna Templeton Centre. White has exhibited her work locally, nationally, and internationally and is looking forward to an exhibition of a new body of work at The Rooms in January 2016.
“Five minutes of every day are interesting. I want to show the rest” [Hans-Peter Feldman, in conversation with Helena Tatay, 2002]
What we do with our time is of particular interest to me. I am interested in the private moments, the uneventful happenings, and the routines that we all passively move through. In my work I find different ways to document and express these non-events, whether it be through watercolour, animation, or printmaking.
Through my watercolours, and animations in particular, I consider how the passage of time is experienced and expressed. In my animations I stretch and condense time to my liking and I challenge notions of how I should spend my time.
I focus on very average private moments such as waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, daydreaming, and so on, to ask the question: What happens when nothing happens? Focusing on these moments is a meditation and also a way to take back my time. When life starts to rush by, this is my way of slowing it down.
About the Anna Templeton Centre
Here at Anna Templeton Centre, we're committed to the advancement of craft and art in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Located downtown St. John's, we offer classes in craft, art, and design to challenge and inspire all creative folks, from brand new to seasoned makers. We make our home in the Historical British Bank of North America building, whose austere beauty is the perfect place to learn traditional skills in a contemporary setting. We are a not for profit registered charity and receive no government funding. That means that all your class fees and fundraising contributions directly support the next round of classes and programming. Partnered with local art supplies businesses, galleries and craft facilities, we invite you to come and explore, and never forget that busy hands make happy hearts.
Phone us: 709-739-7623
278 Duckworth Street, St. John's, A1C 1H3
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30
All classes going ahead as scheduled.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
We base our closures on a combination of factors including weather advisories, MUN and CNA school closures, and closure trends around the city. We pay careful attention to forecasts and radio updates. If school closures are primarily due to snow removal rather than inclement weather, evening classes will go ahead as scheduled. If classes are cancelled, we will make every effort to reach students by phone and e-mail, and will update our facebook, twitter, and website.
NEXT COMIC JAMFriday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, April 7 For all fans of manga, comics, and graphic novels. Bring comics to share or trade, and any projects you're working on - expert illustrator and comic enthusiast Wallace Ryan is here to help!
Here on our community page we hope to help build a network of craft makers, artists, and organizations who care as passionately as we do. If you would like to be added to our community page, send us an e-mail with links!Click here to see our Community Page!