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A Day In The Life Of A Tapestry Weaver: MEET IXCHEL SUAREZ


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Canadian Tapestry & Texture Centre

Alnwick/Haldimand, ON

Directions: Easiest way to get to the parking is off of County Rd. 29, and not Covert Hill as that entrance is a private driveway. From the large outdoor gravel parking lot, there will be directions signalling you to the entrance of the Centre & Gallery through our garden fence into the premises.



Offered in English, Spanish, and Polish.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


Immerse yourself virtually in the safety and comfort of your own homes into the life of Ixchel Suárez, renowned textile artist. Throughout the day she will hold 3 livestreams, each focusing on the aspects surrounding process, technique, inspiration and project development accompanied by in-depth conversation surrounding the following textile related topics:

- 11 AM: Pre-Colombian Natural Dyes and Processes

- 1:30 PM: The Unicorn Tapestry Series

- 4:00 PM: Tapestry Then & Now: Tradition vs. Innovation.


Ixchel Suarez has been a textile and fibre artist for almost 35 years. Dedicated weaver and visual artist that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career, she has been recognized on several occasions. 2009 Finalist in Stars Among Us, Oakville and 2010 Winner of Visual Arts Award, Oakville Arts Council and Government of Ontario; “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer and Workshop Leader.


Tapestry is a traditional medium that after 30 years of experience has drawn her to explore the vision of applying it in different ways. Her formal training in Design, Photography and Textiles in her country of origin, Mexico, gave her a firm basis to understand the traditional structures of fibre and weaving. Through her introduction to Eastern European Polish textile art, and current immersion into the diverse multi-cultures in Canada, has widened her spectrum of possibilities to explore with non-conventional materials.



Canadian Tapestry & Texture Centre


The Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre (CTTC). It was founded in 2015, as a natural extension to the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild, the oldest Guild in Oakville, Ontario, founded in 1954. The CTTC explores tapestry through traditional and contemporary art forms. Texture is a property of artwork that makes you want to reach out and touch. Texture can be part of the surface or the result of the interplay of light and shadow. Texture has role in the creation of an image to the same extent as composition and colour; although it has been explored and studied to a far less degree.


The Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre is a non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to foster intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth, connection and wellbeing through arts and culture. Facilitating welcoming intergenerational programs where individuals can exchange creative knowledge, celebrate cultural diversity and establish lasting connections within their own community.


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