Artist-in-Residence 2007

1. Exhibition

2. Demonstrations

3. Workshops

4. Lecture Series

5. Event Photos

Marilyn Gardiner is a Waterloo resident whose passion for beadwork and creating jewelry has given her a new lease on life in “retirement”. After a career as classroom teacher, librarian, and computer consultant for the Waterloo District School Board, she was ready to explore new horizons.

Since 2000, Marilyn has developed her artistic and technical skills in beadwork, taking courses at George Brown College and the Haliburton School of the Arts. Some of her most exciting learning experiences have come from seeking out highly skilled artists across North America; Marilyn has travelled to California and Minnesota to learn beadweaving on a loom, to Ohio for beaded broadcollars and Kumihimo, and to Arizona for chainmaking. Closer to home, she has attended classes hosted by the Toronto Bead Society.

It is no surprise that Marilyn’s background in graphic design and in the creation of educational resource materials has shaped Marilyn’s second career as a beadwork artist. Her focus is on sharing her passion by teaching and by creating kits that include step-by-step instructions along with the necessary materials. She teaches regularly in Toronto, and frequently in Calgary, Texas, and Arizona.

Marilyn works on two levels. The first is creating designs that are classic, yet serve as tools for teaching basic skills to beginning beaders. The second level, reflecting her love of colour, pattern and design from different eras and cultures finds expression in her more complex pieces. Marilyn was born in Northern Ontario and this background informs many pieces of her work.

As co-founder of the Grand River Bead Society, and a long-time member of the Toronto Bead Society, Marilyn contributes to many regional events. Her work is a labour of love.

The Folk Artist-in-Residence Programme

Sponsored annually since 1990 by the Friends of Joseph Schneider Haus, the Folk Artist-in-Residence Programme was designed to support the efforts of local artists and artisans working in traditional crafts and trades. Each year, the Museum showcases the work of one such folk artist, promotes his/her trade and raises public awareness and appreciation for skills and hand-crafted items which might otherwise be lost to our heritage.

During the course of the year, the folk artist contributes to the ongoing programmes of the Museum in a variety of ways, which may include guest-curating an exhibition, hosting workshops, presenting lectures and demonstrations, or authoring a booklet or catalogue.

Past residencies have included cabinetmaker Philippe Elsworthy, Fraktur artist Elizabeth Eby, quilter Kathy Bissett, musician Ian Bell, spinner/dyer Chicki Mair, chip carver Peter Findlay, blacksmith David Robertson, straw worker Daniel Kramer, painter/sculptor Barbara Fauth-Lange, artist/ writer Nancy-Lou Patterson, cross-stitch artist Ingrid Steiner, wood engraver Wesley Bates, storyteller Mary-Eileen McClear, knitter Sally Melville, decorative wildfowl carver Al Forler and master baker Karen Wadsworth.

Friends of Joseph Schneider Haus

The Friends of Joseph Schneider Haus is an independent group of heritage-minded volunteers which supports and raises funds for projects and programmes of the Museum. Special projects include the museum and research wing of the Haus, constructed in 1987/88; the Folk Artist-in-Residence programme; the annual Quilt Block Contest and the Edna Staebler Research Fellowship Award.

Two major areas of interest are acquisitions for the permanent collections and publications. In 1995 the Friends were instrumental in securing The Spirit of the West Collection, consisting of Western Mennonite and Doukhobor furniture and decorative arts which has been declared a national treasure by the federal government. Recent publications include Made in Berlin; From Pennsylvania to Waterloo; a reprint edition of Edna Staebler’s Sauerkraut and Enterprise; a cassette tape, Singing in a Strange Land by 1993 Folk Artist-in- Residence Ian Bell, and The Tramp Room by Nancy- Lou Patterson, co-published with Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 1998.


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