Please note that the Moon Rain Centre blog has moved to

http://moonraincentre.blogspot.com/

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Moon Rain Centre is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to integrating creativity and harmony in the community through the creation, exhibition and teaching of tapestry weaving and textile arts. The name Moon Rain refers to the mystical connection between the moon, weaving and the cosmos. Located in the Gatineau Hills, in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada, Moon Rain is known for its unique approach to creative tapestry weaving. The Vision of Moon Rain is to share the beauty and mystery of Weave

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Moon Rain Centre Blog Moving

    
      One of the changes that we have been working on is the new and improved Moon Rain Centre blog. The new blog can be found at the link below. The postings on this blog will stay in place, but future posts will be on the new one. Thank You and hope you enjoy the new site which will be much more interactive

http://moonraincentre.blogspot.com/


Also please visit The Vision Weave Project site at

http://visionweaveproject.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 18, 2011

Vision Weave Project


The Vision Weave Project

Moon Rain Centre continues to interweave art and community with the Vision Weave Project

Contact Moon Rain Centre to plan a hands-on interactive community arts project.

Bring The Vision Weave Project to your local school, community centre, library, care or recreation centre.


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 info@moonrain.ca        http://www.moonrain.ca/

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tapestry Workshops at Moon Rain Centre 2011

“During the process of designing and weaving each tapestry, I attune to ancient mysteries of the weaver’s path. The repetition of over and under, followed by under and over, meditatively connects me to Navajo, Mayan and Buddhist beliefs where weaving, or the union of warp, or tantra, with weft, or sutra, creates harmony.” Thoma Ewen, artistic director



Photography by Ken Ewen

Inspired by the natural environment, workshop participants explore and develop their own creativity, immersed in techniques and practices developed at Moon Rain Centre that demystify tapestry weaving, making it accessible to everyone.







Level One: workshops for beginners
July 23 & 24
August 6 & 7

This weekend workshop is an introduction to the art and craft of tapestry weaving. Basic techniques are explored and practiced on small frame looms. While learning to blend colours and build woven shapes and lines, participants create a small tapestry to take home.

$225 includes materials



Level Two: weaving tapestry
July 25 to 29
August 8 to 12

During this week workshop, the patterns of nature inspire woven tapestries, as each participant explores in depth the tapestry weaving process, developing and weaving a visual idea into a finished tapestry.

$475 includes materials prerequisite: Level One



Level Three: mentoring

Mentoring responds to the unique questions and concerns of individual advanced students. Emerging tapestry weavers are shown how to recognize and develop their own unique creative gifts, while learning to become active creative members of their own communities.

prerequisite: Level Two and portfolio



Level Four: weaving and culture

A workshop for teachers, arts educators and cultural facilitators

Weaving transmits the energy of Peace. It has a calming, harmonizing effect on people, especially on children, so is an excellent tool for today’s classrooms and community centers. This workshop teaches simple creative weaving skills and projects that are suitable for all ages, abilities, and cultural programming budgets. In this workshop participants learn how to turn the family ragbin into woven fabric art projects, how to make simple frame looms and weave on them, how to make cloth looms and more.

prerequisite: Level Two



workshop fees include all materials

camping and accommodation available on-site

For more information please contact Moon Rain Centre at

819 457 9711



Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Living Tapestry Workbook reviewed in Britain’s The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers


The Living Tapestry Workbook received a glowing review from Jean Woods of the New Forest Guild in issue number 236 Winter 2010 of Great Britain’s The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
Among the reviewer’s comments were, “a joy to view” , “encouragement to get started” and “inspire the belief you can do this too”.

The Workbook can be ordered online through the Moon Rain Centre website at




     Also please check the December 11, 2009 posting on this blog for more information


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Moon Rain 2011

Happy New Year and thank you for all of the interest in Moon Rain Centre. In addition to this blog please check our website at http://www.moonrain.ca/
For questions and comments info@moonrain.ca is one of the best ways to reach us.
There are quite a few really exciting happenings coming up. More details to come.
Once again thank you

Friday, December 3, 2010

Culture Days/Journees de la Culture


When Thirteen Moons Entwine
International textile arts event in the Outaouais
Aug 15 to Oct 10, 2010
Moon Rain Centre, Val-des-Monts, Quebec.


September 25, 26, 2010

Textile Arts Discovery Bus Tour
Circuit Decouvert Arts Textiles

On Saturday, September 25th, Galerie Montcalm and the Ville de Gatineau organized a bus tour that visited the textile arts exhibitions organized by Moon Rain Centre in collaboration with the international textile arts event in the Outaouais, “When Thirteen Moons Entwine”.
The bus started in the morning at Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau after visiting the 9th International Triennale of Mini-textiles from Angers, France.  It then visited Espace Pierre Debain in Aylmer to see the exhibition Fibres Boreales, then drove to Moon Rain Centre to see the outdoor textile arts installations in situ and the studio exhibition, The Thirteen Moons. A gourmet picnic lunch was prepared by chef Chris Hudson, that bus tour participants and artists enjoyed at the waterfall along the scenic walking path at Moon Rain Centre.
On the drive home to Gatineau, the bus stopped to visit the international tapestry exhibit, Fils Lumineux at the Val-Des-Monts municipal hall.
It was a very enjoyable day for the bus tour participants. The word most frequently spoken was “inspirational”.










Photos by Ken Ewen

Tissage-Metissage
Community Weaving Project
The Agora, Maison du Citoyen, Gatineau, Quebec

On Sunday, September 26th was Tissage-Metissage, a community weaving project organized by Galerie Montcalm and the Ville de Gatineau and directed by Thoma and Gabby Ewen of Moon Rain Centre.
Moon Rain Centre's “Collective Cloth” project provided the core of this fabric project that had an amazing resulting immense fabric art work. Over 200 community members participated in the weaving of “Tissage-Metissage”, and a permanent public location is being sought to display the weaving.







Photos by Dominique Laurent

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When Thirteen Moons Entwine

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When Thirteen Moons Entwine
International textile arts event in the Outaouais
Aug 15 to Oct 10, 2010
Moon Rain Centre, Val-des-Monts, Quebec.

The integration of textile arts into the natural environment and the mythology of the thirteen moons

When Thirteen Moons Entwine
was an international textile event, inspired by the thirteen moons of the lunar calendar. It was an outdoor laboratory that brought together established professional textile artists with emerging artists in the creation of outdoor textile art installations at thirteen sites along a scenic walking path in nature at Moon Rain Centre, in the Gatineau Hills.

The number thirteen has very ancient and mystical significance, representing the unification of life, creation and the cosmos. In many cultures, the Wise Woman is referred to as a "Woman of the Thirteenth Moon".
When thirteen Moons Entwine included a spectrum of textile arts exhibitions presented in collaboration with major exhibition centres in the region, and offered hands on workshops by internationally known textile artists.
Quand les treize lunes s'entrelacent
When Thirteen Moons Entwine
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Video courtesy of Aisha Productions, Gatineau, Quebec
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Outdoor Textile Art INSTALLATIONS

International textile arts event in the Outaouais

Aug 15 to Oct 10, 2010

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When Thirteen Moons Entwine was an international textile event, inspired by the thirteen moons of the lunar calendar. It was an outdoor laboratory that brought together established professional textile artists with emerging artists in the creation of 13 outdoor textile art installations at thirteen sites along a scenic walking path in nature at Moon Rain Centre, in the Gatineau Hills.

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Map of Sites

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Image by Gary Stuber, Artzu

Site 1

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When Thirteen Moons Entwine
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Hope Maclean (QUEBEC)
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Edith Meusnier (FRANCE)


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J'oublie les mots, les mythes et légendes pour savourer pleinement le silence et le mystère de l'illusion lunaire.- Edith Meusnier

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Photos by Ken Ewen, Ken Ewen, Joanne de Nobriga, Ken Ewen

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Ewa Bartosz-Mazus (POLAND)
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Part of my installation "The Cleansing" represents spirituality and positive thoughts: this optimism overflows out of me and into my tapestry; it is my aspiration that everyone can achieve this fragment of positive energy. - Ewa Bartosz-Mazus

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Claire Guerette (QUEBEC)


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Photos by Ken Ewen, Joanne de Nobriga, Ken Ewen, Ken Ewen

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Krystyna Sadej (CANADA)

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Ali Rabjohns (UK)

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All this love and these threads of my creative journey have been wooven into the final pieces, red spider's web reminds us that we are all connected. - Ali Rabjohns

Photos by Ken Ewen

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Denise Coker(QUEBEC) Gaël Morin (FRANCE)

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Traces mémoire, rémanence; investir le matériau d'une mémoire réinventée. Quand l'art est technique opératoire, quand il est à la fois le messageet le messager, il devient possible de re-sacraliser l'espace.- Gael Morin

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Photos by Joanne de Nobriga, Ken Ewen, Ken Ewen, Margit Hiedeg

Site 5

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Ixchel Suarez (CANADA)

Marie Pier St-George (CANADA)

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Photos by Ken Ewen, Gerald Bordeleau, Ken Ewen, Ken Ewen

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Site 6

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Il arrive souvent qu'aux dernières heures de décembre des solitaires inspirés se penchent au-dessus de l'eau et distinguent, scintillant pour eux des profondeurs, émouvante, terrifiante, la merveille des douze, parfois des treize lunes de l'année écoulée qui reposent, entrelacées. - Nadine Dupeux

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Photos by Gerald Bordeleau, Ken Ewen, Joanne de Nobriga, Joanne de Nobriga