Installations & Special Guests

Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art welcomes the Upper Canada Fibreshed as our special guests this year. The UCFS has been a strong supporter of our festival idea from day one and we have felt so warmly welcomed by the fibre community. We are thrilled to feature a large outdoor tent highlighting Upper Canada Fibreshed artists, makers, and producers.

A fibreshed is a community of makers and producers working together to create textiles grown and processed in a regional system. Come see this co-creation in action at the Black Sheep Festival, beginning with the animal and fibre, to the carding, spinning, weaving or knitting and natural dying - all in one place. We will be discussing the value of slow fashion and regional textiles while creating a garment entirely based from our landscape.

We invite you to bring your spinning wheel or knitting needles, crochet hooks or other fibre utensil of choice, to listen in, to play with local fibre, work on your own projects or learn basic spinning on a drop spindle, and participate in the soil-to-soil processes within our local fibreshed. This is a drop in event, so come see us anytime throughout the Festival.  |  @UpperCanadaFibreshed

Weave, Wrap, and Stitch: An interactive public art installation

Come be a part of the creative process! Textile artist Alisa McRonald invites members of the public to weave, wrap, and stitch with her on an interactive art installation. Watch as the large scale work changes and evolves into a colourful and joy-filled outdoor sculpture piece.                                                                              No experience necessary. All materials supplied.



 The Student Art Innovation Lab (SAIL) is a new community outreach program run by uWaterloo fine and performing arts students. Programming centres around a newly restored and renovated vintage Airstream trailer that operates as a mobile workshop and exhibition space. The SAIL team travels throughout the Waterloo Region from June through August to deliver free pop-up art labs and to exhibit some of the many talented artists at uWaterloo.

Coordinators are new graduates from uWaterloo’s MFA and BFA programs. This year our SAILors are:

  • Tait Wilman - Coordinator
  •  Eryn O’Neil - Coordinator
  • Karen Ly - Assistant Coordinator
  • Chloe Blair - Indigenous Programing Coordinator

During the Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art, SAIL will be featuring the work of Sarah Moreau (b. 1995), a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Her art practice explores notions of beauty, sex, gender, and memory from a feminist perspective. Her work raises awareness to feminist issues in the hopes of normalizing the female experience. Her current work explores the relationship between memory and the body through yarn, textiles, and the art of crocheting. Using femininely charged materials in a contemporary setting allows her to connect to women’s history while challenging traditional notions of art and gender. Her work varies from sculpture to performance as she lets the subject matter inform the medium. The creation process evokes new topics of interest that informs her next body of work.