WORKSHOPS/TALKS: (available for Zoom too!)

Spirit, Place, Stitch, and Story: Join textile artist Thomas Roach on an imaginative retelling of his journey through his own textile-based work over the last twenty years. Discover the importance of place to his work – both the exploration of new places, and the appreciation of those places closer to home. By the careful placement of colour, line and stitch his work aims to evoke the spirit of those places. His journey has been enriched by others along the way with teaching and community art projects. This illustrated talk will include examples of his work from a variety of stages and contexts of his career from deeply personal pieces, to church vestments, to collaborative projects.
Cloth and Connection: While a quilt is typically defined as three layers stitched together, I believe that the result is vastly more than the simple sum of the component materials. There are a myriad of layers of meaning, memory and connection that at first don’t seem visible, but are often transmitted anyway by the visual and tactile experience. Such is the power of cloth. As quilters, weavers, fibre artists and lovers of textile we know this. Imagine opening that experience up to a community to (re)discover together. Join Vancouver textile artist Thomas Roach to hear about his experience leading large textile based community projects and how that work has changed his approach to his personal textile artmaking practice. 

Please contact the artist for further information about booking for your group.


Full Circle

10th Anniversary Exhibition 

     FibreWorks Gallery, Maderia Park, BC

          July 29 to September 10, 2017

(in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth

     Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

          May 25 to June 4, 2017


Surface Design Association - BC Member Exhibition

     Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre

          Vancouver, BC

          March 15 to May 15, 2015

     Fibre Works Gallery

          Maderia Park, BC (Sunshine Coast)

          August 25 to October 4, 2015

     Place des Arts

          Coquitlam, BC

          April 29 to May 28, 2016

Edge of the Forest

Surface Design Association - Canada Member Exhibition

     Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

          March 1 to 30, 2015    

     Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON

          April 20  to May 4, 2015

     John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville, ON

          May to July 2015

     Fibre Conference @ Gros Morne National Park, Nfld

          August – October 2015

     Fish Creek Community Library, Calgary, AB
          January 11 – 30, 2016
     Coast Collective Arts Centre, Colwood, BC
          March 23 – April 3, 2016
      FibreWorks Gallery, Maderia Park, BC
           July 9 – August 21, 2016


Common Threads Indigo Quilts


​Prayers of the Church Community Art Project

     Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

          Permanent Installations

Current & Upcoming

Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver:

    Artist interview about Purple Vestments for Lent

Surface Design Association Blog:

     Artful Conversations

Thomas Roach

Surface Design Journal, Fall 2017

     Exposure section

Featured Artist: Thomas Roach, Stitched Textiles

     Kolbe Times: Faith, Arts, Justice

     Autumn/Winter 2015


stitched textiles

​Prayers of the Church Community Art Project

    Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver