Liz Pead

Liz Pead creates artwork from almost anything she can get her hands on; wool, thread, ink, paint, even recycled hockey gear. An accomplished textile artist and hockey player, Pead’s material explorations are a reflection on memory, history, and location. Exploring Landscapes, is a collection of Pead’s work including her stitched landscapes, ink sketches, hand woven wool blankets, as well as her hockey art.

This exhibition speaks to the varied processes and materiality found in Pead’s work. Her ink sketches act as a starting point for the artist to expand upon later in the studio. Pead’s handwoven blankets are a testament to her exquisite mastery as a textile artist. In her stitched landscapes, fleeting moments of time spent in nature are rendered in thread to describe land, trees, and sky. Directing the thread across a woven metal substrate is oddly reminiscent of nature; fierce and powerful, elusive and reflective. The layering of thread mimics that of a forest canopy. Pead’s hockey works are particularly eye-catching. She creates these works by collecting and tearing up recycled hockey gear. Cutting and stapling sticks, elbow pads, socks, and jerseys, Pead collages the materials to create wildly colourful, rugged Canadian landscapes. It is hard not to become delightfully engrossed in the materials, imagery, and all of the detail found in Pead’s work.

Pead grew up in New Brunswick and lived by the sea, painting, drawing, weaving, and working in galleries. She studied Fabric Surface Design (1993) and Textiles (1995) at the New Brunswick College of Draft and Design. In 2005, she established Liz Pead Studio in Toronto and in 2007, graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) with Distinction Honours in Drawing and Painting, winning the Medal. Pead has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. In 2016, Pead attended workshops in Weaving Copper Wire with Sayward Johnson in Ottawa, and Advanced Machine Knitting Techniques with Ursula Rautenbach at Heriot Watt University, Scottish School of Textiles; Galashiels, Scottish Borders. In 2017, she received the Mary Diamond Butts Award from Craft Ontario recognizing Excellence in Embroidery. She has travelled to Germany, Austria, and Denmark to research textile history and techniques in various institutions.

Most recently, Pead’s work was part of the exhibition, Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art, which was on view at the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) from February 9 – May 12, 2019. To learn more about this exhibition, visit the AGW website: agw.ca


Stitched LandscapeS

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Liz Pead
Prodigal Pine

2016

thread on stainless steel mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

$625

Liz Pead
Edge of the Woods

2016

thread on copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

$500

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Liz Pead
The One That Got Away, The Chaudry

2015

thread on stainless steel mesh

9.75 x 13.5 inches

$775

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Liz Pead
Galashiels to Stow, Scotland #2

2016

thread on copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

$625

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Liz Pead

Banffshire, Scotland #1

thread on 24 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Borgarbyggð, Iceland

thread on 80 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Dornoch, The Mound, Scotland

thread on 24 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Galashiels To Stow #2

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead

Helmsdale To Loth Scotland

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Inverness To Daviot, Scotland

thread on 83 stainless steel mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead

Peterhead Old Deer, Scotland #3

thread on 83 stainless steel mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
New Scotland to Happy Valley

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
New Scotland Field, Ontario #3

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches

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Liz Pead

Owls Head The Beach at Alma’s, NB

thread on copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Pasohlavky, Czech Republic

thread on 83 stainless steel mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead

Peterhead Old Deer, Scotland

thread on 100 brass mesh

5 x 8 inches

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Liz Pead


Peterhead Old Deer Scotland #1

thread on copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
The Road to Cullodean, Inverness to Daviot, Scotland

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead


The Bowl, Alma Headquarters, Clouds, New Brunswick

thread on 100 brass mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
The Camp

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
Wasaga Field

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches framed

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Liz Pead
West of Barrie, Utopia

thread on 100 copper mesh

5 x 8 inches


Hockey Art

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Liz Pead


Asquith, Saskatchewan

2018

recycled hockey gear, ink and acrylic on board

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Daviot, Inverness, Scotland

2019

recycled hockey gear and acrylic paint on board with painted staples

18 x 24 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Hague, Saskatchewan

2014

recycled hockey gear, and ink on board

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Nellie’s Stone Field

2019

recycled hockey gear and acrylic on board with painted staples

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Pearly Watson, Go West

2019

recycled hockey gear, acrylic on board with painted staples

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Rusty Breezes, Wheat Kings

2019

recycled hockey gear, ink, acrylic on board with painted staples

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Souris Homestead, Manitoba

2019

recycled hockey gear, ink, acrylic on board with painted staples

16 x 20 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)

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Liz Pead
Weyburn Farm, Saskatchewan

2018

recycled hockey gear on board with painted staples

18 x 24 inches (framed under plexi vitrine)


Legacy Series

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #1, Pins or Needles

2019

recycled plastic and stitching on yupo paper

14 x 11 inches

$300

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #2, Lace ‘Em Up (Linen and Lace)

2019

thread and buttons on yupo paper

14 x 11 inches

$300

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #3, How to Measure for Slacks

2019

lace, thread, and recycled paper on yupo paper

14 x 11 inches

$300

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #4, Liz Takes Nick Cave to a Toronto Marlies Game, They Knit In The Stands During The Action

2019

recycled newspaper, recycled paper, thread, and buttons with retail hang tag ties on yupo paper

11 x 14 inches

$300

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #5, The Monarch Needle and Perfecto Pins

2019

recycled cardboard, pins, ribbon, and thread on yupo paper

11 x 14 inches

$300

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Liz Pead
Legacy Series #6, Sew, Knit, Weave

2019

recycled paper, hockey laces, lace, rickrack, and thread on yupo paper

14 x 11 inches

$300


Ink Drawings

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Liz Pead
Ontario Fields

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
Alma’s Strawberry Field

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
Alma’s Strawberry Field #2

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
After Prodigal Pine

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
Brandon Storm Sky

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
Near Kelly’s Creek, NB

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
Neepawa Sky, MB

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
The Old Grain Elevator, Boissevain

2010

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead
French Lake Sky

2011

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

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Liz Pead


Ontario Fields Series, Stouffville

2010

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

$200

Handwoven Blankets

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Liz Pead
Handwoven Blankets

various sizes, colours, plaids, tartans and pricing

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Liz Pead
Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

42 x 72 inches (approx.)

$200

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Liz Pead
Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

42 x 72 inches (approx.)

$200

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Liz Pead
Blue & White Gingham Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

52 x 72 inches (approx.)

$300

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Liz Pead
Blue & White Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

52 x 72 inches (approx.)

$300

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Liz Pead
Forbes Tartan Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

52 x 72 inches

$300


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Liz Pead
To Asquith, Saskatchewan

2012

ink on BFK Rives paper laid on board with

rabbit skin size

11 x 14 inches, 12 x 15 inches framed

SOLD

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Liz Pead
Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

42 x 72 inches (approx.)

SOLD

Liz Pead
Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

42 x 72 inches (approx.)

SOLD

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Liz Pead


Handwoven Blanket

Briggs and Little 100% wool

42 x 72 inches (approx.)

SOLD