The History of our Skirt Designs
The first skirt was designed and built for SkirtsAfire in 2013. It became the Official Skirt that year, and was proudly featured in the Nina Art Gallery for the duration of the programming. In 2014, we opened up the Official Skirt design as a competition in order to expand and allow for the ability to showcase more than one designer each year.

Skirt Design Challenge 2022
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were excited to partner with the Old Strathcona Business Association and their local businesses to display our Skirt Designs around Whyte Avenue in our 2021 Reimagined festival last March. We are thrilled to continue with the success of displaying the designs in storefronts in 2022. This time though, we are dropping the competition part of the Skirt Designs. Instead, we chose 9 local artists to be a part of creating a full window display at 1 of 4 participating Old Strathcona retailers, with an up-cycled skirt as the centrepiece. The Skirt designer’s challenge will be to design a piece using up-cycled waste materials that the retailers provide (cardboard, plastics, and other materials that would normally end up in the landfill). 

4 Directions
The theme for this year’s displays is: 4 Directions and each window display will have a color: red, white, blue or yellow. Visit all 4 and see how the same upcycled materials were used in 4 directions by 4 different artists.

“Four Directions Skirts Challenge” is about life coming together from all directions to create a visual that will inspire the viewer to see things in a new light. My goal is to ignite a spark, and to create a beginning out of an otherwise discarded person place or thing. There is beauty in second chances, if only we weren’t so quick to toss away. Let’s look around, let’s see what we already have to create with, and who we have to learn from, let’s elevate our standard of living for everyone from all directions. – Kim Neeser, Skirt Design Coordinator

Locations
On display from February 28 – March 13, 2022

  1. C’est Sera (8239 104 Street NW)
  2. The Paint Spot (10032 81 Ave NW)
  3. The Quiltbag (10516 82 Ave NW)
  4. gravitypope Tailored Goods (10414 82 Ave NW)

The Designers

Joanne Ngo

Skirt Designer
East/Yellow Window
C’est Sera + Kelly Wollf

Wendy Ward

Props Designer
East/Yellow Window
C’est Sera + Kelly Wollf
North/White Window
gravitypope Tailored Goods

Una Momolu

Skirt Designer
South/Red Window
The Paint Spot

Karen Bishop

Props Designer
South/Red Window
The Paint Spot

Jani Galarneau

Props Designer
South/Red Window
The Paint Spot

The Lil’ Embroidebee

Skirt Designer
West/Blue Window
The QUILTBAG

Jennifer Roberge

Props Designer
West/Blue Window
The QUILTBAG

Lorraine Dezman

Skirt Designer
North/White Window
gravitypope Tailored Goods

Tanya Edison

Props Designer
North/White Window
gravitypope Tailored Goods


Designs From Past Challenges

Designs from past SkirtsAfire’s by Lorraine Dezman, Joanne Ngo, Kim Neeser, Deirdre McCleneghan, Jennifer Lee Arsenault, Beverly Destroys, Jane Kline, Melissa Squire, David Cameron, Amanda Brown and Carol Amaral. Photos by April MacDonald Killins.

Skirts on Whyte Sponsor
Old Strathcona Business Association

Skirt Designer Sponsors