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Transforming, an installation by artist Gayle Fitzpatrick, will be on display beginning May 26 through June 24 in the storefront window of Engine, at 128 Main Street. Transforming is part of the exhibition Exploring the Seams, which features four Maine College of Art Textile and Fashion Design students’ thesis work. The exhibition will open from 5-8pm on May 26, during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk, and will be followed by the PussyCATWalk, a runway show at 8pm featuring original work by artist Martha Miller.

Transforming ties together Biddeford’s textile and garment industry and broader community concerns about domestic violence. Displaying the work in the storefront of a former clothing store on Main Street is intentional. The installation will consist of a dress composed of handmade Japanese paper that transforms from a worn white to a rich turquoise with gold leaf embellishments. A paper “carpet” composed of handmade paper hearts–of recycled pulp (created from the artist’s recycled divorce transcripts and Orders of Protection from Abuse)–will lead toward the dress. A library of hand-bound books in which people have written, drawn, and collaged as a means of expressing their feeling and thoughts and feelings of their own journey will be on display. The background will be a continuous wall of 8 x 10 inch sheets of handmade paper with patterns of one in four, to visually articulate the 1-in-4 statistics of domestic abuse).

Fitzpatrick’s installation directly addresses the transformation from abuse and domestic violence to a thriving life. It is the artist’s goal to create awareness and spur discussion, and to offer hope and healing through art and community.

The installation will be be accompanied by community participation during the exhibit and at planned art workshops.

The exhibit will be interactive, allowing for community participation. Attendees will receive perforated tickets on entering Engine’s space. One part of the ticket will state “I was abused” and may be placed in a box. The other half will state, “I survived and now I will thrive” and may be kept by the attendee as a keepsake. In addition, 3 x 5 sheets of handmade paper will be available for viewers to write, draw, or acknowledge if they, or a loved one, had been or is being abused. Completed acknowledgements will be deposited safely in a container.

Transforming was made possible with funding from the Maine Arts Commission.

GAYLE FITZPATRICK is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art ‘74 and has studied papermaking extensively at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts and in Japan. Fitzpatrick resides in York, Maine. Her work can be seen at

Included image:  Detail of Transforming, photo credit Erin Thomas


Join us for a night of stories and community.
Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing.
$5 at the door. Engine members free.

Our evening’s presenters:

Emma Bouthillette

Lee Burnett

Jonathan Drummey

Sean Hasey

Wyatt Laprise

Tara McDonough

Aurelie Wallach

Thank you to Bangor Savings Bank for being our 2017 PK Sponsor!

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.


After many years at the Compass Project, our program director Shane Hall will be leaving to teach special needs children full time. That leaves us with big shoes to fill at Engine…here is who we’re looking for:

Compass Project/FabLab Program Director

Engine seeks a Program Director to lead the development and implementation of youth and community maker programs for the nonprofit organization’s Compass Project program and in the Maine FabLab. The Compass Project is a boat building program for youth and young adults. The Maine FabLab is a digital fabrication makerspace. The ideal candidate will a desire to provide structure and support to youth through hands-on and project-based experiential educational opportunities. Experience in a formal or informal education environment, experience in woodworking/boatbuilding, and knowledge of the boatbuilding and maker community is strongly preferred.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for the growth and implementation of the maker program and events.

The position will be 20-30 hours per week until August 15 and then full-time. Compensation $20/hour.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing, coordinating, and implementing youth programs for the Compass Project and in the Maine FabLab, including semester and yearlong school-based collaborations, and camp programs.
  • Developing, coordinating, and implementing community programs for the Compass Project and in the Maine FabLab.
  • Managing commissioned boatbuilding projects, boat sales, and donations.
  • Working with a diverse demographic of alternative learners, including at-risk youth.
  • Coordinating, training, and managing part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Maintaining and supplying the wood shop, specifically for boat building, and the Maine FabLab.
  • Promoting the Compass Project and Maine FabLab to the community at large.
  • Participating in fundraising and development.
  • Spearheading marketing and promotion for the program and facilities.


  • Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and supervisory skills and the ability to relate well to students, staff, parents and volunteers.
  • This position requires flexibility, organization, creativity, and an interest in making.
  • Candidates must have the ability to manage multiple projects/programs at the same time.
  • Marketing and budget experience is also expected.

Please send resumé and qualifications to no later than July 1.


Come visit Engine’s Saturday Pop Up Makers Market at Handmade on Main, our in-house retail shop. Hours for the pop up will be 11am-1pm but Engine’s regular retail and gallery space will be open to 4pm.

MAKERS APPLY HERE. This is a curated event, your work must be predominantly handmade and of excellent quality. Thank you!


with BODY ELECTRIC by Sally Wagley

Engine’s upcoming opening on June 30 Current Events features work by Harpswell artist Cynthia Davis. Included in the exhibition will be Body Electric, Winthrop artist Sally Wagley’s embroidery on fabric. Both artists use embroidery in non-traditional ways, with Davis stitching fabric onto paper with underlying drawings and Wagley using embroidery to create drawings of the human form. The opening runs from 5:00–8:00pm at Engine, 128 Main Street in Biddeford, and coincides with the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk. The exhibition will run through July 22.

Engine is focusing its curatorial interest primarily on exhibitions centered on innovation, design, design to market and creative endeavors in all genres that harken to Biddeford’s heritage in the industrial and textile design and makers fields.


Mapping the nodes: exploring the textures of impressions and the forging of words with water.

There are three main nodes in my work. The first is mark making, writing, and drawing. The second is images of maps and map making utilizing the technique of collage. The third is the creation of curtains, veils, webs, and nets.

In this work, I use mark capturing and patterning with thread to visually express the textures of sense experience, conversations between the interior and the exterior, and impressions of the in-between. The tension between mark and page becomes the surface for reading and revealing the fleeting, elusive, and transitory moments between lost and found.

BIO: Cynthia Davis currently resides in Harpswell, Maine. She holds a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in Fibers, and a BFA in Printmaking from the Portland School of Art now know as the Maine College of Art. Her advanced studies in art include attendance at University of Southern Maine, University of Colorado, Boulder, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy.


The human body has always been a subject of great interest to me, as it is to most of us. The body emerges from another, larger body. The body moves, takes nourishment, and excretes.  It breathes in and it breathes out. It sweats. It grows and changes. The body covers itself with clothes. The body preens; it admires itself; it critiques itself. It attracts and is attracted to, seeking out other bodies. It performs feats, it accomplishes, and it disappoints. It mates with other bodies, producing new, smaller bodies. The body rests. The body enjoys the prime of its life.   The body matures, and it mellows, and it slows. The body softens and puckers. It bends and changes its shape. The body takes on a quality of translucence. The body dies and becomes food.      

My work is a mediation on all of the above, intimately examining the minutiae associated with the body and its processes. While celebrating all that we think of as conventionally beautiful, I also seek to celebrate the signs of aging and bodily decline, through appreciation of all the nuances of the body’s changing shape, texture and color.

My most recent work is a series drawn from images in a classic anatomy text from the early 20th century. What started for me as research in connection with a figure drawing turned into an enchantment with these scientific renderings: images of a male figure as it assumes various poses:  inclined, contracted, extended and flexed.    

I found I was also drawn to the text of the book, which explains in extensive (and tedious) detail what happens to each and every muscle as the figure moves. Sentence fragments, removed and taken out of context, become a kind of found poetry, or literary collage, as a companion to each image.

In a world dominated by painting and other traditional media, I anticipate the question:  why fiber? why needle and thread? To which I respond, why not? Sewing is what I do and what I have always done, having learned it from my mother who learned it from her sisters.  It lends itself particularly well to the depiction of muscles and other soft tissue because muscles, like thread, twist, stretch, become lax, knot and tear.

BIO: Sally Wagley lives in Winthrop, Maine, and practices law in addition to sewing.


PussyCATWalk Runway Show May 26

On Friday, May 26, following the opening of Exploring the Seams exhibition at 8pm, Engine will host the PussyCATWalk. The PussyCATWalk is a runway show featuring textile art pieces by Maine artist Martha Miller. Maine College of Art models and actors from The Theater Ensemble of Color will model on the PussyCATWalk! The runway show is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Maine! Miller resides and works in Woolwich, Maine.