Friday, October 16, 2009

Coming Soon: fibre revolution :Tapestry Before During, Now & Next

cover for new issue of fibreQUARTERY Volume 5 Issue 3 / Fall 2009
Subtitled: fibre revolution :Tapestry Before During, Now & Next, this issue is built around a 1973-74 Art Gallery of Ontario extensions programme exhibition called Textiles into 3-D which toured 13 centres around Ontario returning to Toronto in time for the World Craft Council conference and "In Praise of Hands" exhibition held at the Ontario Science Centre in 1975. Textiles into 3-D was organized by influential curator Helen Marie Duffy who passed away in September of 2008 and this issue is in honour of her. Craft Activist and artist Jean Johnson in consultation with friends and peers complied a thoughtful portrait of Mrs Duffy for this issue.

Textiles into 3-D ...

"Mrs Duffy, who had an important show of her own work at the Commonwealth Institute of London in 1970 was subsequently invited to attend seminars for art and music directors sponsored by the Spanish Arts Council in Madrid and the Scottish Arts Council in Edinburgh. Her eyes were open to the exploration of new forms and techniques, she particularly sensed the new liaison between the artist and the craftsman and that, in essence, is what Textile into 3D is all about. “Answers are to be found,” she says, “in the combination of the two related fields where artistic and imaginative freedom is expressed through expert control, knowledge and the craftsman’s skill.”...

quote from unidentified newspaper article published at the time of the exhibition which is in the vertical file holdings at the E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario


The images on the cover are: an installation view of Textiles into 3-D at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa May 2-June 24 1974, left to right across the bottom.

1. Helen Duffy portrait by Prudence Emery circa 1975:

2.J.Penney Burton's piece that was in the Americas Sinuosas/Interseccion de Extremos at the 5ta Bienal Internacional de Arte Textile in Buenos Aires, Argentina. which Monique Beauregard, Director of Centre Design & impression textile, Montréal reports on for us;

3. Lia Cook' "A-maze Doll" which was the Gold Metal Winner at the From Lausanne to Beijing, Fifth International Fibre Art Beinnale, for which the American weaver Carol Westfall has provided her impressions/

4. Barbara Heller's tapestry Bokhara Algorithm from her The Beauty of Bones exhibition at the  Elliot Louis Gallery in Vancouver which is reviewed by Ruth Jones  which has been reprinted in this issue with permission of the author. Originally published in American Tapestry Alliance journal Tapestry Topics, Fall 2009 vol. 35 issue 3.

fibreQUARTERLY Volume 5 Issue 3/ Fall 2009: fibre revolution :Tapestry Before During, Now & Next will be posted on line On October 20th .

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