Friday, April 02, 2010

talk about One of a Kind [Toronto Spring 2010]

after looking at the schools i had a bit of time to look at the "green" themed exhibition/ display and was struck by these bizarre blows made of vegetation

Diane DeRoo
Botanical Art
Booth: P-04
Kamloops, BC

to see more photo's from Toronto One of a Kind Spring 2010  take a look at my facebook album 

March 31 2010, One of a Kind , weave in 

April is upon us and there are many things to do, but I am Spackleing holes and painting walls and getting ready for an exhibition 

The Gallery @ 2

 2 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Ontario

April 8 -25, 2010

opening April 10 2-6 pm 

fibreQUARTERLY and Berkeley Castle, present an exhibition of two Jacquard weavers; Kathy Schicker and Joe Lewis.

Kathy Schicker is a British textile designer; researcher and member of the textile design collective Puff & Flock.

Joe Lewis lives in Toronto and is a weaver, textile writer and the publisher of fibreQUARTERLY. They met at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles in 2004 while studying Jacquard textile design.

This is an exhibition of firsts: their first exhibition together, Schicker’s first exhibition in Toronto and Lewis’s first showing in Toronto since 2000.

 Kathy Schicker Blue Dress

Kathy Schicker is presenting work based on archival and family photos through which she delves into the legacy of human relations. She is drawn to this practice because it marries two passions: photography and weaving. It enables her to translate striking images and poignant family portraits into woven fabric and lets her explore themes of home, family, memory and loss with an intimacy inherent to textiles. “Weaving these family photographs and watching them develop line by line on the loom becomes, for me, akin to reconstructing lost family relationships and weaving together past and present.”

Joe Lewis "Mud Flap Boy"

Joe Lewis uses Jacquard weave process to continue themes of identity and location (landscape) established in his painting and performance work of the eighties and nineties. As a gay artist he is inspired by the ways the female form historically has been manipulated to create desire, rendering it benign. His imagery of men lingering on the sidelines watching, having a smoke, taking a deep breath, waiting, is similarly seductive and passive. 'Muscle man' silhouettes are reduced to decoration inspired by upholstery fabrics. Lewis juxtaposes colour, pattern and texture to create textiles that cry out to be touched. But - don’t.

The show has been created in recognition of the Berkeley Castle's industrial textile heritage as the Joseph Simpson Knitting Mill 1861 -1945 and as part of the 20th year anniversary of the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles and fibreQUARTERLY on-line 


more events to be listed but not until after my opening 



1 comment:

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