Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Montreal 10/02/2011: Jacquard 2 X 2 Montreal Tokyo, Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges.

Left to right: Mitsuko Akutsu, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Julianna Joos and Emiko Nakano they are standing in front of the diptych 'Flowers 2" by Louise [photo by Joe Lewis]

Jacquard 2x2 Montréal/Tokyo :
Emiko Nakano, Mitsuko Akutsu, Julianna Joos and Louise Lemieux Bérubé
January 22 to March 6, 2011

Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Montréal Québec

On the left the right side of the diptych 'Flowers 2"  on the right " Un orteil dans le vide" by  Louise Lemieux Bérubé
This exhibition was presented at the Embassy of Canada, Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo
September 9 – November 3, 2010 this is its Canadian premier.

"This exhibition presents works by Louise Lemieux Bérubé together with works by Canadian artist, Julianna Joos and Japanese artists, Emiko Nakano and Mitsuko Akutsu, all of whom have worked at the MCCT. Although all the artists use the Jacquard technique, each expresses her own themes in her own ways."

Also in the exhibition "L’envoiée", 2009, by Louise Lemieux Bérubé is made of Tencel, linen, wool, stainless steel and copper wire. Photo by Joe Lewis  at the launch of Textile Arts of the World: Canada from Telos Art Publishing at MCCT April 2009
Louise Lemieux Bérubé

Born In Montréal, Louise Lemieux Bérubé has received a BA at the Université du Québec á Montréal, She has studied Jacquard weaving at Rhode Island School of Design. Her woven textiles have received numerous mentions and honours in Canada and in many countries.
She has co-founded the Montréal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. She is the author of Le Tissage créateur (Creative Weaving) a comprehensive text book on weaving. She is recognized internationally for her knowledge and artworks on and computerized Jacquard weaving embroidery.*

Mitsuko Akutsu

Untitled work by Mitsuko Akutsu

Born in Tokyo, Mitsuko Akutsu has a BFA, in Industrial Design from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She has been studying Jacquard Weaving at The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) with a fellowship. She is a professor at the Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College.

She has had solo exhibitions: Computerized Jacquard Weaving, MCCT, (CANADA), Project Gallery Pronio-Arte (Tokyo).

Between 1980 and 2008, she has exhibited twelve times in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Her group shows are: Cut the Edge /Weave the Line/Textile Arts, Mobilia Gallery, Ca. (USA); About Jacquard, MCCT (CANADA); Computer Aided Textile Art, Wocoal Ginza Art Space (Tokyo), etc.*

Mitsuko Akutsu presenting her  jacquard woven artworks at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles in March 2009

Emiko Nakano

Emiko Nakano's jacquard "From Where to Where" 1 and 2

Born in Tokyo, Emiko Nakano has a B.A. from Tokyo Zokei University and Rikkyo University and an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art (USA). She is a former professor at Tokyo Zokei University.

She has had solo exhibitions at Tokyo Central Kaigakan (Tokyo), the Museum of Modern Art (Brazil) and the Senbikiya Gallery four times, among other venues. She has participated in juried exhibitions and has been invited to many group exhibitions in Japan and abroad. She has won several prizes the following events: Fiberart International (USA) three times, the International Triennial (Hungary), the Biennial of the Miniature (Poland), and the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts.*
2010, 195 X 87 cm, Cotton and Polyurethane
detail: the grass is a brocade and rises from the surface 
Julianna Joos
Prière series by Julianna Joos, 2009, 100 X 150 cm, cotton and natural linen.[Prière as in Pray rug]

Julianna Joos is a Canadian artist from Montréal. Her professional career started thirty years ago; she has had over twenty solo shows and has participated in more than a hundred group shows around the world. She has won two international awards: Premio Acqui (Italy, 2005) and Voir Grand (Montréal, 2002). She has started Jacquard weaving in 2004 after many years in printmaking. She has a BA from Concordia and a Masters degree from Université du Québec á Montréal. She presently teaches at Dawson College.

Prière 8 by Julianna Joos, 2009, 100 X 150 cm, cotton and natural line

If you are in Montreal or passing through between now and  March 6, take the opportunity to go and see this exhibition. In the passed 5 years I have seen the jacquard work of approximately 50 people exploring jacquard weaving. Most have been single pieces in large group shows sometimes 2 pieces, I was in a two person exhibition and have only had 2 opportunities to see solo exhibition. With hand woven jacquard being a relatively new process being used by artist, weavers and textile designers as a tool for making work and considering the expense of owning or accessing them creative evolution of the media has been slow. To see how these four artist use the loom to create an individual vocabulary and compare them is one way to develop a critical understanding of jacquard as a medium.


Louise Lemieux Bérubé
Julianna Joos

Jacquard Time Line
Weaver Franz J. Ippoldt discussing his non computer assisted jacquard hand work, at "jacquART Weaves; Franz J.Ippodlt" left Damask silk and right "Pogodenburg Garden" Velvet, 1998- 2003 60 meters. for the German National Museum, warp organzine silk , polchrome, weft: weft silk and sliver strips [photo:joe lewis]

Humming Bird by Stacey Harvey Brown. woven on a hand-jacquard sample loom from 1880s with a weaving width of just 13", and a four-shuttle drop box with flying shuttles. It is card-operated. This particular loom has a 3 repeat.Information and image provided by Stacey Harvey Brow
While computer assisted design and driven jacquard looms are where most of this exploration and creation is going on there are weavers such as Franz J.Ippoldt and Stacey Harvey Brown who are working by hand on non powered machines. Stacey Harvey Brown has a number of looms and runs workshops at her home in the Staffordshire Moorlands district in the UK. visit her website The Loom Room

Ruth Scheuing "Penelope Meets Ada Lovelace", computer assisted hand-woven Jacquard, 40 x 64", 2006  Shown in  "Binary Fiction : Digital Weaving 2010" at the Eisentranger- Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the Lincoln Campus downtown  During TSA 2010 symposium
Wen-Ying Huang from Taiwan: "Uniform" 2008, Stainless steel wire, coated copper. Double weave woven on a TC-1, sewing. 65 x 34 x 83.  Shown at “thinking different / thinking jacquART” July 26  September 6th 2009, Textile Centre Haslach. Austria
Petter Hellsing  from Sweden "Urban Weft" 2008/09, Jacquard woven, hand and machine embroidery cotton rayon, wood, 30 x 40 x 70 cm (each)part of 2009 Thinking Different Thinking JacquART [photo:Joe Lewis]
Laurie Addis, Extract 2, 2009, 51.5” X 30.5 “, Linen and silk painted warp, digital Jacquard, hand woven, Shown in  "Binary Fiction : Digital Weaving 2010" at the Eisentranger- Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the Lincoln Campus downtown  During TSA 2010 symposium
Detail of Extract 2
Exhibitions 2000 -2011  

e-textiles: ventures - jacquard weaving, 2000-02 group exhibition curated by Mariette Rousseau-Vermette, touring: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; + locations in Canada,
Australia and USA; CD-ROM catalogue.
Inspired design: Jacquard and Entrepreneurial Textiles: January 2008 at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonvill North Carolina. You Can read about this exhibition and conference in fQ Volume 5 Issue 2/ Spring 2009
thinking different / thinking jacquART July 26 September 6th 2009, Textile Centre Haslach. Austriayou can read this exhibition in fQ volume 5 Issue 2 Preview: thinking different/ thinking JacquART by Beatrijs Sterk

"jacquART Weaves; Franz J.Ippodlt" July 26 September 6th 2009, Textile Centre Haslach. Austria

Lia Cook: Faces and Mazes Curated by Wendy Weiss,  the Robert Hillestad Gallery at the University of Nebraska spring of 2009. Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto (April 9 - October 17, 2010)
Read my profile of Lia Cook in fQ Volume 6 Issue 2/ summer 2010 Looking at Lia Cook through the Maze:

"Binary Fiction : Digital Weaving 2010" curated by Janice Lessman-Moss at the Eisentranger- Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the Lincoln Campus

Anna Zaharakos, Studio Z , Prototypical jacquard woven  chair cover weaving with application to the chair. presented at Inspired Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textile January 2008

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