London Design Festival: New Artist Textiles from Canada


Display Dates: 16 – 18 September 2016
The Textile Museum of Canada’s Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles display presents fabric designs by 10 Canadian artists in conjunction with the London Design Festival 2016. Featuring artists Kim Adams, Jaime Angelopoulos, Bill Burns, Lyn Carter, Bonnie Devine, Ed Pien, Tazeen Qayyum, Anu Raina, Seth and Gary Taxali.

Curated by Shauna McCabe and Sarah Quinton, Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles from Canada is a landmark project showcasing ten contemporary artists commissioned to extend their interdisciplinary explorations in the form of printed fabrics. Printable on demand, the fabrics will be available to the public here for the first time outside of North America. There has been a resurgence of interest in artist textiles, following publication of new research in the book Artists’ Textiles 1940–1976 by Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain and Annamarie Phelps and the exhibition Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2014, buoyed by interest in mid-century modern. Combining art and industry, textile production facilitates creative investigation at the boundaries of craft, fashion and design. Highlighting the spirit of design in everyday life, Greater Toronto brings together highly visual works with critical appeal, each exploring global conversations about contemporary culture and collective landscapes.

Greater Toronto is made possible with the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council. The Textile Museum of Canada is also grateful for the support of the Fashion and Textile Museum, Emerson Design and Entcounsel.

The London Design Festival (17-25 September 2016) is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.

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