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david knight

Is it hand made and who tells you the who what when where and why of it?
Needle point settee by DJ Knight, wool ( photo with colour block by me) 


I have been tracking the number of Textile focused exhibitions in Canada that have been getting reviewed  since 2008 and there have been some notable changes. Since the Textile Museum of Canada mounted Jennifer Angus: A Terrible Beauty Nov 26, 2005 - May 14, 2006 and had what might be considered a "Block Buster" the exhibitions they put on are getting noticed in the mainstream media outlets, newspapers and television as well as in the mainstream art press which in Canada is Canadian Art and when they do cover the textile Museum it is on their website rather then in print. An other change comes from institution like the University of Toronto and Ryerson University having course work that puts students directly into the Textile Museum of Canada doing research which has resulted in the Student newspapers publishing reviews of exhibitions. With the increase in corporate/ non personal and personal blogs the appearance of reviews is increasing with the corporate interest seemingly about showing Toronto/ Canada as a with it tourist or shopping location and are we (the corporation) sophisticated in our appreciation of the Hand Made and the "Cultural" it may just be window dressing or green washing but some how they hold more legitimacy then the personal blog. The Decor, Design and Fashion oriented blogs are also presenting articles on and  of textile exhibitions. 

While most of the writing in corporate tends to be slight and more often then not, ill informed on the technical aspects of making the objects, which is disappointing and rather shocking when it is a Design or fashion focused Blog. They are writing about  objects as commodities which can be bought  to prop your lifestyle with a bit of are we good for buying local and hand made thrown in. The number of personal blogs that exist are overwhelming and you have search for writing that is more informed and you will find them but it is interesting that the credentials of the writer become suspect it they also promote their own work along with the work of others. Most of what you find on line has a commercial aspect which some how the printed outlets in spite of being commercial business still carry more influence. A review in the Toronto Star" while not the "New York Times" simply carries more weight then any thing I put in my blog. 

While this "Sampler" is not a complete list it gives examples from a different types of outlets' be they print or on line. Take the time to read these pieces and think of how you respond to them.

neptune's children

Screen shot of  Dale Roberts  2007 exhibition "Neptune’s Children" at Jeffery Boone Gallery in Vancouver reviewed by Yvonne Owens fQ Volume 3 Issue 2 Spring 2007

2013 Exhibitions


Marimekko, With Love,Textile museum of Canada,  January 21, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Curated by: Shauna McCabe

Toronto Star: Published on Mon Jan 21 2013, Textile Museum explore the history of Marimekko and its iconic poppy. By: Nancy J. White Living Reporter, http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/01/21/textile_museum_exhibit_explores_the_history_of_marimekko_and_its_iconic_poppy.html

 National Post February 5, 2013 8:00 AM ET Textile Museum revisits Karelia and Marimekko by Kelvin Browne


INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion, Photos by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers

Beaty Biodiversity Museum [natural history museum], 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver February 7 - May 5, 2013 http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/invoking-venus

 Georgia Straight Mar 19, 2013 Invoking Venus: Feathers and Fashion illustrates the nature of sexual attraction, by Robin Laurence



Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala, May 29, 2013 - Jan 12, Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy, Artists Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel and Jean-Marie Simon

Digital Journal Jul 25, 2013,   Review: Ancestry and Artistry — Maya textiles at the Textile Museum  By Elka Weinstei http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/355139

The Newspaper (UofT Independent paper) JUN 19, 2013  Ancestry and Artistry  BY Jane Alice Keachie http://www.thenewspaper.ca/the-inside/ancestry-and-artistry/


La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais , August 21- October various Venues,Organized by Gabby and Toma Ewen

Surface Design Association News Blog 11/25/ 2-13 Textile Travel in Canada: Triennale Outaouais 2013 by Joe lewis

A  Natural Phenomenon : Susan Taber Avila, Art-image et espace Odyssée,Maison de la culture, 855, Blvd De la Gappe, Gatineau, Quebec,

fibreQUARTERLY Volume 10 Issue 1 Summer 2014 reviewed by Joe lewis http://www.velvethighway.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=336&Itemid=124

Farandole: Perspectives on Western Canadian Metis Culture ,  Textile Museum of Canada, Sep 18, 2013 - Nov 14, 2013, Colette Balcaen of Manitoba, Pascal Jaouen from France working with Manitoba embroiderers Jennine Krauchi and Jenny Meyer, and weaver Carol James,

The Varsity (U of T) 30 September 2013 Vol CXXXIV, No. 05  “Threading our cultural roots:Re-imagining Western Métis culture through couture and art”, By Ishita Petkar



Fictions and Legends: Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre, Textile Museum of Canada,  December 11, 2013 - April 13, 2014 Curated by: Sarah Quinton

Toronto Star Published on Sat Dec 14 2013 Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre: Fictions and Legends at the Textile Museum of Canada, By: Murray Whyte Visual arts, http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2013/12/14/heather_goodchild_and_jrme_havre_fictions_and_legends_at_the_textile_museum_of_canada.html

 Canadain Art website: POSTED: JANUARY 13, 2014, Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre: Fictions and Legends By Leah Sandals http://www.canadianart.ca/reviews/2014/01/13/heather-goodchild-jerome-havre/#sthash.iC7xo9gp.dpuf


 screen shot Big

Screen Shot of PDF of  Selvedge Issue 50 "Ethnographic" Jan /Feb 2013. review of "BIG" multiple curators Patricia Harris Gallery of Costume and Textiles, The Royal Ontario Museum , November 2012- fall 2013,  by Joe Lewis p 88

2014 Exhibtions


Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape , January 18th, 2014 to April 6th, 2014 Museum London, 421 Ridout St. North, London, Ontario

The exhibition moves to the Confederation Centre for the Arts in, Charlottetown, PE October 5 2014 - January 25 2015, organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton, and Roxane Shaughnessy.

reviews from intainal showing at the TMC

The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Jun. 08 2012 Post-industrial anxiety, made one stitch at a time” by RM Vaughan  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/post-industrial-anxiety-made-one-stitch-at-a-time/article4241510/

 Canadian Art, website POSTED: JULY 5, 2012,"Dreamland: Weaving the National Imagination by Gillian MacKay http://www.canadianart.ca/reviews/2012/07/05/dreamland-textile-museum/


From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru , Textile Museum of Canada, Jan 29, 2014 - May 25, 2014 

Selvedge issue 58, May June 2014  reviewed by Meghan Collins, View p 92-93

Dorothy Caldwell: Silent Ice / Deep Patience , Art Gallery of Peterborough March 21- June 22 2014 

 Artlyst posted  May 4 2014, “Of the Earth Looking at Dorothy Caldwell’s Silent Ice Deep Patience” by Joe Lewis , ,  http://www.artlyst.com/member-articles/of-the-earth-looking-at-dorothy-caldwell-silent-ice-deep-patience

 Modernist Aesthetic: posted Monday May 5, 2014 review by Judith Martin



Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting, IZAdaptive (2009-present), by Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4, ROM: June 21, 2014 to January 25, 2015

 Mode Connect  posted June 19 2014 "Exhibition – Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting" by Ingrid Mida  http://modeconnect.com/fashion-follows-form-designs-for-sitting-exhibition-royal-ontario-museum

Toronto Star: Tue Jun 24 2014, "Fashion, and dignity, for the mobility challenged in new ROM exhibit", By: Murray Whyte  http://www.thestar.com/life/fashion_style/2014/06/24/fashion_and_dignity_for_the_mobility_challenged_in_new_rom_exhibit.html


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