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 Marie Pierre Daigl: copper and mixed fibre weaving with glass 2006-2007 

The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles has a reputation for technical exploration in textile design, and this year’s graduates are no exception.  They are a small but varied group, with work spanning all aspects of the school’s curriculum.  Weaving, knitting, felting, and embroidery—the Annual Exhibition is a chance for students to present the results of their personal research into whatever form of textile creation they choose, which leads to a diverse, yet balanced, collection of works.

 
Upon entering the gallery I was struck with a sense of calm, because despite the range of work on display, the six exhibiting artists are unified by their attention to detail, unassuming aesthetic, and consideration of material.  Although this is a student exhibition, the work is remarkably mature.  Many of the students have come to MCCT after pursuing other studies or careers, and the result is designs that are self-aware and deeply rooted in the artists’ identities and environments.

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It is not surprising at a textiles exhibition to find that environment is a key theme, and here the usual suspects are present: the natural world and its collision with the artificial; the domestic environment and the comforts of home.  The themes are universal but their realisation is not; what startles here is the closeness of each gesture, the subtlety that is easy to miss but very much worth looking for.

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The knitted works of Dahlia Milon and Lynne Geoffré are studies in texture—Milon’s scarves evoke the transitory nature of water through her repetitive gestures while Geoffré explores the nature of clothing as skin in an urban environment.  Marie Pierre Daigle’s sculptures speak of contradiction, as she juxtaposes linen and felt with rubber tubing, flame-blown glass, and copper wire.  Even these, though, are careful, considered, each incongruous element contributing to a harmonious whole.  Isis Lachapelle explores pattern and weaving techniques in her simple block garments, while Carole Duchesne presents an idealized version of Madonna and Child through a series of knitted and embroidered artefacts that celebrate what we suppose to be the gentler side of domesticity.  Accompanying photographs by Louise Lemieux-Bérubé , one of the founders of the school, are touching but may distract from the tactile beauty of the work itself.

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The spirit of the exhibition is perhaps best captured in Annie Vigneault’s jacquard-woven lampshade in cotton thread and silver wire: an innovative combination of materials and careful design create a beautiful piece, but Vigneault lets the textile speak for itself, giving equal attention to the finishing details that make her installation come to life.  It is an expression of the school’s mandate to explore the possibilities of textile through creativity and technology, merging concept and creation in equal proportions to achieve and result that is solid and considered.

 
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