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ITS ABOUT TIME: editorial march 4 2007
It is about time passing and trying to keep track of it. In the past 26 months we / I as both publisher and editor directed to the work of over 200 individual textile artist in exhibition announcements, reviews, profiles/ galleries and just in passing. I have told you about 40 odd exhibitions in a similar variety of ways and have written many many words. I have met and talked to dozens of artist curators educators and listen to all most as many during lectures and exhibition tours and the Textile Society of America's 10th biannual Symposium. In spite of a lack of editing, limited website design skills I have manage to get this done and have received encouragement and have slowly inspired others to become more involved as will become more apparent over the next few issues which are being worked on now by people in other parts of the country.
In this issue we follow a time line: starting in July with the opening of Fray at the Textile Museum and the Koffler Gallery ( delayed due to a power outage ) then on to Fibreworks 2006 in Cambridge at the end of August, September was Anna Torma at the Art Gallery of Hamilton reviewed by Carrol-ann Casselman and Marcia Huyer Tyvek installation at Hamilton Artist INC (which then moved to Artspace in Peterborough in January). October came with the TSA's symposium "Textile Narratives+Conversations" and the five exhibitions around it.
"Found in Translation" at the Japan Foundation is covered here by reprinting curator Arlene Gehring statement and artist information form the pamphlet produce to accompany the exhibition with their permissions. "And Now For Something Completely Different" at More then Just a Deli a cafe opened down the street from the MOCCA where "Unholy Alliance: art + fashion meet again" opened the same night is talked about in "In Conversation with Mary Kroetsch". "Hand Mind Body" at the Gladstone Hotel and Small Talk, a touring exhibition of student work from fibre departments country at the OCAD Student Gallery, both open on the evening of the first action packed day of the symposium.
It has been an extremely active six months in the local textile arts community, though most of these shows where group shows and brought in artist from across the country. This provided our American and International guest attending the TSA Symposium the opportunity to see some of the best Canada has to offer and I hope this issue gives a reasonable record. Not every show has been cover here, and the ones that are not as fully as they dissevered. My review of Fray was originally published in Issue 15 of the British textiles arts and design magazine Selvedge and has been republished here in its edited and longer original form for your perusal.
the last 26 months have also a time of significant lose. With Artichoke Magazine closing its doors in the fall of 2005 followed by the untimely death of its founder/ editor Paula Gustafson [February 25, 1941- July 11, 2006] we also lost Aiko Suzuki whose large note worthy architectural installations and sets for dance where part of a geography known to few. Bettina Matzkuhn who told me about Paula's death writes about her late discovery of Aiko's work, while I perhaps explain my reasons for producing this website when reminiscing about my brief but vital exchange with Paula.
Knowing there will always be more, enjoy this issue.