Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
This annual exhibition features works selected from the Cambridge Galleries’ collection of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art.
The collection is unique in Canada, featuring works that demonstrate the wide diversity and ingenuity of Canadian artists working with textile based materials. The permanent collection has developed over the past 20 years and represents an important link with the City of Cambridge’s textile heritage.
Works by artists Li Chai, Sonia Haberstich, Sylvia Kind and Kathryn Walter acquired for our collection from Fibreworks 2008 will be featured in this exhibition at Design at Riverside.
Kathryn Walter was born in 1963. She has maintained a studio practice since 1990, working at the intersection of visual art, design and material culture. She received a BA in Art History from Queen's University in 1985, and has since worked and studied in Vancouver (BFA, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, 1989), and Montreal (MFA, Concordia University, 1993).
In 1995, she returned to her home town of Toronto where she currently lives. In 2000 she founded FELT, a company, a studio and a label, to explore modern industrial felt through exhibitions, a product line and feature wall installations, collaborating with architects across Canada and the United States, including Levitt-Goodman Partners for Native Child and Family Services, Lemay Michaus Architecture for Google Montreal, superkül for Aesop Toronto, Johnson Chou Architects for Red Bull Toronto, Yazdani Studio for The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and Diller Scofidio + Renfro for their office in New York. Walter's work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Oakville Galleries, Idea Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, The DX Design Museum and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC.
In 2015 she founded dittybag, as a division of FELT, with her partner Greg Woodbury to develop a series of projects about mending, and make use of remnants and stock her design projects. Walter and Woodbury's combined backgrounds in textiles, design, art and film provide a unique set of tools to shed a modern light on a fading practice. dittybag takes the form of events, partnerships and an on-line magazine with an aim to resonate in a world where so much stuff with so little meaning is produced in excess everyday.
Walter walks a line between the functional and experimental with some projects exploring form and others using irony and humour to raise questions about the world we live in. She has found a balance in a viable and critical art practice.