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  • Sue Sturdy, Knit camBRIDGE installation, 2010
  • Lyn Carter, Beacon, 2011

Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | December 22, 2020

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a series of curated content just for you with each post focusing on a new theme.

On July 31st we are looking forward to opening our doors at Queen's Square Gallery for the first time since the COVID19 pandemic hit back in March. Fibreworks 2020 will be the exhibition on view and trust us when we say this is one to savor. This is our 18th edition of this popular biennial juried show and it may just be the best one yet. To celebrate, join us as we explore all things fibre.

Get started by checking out the Textile Museum of Canada's collection. We especially love the "tea cozies" section.

Watch this short documentary by Andreas Trauttmansdorff about local fibre artist, Sue Sturdy. Knit Wit documents her epic project to yarn bomb the Main Street bridge - Knit camBRIDGE which shared an opening with our Fibreworks 2010 show.

Speaking of past shows, take a trip down memory lane with a look back at the last 10 years of Fibreworks exhibitions:
Fibreworks 2010
Fibreworks 2012
Fibreworks 2014
Fibreworks 2016
Fibreworks 2018

Don't forget, our fibre art collection is always open online. Look for your favourite pieces or discover a new favourite here.

There are a very wide range of techniques included in the genre of fibre arts. Explore a few of the basic techniques for yourself through these video tutorials.
Finger Knitting
Embroidery for Beginners
Wet Felting
Abstract Textile Collage

Check out this article from This Is Colossal about 84 contemporary artists who are redefining and re-imaging embroidery as a technique or this article about life-sized embroidered sculptures by Bejing-artist, Gao Rong.

In 2001, Historic Scotland commissioned the recreation of the lost Unicorn Tapestries. A team of 18 weavers from around the world worked for 14 years before completing all 7 tapestries using traditional methods. Learn more about this project by watching this video and then watch this time-lapse video.

El Anatusi is an artist from Ghana who works in Nigeria. He takes everyday materials such as bottle caps, milk tins, and printing plates and transforms them into large-scale thematic installations that often resemble textiles. Learn about El Anatusi and his practice with these two short videos from Art21:
Extended Play
Language and Symbols

Bonus Content**

Lyn Carter: material becomings. Borrow this catalogue published by Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives and Cambridge Art Galleries that complements this exhibition and then learn more about Lyn Carter's Beacon the beautiful piece in our permanent collection that can be found in the Young Adult section of our Queen's Square library on the main floor. 

Christo: Wrapped Coast
"In 1969 Christo traveled to Australia where he wrapped a mile and a half of the continental coastline in a mesmerizing synthetic fabric, calling it Wrapped Coast. Whether it be positive or negative, the artist's creations consistently inspire a strong response and encourage us to think about the spaces we occupy and what they mean to our everyday life."

Riverblue: Can Fashion Save The Planet?
"This film spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world's most pollutive industries, fashion. Blue jeans, one of our favourite iconic products, has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on the waterways for their survival. Following international river conservationist Mark Angelo and narrated by clean water supporter, Jason Priestly, RIVERBLUE examines the destruction of our rivers, its effects on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future."

Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art presents the work of six Canadian artists who merge the material and conceptual approaches of craft and art in this catalogue was a collaboration between Carelton University Art Gallery and Cambridge Art Galleries.

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