Mylène Boisvert, Linen Field #2 (detail), 2013, Saint-Armand linen paper, handmade paper yarn. Photographed by Karly Boileau, 2021

Spin, Twirl, Twist

Artists: Margaret Ballantyne, Mylène Boisvert, Marianne Burlew, Lyn Carter, Susan Warner Keene, Sylvia Kind, Barbara Todd,
Mindy Yan Miller

September 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021
Preston Gallery

Curated by Karly Boileau

In Greek mythology, one’s life is predetermined by three sisters, collectively known as the Fates, who sit “spinning, twirling and twisting the threads of our destinies.” While our destinies may not actually be tied to a thread, fibres and textiles are found everywhere—from the commonplace to the unconventional.

The works in this exhibition, selected from Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art, offer a reflection on the impact and influence of textiles on our lives. Like the Fates, each artist in this exhibition has spun, twirled, and twisted their own stories exploring textiles in relation to the human condition, relationships, identity, the familiar, and the hidden.

  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
    Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee
  • Spin, Twirl, Twist (installation view), 2021, Photo: Scott Lee