Textile Design Now / Design textile actuel

30. November bis 11. Februar 2024
UQAM Centre de design, Montréal, Kanada

An exhibition showcasing the work of women textile designers and artists!

Julia Moser, Crafting Futures Lab, präsentiert im Rahmen des Symposiums ihre Arbeit „Growing Patterns. Living Pigments“ und lädt zum Round-Table-Talk.

„Growing Patterns. Living Pigments“, Julia Moser, Textile & Video
Textile dyeing with living bacteria offers an exceptionally sustainable and resource-efficient method, free from harmful chemicals. Bacterial strains multiply in confined spaces, eliminating the need for extensive land, pesticides, or excessive water usage. After dyeing, nearly 100% of pigments remain in the fabric. Combining textile bacteria dyeing with traditional and modern technologies opens up endless possibilities for innovative textile patterns. This project aims to make the technique competitive by directing bacterial growth through various influencers to achieve defined textile patterns.

Curators: Louise Pelletier, Professor at the École de design, UQAM
Fabienne Münch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Design, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, Katharina Sand, Visiting Professor at the Akademie Mode & Design (AMD), Munich, Germany.

Guest curator (history component): Christina Contandriopoulos, professor at the Département d‘histoire de l‘art, UQAM, in collaboration with Theo Tyson, Curator of Fashion Arts at Boston‘s Museum of Fine Arts and Rebecca Leclerc, doctoral student in Études et pratiques des arts, UQAM.

Montreal, November 15, 2023 – The creation of soft materials will be in the spotlight at UQAM’s Centre de design with the exhibition Textile Design Now. In addition to the exhibition, a symposium entitled Textiles Beyond Crafts will take place on November 30th and December 1st 2023 and will include lectures, workshops and round tables.

Textile Design Now showcases 23 works by women textile artists and designers from fourteen countries: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States. This unique gathering will provide an opportunity to discover several previously unseen pieces.

At the cutting edge of textile design, these creators engage in varied and unexpected practices including weaving, 3D printing, sound-generating and solar textiles, bacterial dyeing, as well as the creation of replacement organs woven by silkworms.

The spatial arrangement of the textile works within the exhibition highlights the intertwining of tradition and innovation, experimental practices as well as the emotional potential of soft materials. A historical section and a selection of books offer insights into the rich origins of textile practices and the complexity of their cultural and societal roles.

„The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover the remarkable work of women designers over the past century, but more specifically, the exceptional contribution of today‘s women designers in the field of textile production,“ says Louise Pelletier, cocurator of the exhibition and professor at UQAM‘s École de design.

„Soft materials are part of everyday life in cultures and societies across the globe. They are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and innovation. We are delighted to present this exhibition which celebrates women artists and designers who are passionate about materials. It has been a great intellectual and emotional pleasure to put together this exhibition with Louise Pelletier, Katharina Sand, Christina Contandriopoulos and the team at the UQAM Design Centre.” says Fabienne Münch, co-curator of the exhibition and Chair of the Department of Design at Ohio State University.

„Textile practices fascinate me. They embody craftsmanship and ingenuity. Their sociocultural, economic and political impact is profound, while their aesthetics and tactility shape our everyday experience of the world. I‘m delighted that so many artists and designers can join us for the opening of the exhibition as well as the symposium Textile Beyond Craft, to weave a dynamic textile network,“ says Katharina Sand, co-curator of the exhibition and professor at the Akademie Mode & Design (AMD).

Artists and designers featured in the exhibition A+N Studio (Alissa van Asseldonk & Nienke Bongers), Yosi Anaya, Micheline Beauchemin, Estelle Bourdet, Felecia Davis, Aïssa Dione, Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Carla Hemlock, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Julia Koerner, Mari Koppanen, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Anke Loh, Ptolemy Mann, Julia Moser, Gulnur Mukazhanova, Veronica Ranner, Marie Schumann, Reiko Sudō, Hiroko Takeda, Suzanne Tick, Pauline van Dongen. The exhibition is open to the public from November 30th, 2023 until February 11th 2024, The exhibition will be closed for the winter holiday period from December 18th, 2023 until January 9th, 2024.

Symposium Textiles Beyond Crafts
The exhibition will be accompanied by the symposium Textiles Beyond Crafts which will take place on November 30th and December 1st, 2023. The symposium aims to create a dialogue within emerging practices in textile design. Highlights include lectures by exceptional women including the Mohawk textile artist, Carla Hemlock, the designer and director emeritus of Japan’s NUNO Textiles, Reiko Sudō, as well as the Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, theo tyson.

Symposium Program: textileaudeladelartisanat.uqam.ca
The symposium is open to all.