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Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social Fabric

October 14, 2011

Now showing at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, (GoMA) is the beautiful textile exhibition, Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social Fabric

Rather than drooling heavily as I try to sum up in words my love of the work in this show, it’s incredible craftsmanship, resplendent with meaning and storytelling, here’s the exhibition summary from GoMA’s website:

“Threads transformed through knitting, weaving, looping and stitching are the most flexible of materials. Often carrying significant personal and cultural narratives, they move across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provide important links between people, places and ways of life. Threads also have the capacity to unravel, opening up possibilities for innovation, discord and creative change.

Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary textiles from the Gallery’s Australian, Asian and Pacific Collections, ‘Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social Fabric’ celebrates the ways in which contemporary artists explore and extend the textile medium. Many works draw on traditional textile practices while also engaging new technologies, materials and imagery to reflect and transform existing social, political and cultural conditions. Through the visually striking designs, skilled techniques and richly textured surfaces of contemporary textiles, the exhibition investigates their function as a form of skin or interface with other cultures, the use of abstraction and rhythm to engage with local environments, the weaving of new histories and ideas of nation, and the continued vitality of garden imagery.”

Now, go and see it… Threads continues until 5 February 2012 and I intend on making multiple visits!

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