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chintz – cotton in bloom

Detail chintz palempore with flowers; photo © fotostudio Noorderblik

11 March until 10 September: chintz, cotton in bloom From 11 March until 10 September 2017 the Museum of Friesland in Leeuwarden presents a major exhibition of its extensive and well-preserved collection of chintz, the shiny, floral, hand-painted cotton from India that conquered 16th-century Europe. The beautiful patterns feel familiar while at the same time convey a special story. Objects displayed range from skirts, jackets, sun hats and regional clothing to wall hangings and blankets. The exhibition Chintz, cotton in […]

Miniartextil 2017

Janet Echelman by M. Totaro (1).blog.entry

For 2017 the 27th edition of the exhibition Miniartextil: a contemporary textile art exhibition is planned by the Cultural Association Arte&Arte. The theme is “borderline”, and the exhibition will be held in Como from October 7 to November 26 2017 in the ex church of San Francesco Conditions of Participation 1) The aim of the exhibition is to highlight fiber art as a means of artistic expression. 2) The chosen theme for the 27th edition of Miniartextil is “borderline,” which […]

The Rijswijk Textile Biennial

Kate Just/USA/AUS: Feminist Fan series: Yayoi Kusama, 2015, 60x38cm; wool

The fifth Rijswijk Textile Biennial will take place from 16 May to 24 September 2017 at Museum Rijswijk, Herenstraat 67, 2282 BR Rijswijk, Netherlands. Twenty-four international artists will be showing their fibre art. ‘Well-worn’ textile techniques like weaving, knitting and embroidery, combined with photography and digital processes, are used to express social and political themes, as well as personal stories. Powerful statements about oppression, terrorism, ageing and gender are wrapped in soft textiles. Art that poses questions. Questions that need […]

Entangled: Treads and Making, view at the exhibition

Anna Ray: "Margate Knot",2017, detail; community work commissioned for this exhibition

An interesting development has taken place in the field of art and textiles. Exhibitions featuring art by women have been organised in English-speaking countries, and some of them have included a large number of textiles. Examples are “Pathmakers: Women in Art” held at the Museum of Art & Design (MAD), New York, in 2015 and “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women”, presented by Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles in 2016. The latter event aimed to show […]

World of Wearable Art -WOW


This international wearable art competition in Wellington, New Zealand is the most prestigious at this moment. It takes place annually in September and is now announcing ist 29th edition. There is a total sum of 112.000 Euro available for awards & prizes; the Supreme WOW Award, the Susie Moncliff Award, the New Zealand Design Award, the Selection Prize, the First-Time Entrant Award, the Student Innovation Award, the Wearable Technology Award, the Sustainability Award and International Awards. Further there are internships […]

Wearable Expressions

Teresa Burrows, CDN: Caribou women the sun staff beadwork, detail; antler wood glass beads cord trim

This article was written by jury member Beatrijs Sterk for the catalogue of the 7th INTERNATIONAL WEARABLE EXPRESSIONS JURIED EXHIBITION AT PALOS VERDES ART CENTER, USA, February 9 – April 16, 2017 Wearable Expressions: wearable art designed for the human body in all media from separates to entire garments, to jewelry and a wide variety of accessories. It is always a pleasure to see an entire creative field – wearable art in this case – in the course of a jury process. […]

The 10th International Shibori Symposium of Oaxaca, Mexico

Traditional Costume Show

Held in Mexico from 16 to 20 November 2016, this symposium was the first I was able to attend. It was a great pleasure to experience it myself. The event attracted some 300 participants, most of them from the USA (130) followed by Japan (45), Mexico (17), Australia (15), Sweden (12), Chile (9), the UK (8), India (6) and a number of individual participants from other countries in Europe, Asia and Central and South America. The organisers – the World […]