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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 […]

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 […]

Françoise Grossen Selects


Exhibition from October 18, 2016 to March 15, 2017at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Again a proof that the textile artists who exhibited at the Lausanne Biennials are seeing a revival and a real appreciation of their achievements!This is happening at several places and I hope to report on many of these exhibitions or publications! Beatrijs Sterk Press text: In the 1960s, Françoise Grossen rejected the rectilinear loom that constrained contemporary weaving for an intuitive approach to fiber […]

Johanna Schütz-Wolff: Expressive Tapestries and graphic art


Exhibition from 1st October to 13 November at Castle Willard, 15 km north of Schwerin/Germany, organized by the Art Association Schwerin. In my blog entry to the exhibition of Johanna Schütz-Wolff in Leipzig I wrote: Johanna Schütz-Wolff is one of the artists unjustly ignored by history, despite the fact that she enjoyed greater initial success than, say, Anni Albers or Gunta Stölzl. Her wall hanging, “Die Liegende (Recumbent Woman)” was awarded a silver medal at the 1928 “Deutsche Kunst (German […]

Chiharu Shiota | Uncertain Journey

Chihara Shiota: Uncertain Journey

Exhibition from 17 September 2016 – 12 November 2016 at the gallery Blain/ Southern, Potsammer Street 77 – 78, Berlin. The Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, now very well know, represented her country at the Venice Biennial with the work “Key in the Hand”- A similar work now is on view in Berlin, a work that I consider very interesting from the point of view of textile art because here a painter is consistently using textile material to express feelings like […]