Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles
Textile Museum of Canada
Natalia Nekrassova and Susan Warner Keene
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques - weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery - that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The authors discuss the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell. The publication also features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments.
Textile Museum of Canada (07/2017) 148 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 9780980908862 $29.95 Can. $34.95 U.S.
Economie domestique: 150 ans de tapis au crochet canadiens
Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy
Économie domestique explore les histoires uniques qui sont à l’origine des tapis au crochet au pays. Mettant en vedette plus de 100 tapis tirés de la collection de Musée, cette catalogue d’exposition présente des générations de l’entrepreneuriat artisanal, le travail domestique et collectif des femmes, ainsi que le développement rural au Canada.
Textile Museum of Canada (03/2017) 48 pp col. ill. 7.5 x 8.5 in softcover 9780980908855 $22.95 Can. $24.95 U.S.
Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs
Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy
Featuring dozens of hooked rugs from the Museum's rich archive, this strikingly illustrated publication documents generations of artisanal entrepreneurship, women’s domestic and collective work, as well as rural development in Canada. Among the significant pieces are rugs by Emily Carr, an array of Grenfell mats hooked in Newfoundland and Labrador beginning in 1892 using kits distributed by the Grenfell Mission to generate income, and those designed by artists and hooked by local women for sale to tourists visiting Quebec led by Georges-Édouard Tremblay and Clarence Gagnon. Later rugs include those by the “Gagetown Hookers” - Lydia and Raymond Scott - as well as contemporary pieces by Nancy Edell, Deanne Fitzpatrick, Hannah Epstein and Joanna Close, Barbara Klunder and Heather Goodchild, and Yvonne Mullock. With examples of material reuse and recycling by early Canadian settlers to today’s thriving art practices, Home Economics highlights the same impulses at play over two centuries - craft innovation that embraces aesthetic practice, traditional technique and vernacular design, producing vibrant expressions of creativity as well as regional identity and national cultural heritage.
Textile Museum of Canada (12/2015) 48 pp col. ill. 7.5 x 8.5 in softcover 9780980908848 $22.95 Can. $24.95 U.S.
The history of Canadian collecting practices and cultural context of the Oriental rug production is highlighted with a beautifully illustrated display of over 70 distinctive rugs, horse and camel decorations, and tent bands and bags from Central and West Asia – regions well known for the richness of their rug weaving traditions developed by diverse cultures and peoples. The accompanying essays trace Canadian social history as reflected in rug collecting practices and incorporates interviews with collectors, dealers, curators and business owners. The many items presented are drawn from 30 private collections and public institutions. In English and French.
From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections
Natalia Nekrassova, Neil Brochu, Sarah Fee, Michael Gervers, Max Allen and Michele Hardy
Textile Museum of Canada (10/2014) 168 pp 88 col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 9780980908831 $29.95 Can. $34.95 U.S.
Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Whether worn for religious ceremonies or as an emblem of ethnic pride, textiles offer a medium for innovation and creative expression, as well as a marketable product for the tourist industry. Through a range of perspectives reflecting on Maya identity and the effects of global influences on culture and community life in Guatemala,this thoroughly illustrated publication traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation. With contributions from James C. Langley, Rosario Miralbés de Polanco, Ann Pollard Rowe, Donna E. Stewart and Mary Anne Wise; and exhibitors Andrea Aragón, Jean-Marie Simon, Verónica Riedel. In English and French.
Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala
Textile Museum of Canada (06/2013) 120 pp 60 col. ill 8.625 x 8.625 in softcover 978-0-9809088-2-4 $29.95 Can $34.95 U.S.
Marimekko, With Love
Shauna McCabe. With contributions from Janis Kravis and Armi Ratia
Part of the broader mid-century modern ethos, Marimekko made its first forays into fabric and fashion design in 1951 and would change the visual landscape indelibly. Marimekko, With Love highlights the Finnish company’s early international growth under the leadership of Armi Ratia and the personal relationships that shaped its impact in North America. Featuring classic patterns from Marimekko’s dynamic design history, the publication also includes a rich array of documentary materials that provide insight into the company’s introduction to audiences in Canada and the United States through the dialogues between Ratia and the founders of design studios such as Karelia in Toronto, Ontario and Design Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Including over 50 images reproduced in full colour, many never published before, as well as original contributions by Armi Ratia and Janis Kravis, founder of Toronto’s Karelia, this book is essential reading for those wishing to understand mid-century design and the social relationships at the heart of global culture.
Textile Museum of Canada (05/2013) 95 pp 54 col. ill. 8 x 6.5 in softcover 978-0-9809088-1-7 $24.95 Can. $27.95 U.S.
Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic - A Thirty-five Year Retrospective
In his celebrated minimalist sculptures Kai Chan employs materials and techniques that speak to both tradition and modernity. Working with common objects such as thread, twigs and buttons, Chan alters the nature of what constitutes sculpture and what constitutes textiles by transforming elements of the natural world to evoke geographical boundaries and cultural influences. This 35-year retrospective publication features works created between 1975 and 2010, many of which are shown here for the first time. Born in China in 1940, Kai Chan immigrated to Canada in 1966. Since the 1970s he has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. His work is in many prominent collections such as the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Kai Chan’s work is critically received equally within the discipline of textiles and the visual arts in general. He participated in the prestigious 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1985, and the equally notable International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland in 2001. Published with the Varley Art Gallery. In English and French.
Textile Museum of Canada (06/2011) 88 pp 45 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9735896-6-5 $35.00 Can. $40.00 U.S.
When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread
Allyson Mitchell, Jennifer Sorkin & Sarah Quinton
This survey of some of Chicago’s most important contributions in cloth, highlights both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to the present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs “technique as content” in her major projects featured here including The Birth Project (1980-1985), The Holocaust Project (1993), Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present) and Chicago’s most recent work If Women Ruled the World (2008). Essayists discuss the labour-intensive nature of Chicago’s textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork. Five artists who take this notion to heart are also profiled, underscoring Chicago’s ongoing influence and creating an intergenerational dialogue with : Orly Cogan, (New York, New York), Wednesday Lupypciw (Calgary, Alberta), Cat Mazza (Troy, New York), Gillian Strong (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (New York, New York). Copublished with the Art Gallery of Calgary.
Textile Museum of Canada (2009) 106 pp col ill. 1 1 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9736656-9-7 $35.00 Can. $37.95 U.S.
Jennifer Angus: A Terrible Beauty
Eve-Lyne Beaudry & Sarah Quinton
Jennifer Angus’ new series of site-specific installations reference the beauty of historical Victorian European ornament and its relationship to nature. Her all-over designs represent flora and fauna and create an ordered version of the wild through stylization and repetition. However by using over fifteen thousand pinned tropical insects of various forms, hues and sizes to create these patterns, Angus challenges the viewer’s notion of attraction and repulsion, comfort and discomfort. Publication documenting a series of three exhibitions, at the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Dennos Museum. In English and French.
Textile Museum of Canada / Musée d’art de Joliette (09/2008) 88 pp col. ill. 9 x 8 in softcover 978-2-921801-40-9 $30.00 Can./U.S.
Wandering Weavers: Nomadic Traditions of Asia / Les tisserands errants : Traditions nomades d'Asie
The Textile Museum of Canada holds an wide variety of traditional textiles from Asia and Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. Through these textiles, the author draws a picture of traditional nomadic life, a life that is gradually vanishing as a result of rapid social and economic changes.
Le Musée du textile du Canada détient une variété extraordinaire de textiles traditionnels de l'Asie centrale, l'Afghanistan, l'Iran et la Turquie. En français et anglais.
Textile Museum of Canada (06/2006) 48 pp 25 col. ill. 10 x 10 in softcover ISBN: 0-9736656-4-5 $19.00