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. ($32.00 U.S./ 24 €)
The Blues: A Resource Guide
Publication intended to support the explorations of teachers and learners in cross-disciplinary investigations of cloth. Teachers can integrate resources and activities in the guide into a variety of series. "The Blues" refers to the Museum's collection of traditional African pieces and contemporary Canadian pieces, both of which use denim in their work.
Textile Museum of Canada (02/2008) 24 pp col. ill. 9 x 7.5 in 978-0-9736656-8-0 $10.00 (8 €)
Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Popular Culture
An examination of the use of idioms and images from popular culture in the work of contemporary textile artists from Canada and the United States. Participating artists Ai Kijima, Scott Kildall, Allyson Mitchell, Mark Newport and Michèle Provost explore popular myth, comic book heroics and contemporary social and sexual mores through their material practices of knitting, appliqué, embroidery and crochet. Their evident skill and craftsmanship acknowledges traditional craft values even as their cultural and critical sensibilities position them within more recent "neo-craft" practices.
Dalhousie Art Gallery / Textile Museum of Canada (01/2008) 48 pp 17 col. ill. 11.5 x 8 in softcover 978-0-7703-2755-2 $25.00 (20 €)
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. The textiles discussed include a broad range of items made by nomadic people of Central and West Asia: Turkmen, Kazakh and Kirghiz, Uzbek, Baluch and Shahsevan, Bakhtiari, Kurds and Qashqai. The rugs, tents, clothing and animal gear show various textile techniques.
Le Musée du textile du Canada détient une variété extraordinaire de textiles traditionnels (incluant des tapis, des tentes et des vêtements) de l'Asie centrale, l'Afghanistan, l'Iran et la Turquie. L'auteure dessine, à travers ces textiles, une vision de la vie nomade traditionnelle, une existence qui, dû à des changements sociaux et économiques rapides, se trouve en voie de disparition. 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 Can/U.S. (15 €)
Thor Hansen: Crafting a Canadian Style
A long overdue review of the work of Canadian textile designer Thor Hansen (1903-1974). Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Danish émigré was a popular artist, designer and tireless promoter of the craft movement in Canada. Incorporating the iconography of the Group of Seven and the teachings of William Morris, Hansen's printed textiles and decorative arts were displayed in many executive work environments as well as at public events such as Expo '67. Fifteen colour plates illustrate his original designs. Rachel Gotlieb is the author of Design in Canada (Key Porter, 2004)
Textile Museum of Canada (2005) 34 pp 26 ill (15 col) 9 x 9 in softcover 0-9736656-1-0 $9.95 (8 €)
Boys With Needles
Anne-Marie Larsen & Robin Metcalfe
Catalogue of an exhibition of four gay male artists who use fibre to express their sexual philosophies and to incite dialogue about the role of queer culture in religion, technology, media and the arts. Two essays elucidate the intentions and ramifications of the artistic production of David Grenier, Neil MacInnis, Thomas Roach and Patrick Traer.
Museum London / Textile Museum of Canada (2003) 16 pp 10x7 in 9 col. ill. 1895800838 $5.95 Can./U.S.
Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture
An exploration of two thousand years of Mexican, Central and South American history through the holdings of the country's most important collections, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Objects and textiles, both ancient and contemporary and rarely seen outside of museum storage facilities, are featured in the interactive, image-rich environment of a CD-Rom. With a curatorial essay, editorial sections by field experts, graphics and an index. Of particular use to the teacher and researcher but accessible to school-children. By having the Virtual Museum of Canada site on the CD Rom, the project is accessible to those without internet-access.
Textile Museum of Canada (2002) CD-Rom with 12 page ill. booklet 5x5.5 in 0973131802 $20.00 (Can./U.S.)
Janet Morton: Wool Work
Through her juxtaposition of the traditional techniques of knitting with contemporary subject matter, Janet Morton demonstrates the flexibility and richness of textiles as a contemporary art making medium. Not restricted by disciplinary limits, her work combines installation, sculpture and performance. Morton's monumental hand knit works have been exhibited throughout the country, notably at The Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Textile Museum of Canada (2001) 17 pages 25 ill. (23 col.) 7x7 in. 0968441165 $10. 00 (Can./U.S.)
Comfort Zones: Textiles in the Canadian Landscape
Marijke Kerkhoven & Sarah Quinton
The fascinating story of the complex relationship of Canadians to their country and its environment is told through textiles. It is a story based not only on the search for personal comfort in a harsh environment but on the search for beauty and solace. Artists range from Albert Lohnes (b. 1894) to Emily Carr and Joyce Wieland. With analyses of individual works and artist biographies.
Textile Museum of Canada (2001) 32 pages 18 ill. (12 col.) 7x7 in. 0968441181 $10. 00 (Can./U.S.)
On Growth and Form: Textiles and the Engineering of Nature
Philip Beesley, Rachel MacHenry & Evelyn Michalofski
Artists and designers reveal how art, science and nature are intertwined when it comes to the creation and utilization of textile structures. Participants include Kenneth Snelson, the inventor of 'tensegrity', the structural system made famous by Buckminster Fuller, Ann Richards whose textile practice focuses on biomechanics, and Sophie Roët who combines technology with the hand weaving process to develop new and hybrid textiles.
Textile Museum of Canada (2001) 32 pages 16 ill. (10 col.) 7x7 in. 096844119x $10. 00 (Can/U.S.)
Celebrating Virtue: Prestige Costume and Fabrics of Late Imperial China
John. E. Vollmer
Textile Museum of Canada (2000) 16 pages 17 col. ill. 10x8 in. 0968441173 $9.95 (Can./U.S.)
Felt: Social History, Technical Processes, Artists' Projects
Kathryn Walter et al.
Textile Museum of Canada (2000) 84 pages 78 ill. 8.5x5.5 in. softcover 0968441149 $15.00 (Can./U.S.)
Stitching Women's Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India
Dorothy Caldwell & Sky Morrison
Textile Museum of Canada (1999) 35 pages 20 ill. (9 col.) 8.5x8.5 in. softcover 0968441130 $18.00 (Can./U.S.)
Gather Beneath the Banner: Political and Religious Banners of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union 1877-1932
Wendy Harker & Max Allen
Textile Museum of Canada (1999) 63 pages 39 ill. (6 col.) 0968441111 $20.00 (Can./U.S.)
From Baba's Hope Chest: Macedonian Treasures in Canada
Textile Museum of Canada (1995) 24 pages 38 ill. 8.5x8.5 in. 0968068960 $20.00 (Can./U.S.)