20071012_fibre_3.jpg

Big Fibre Little Fibre


Big Fibre Little Fibre quashes the idea that fibre art is always tiny and delicate. This year it's colossal, it's unrestrained and there's even a horse constructed of foam and 1.4 million individually knotted hairs.

It was all motivated by a "Gee, it's so big!" at last years show. So this year the curators decided to take on the concept of size in the 2nd Annual Juried Textile Exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel. The show is all about what is big and what is small.

In the small things being big category, there are a two pieces of note. The life-sized horse, that resembles the infamous Snuffleupagus (minus the trunk), by artist Keith Bentley. It isn't soft and snuggly though, it's made from horse hair collected from slaughter houses and Bentley meticulously knotted each piece to the foam frame! And then there's the special installation by Emily Hermant, a giant thumbprint pinned to the wall of room 214 to provoke thoughts of the anonymous women in the textile industry. I was thinking more about her thumbs, the print is made up of 65, 000 steel dressmaker pins.

20071012_fibre_4.jpg

Small things that are outright fantastic are Amanda McCavour's delicately threaded 'Hands' pulling themselves apart and the oxymoronic 'Gun Cozies' crafted from vintage aprons and ribbon by Miriam Grenville.

There's also burlap webbing and geometric strings covering ceilings and walls, fifteen fucks and whole lot more.

20071012_fibre_5.jpg


And when you're all done exploring, there's even a little shopping. Texti'll has soft and warm reclaimed wool mittens and scarves for sale, just in time for winter, (its coming you know).

Exhibition runs Friday October 12 to November 25, 12-5pm Daily | 3rd and 4th Floors.

Special installations run: October 12 - 14, 12-5pm Daily | 2nd Floor .

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West.

Photos by Richelle Forsey.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Arts

Someone found a painting by David Bowie in an Ontario thrift store

Toronto man creates elaborate optical illusion to slow traffic on his busy street

Silver Snail is closing Yonge Street store and moving to another Toronto location

Toronto bike lane has just been totally transformed by colourful street art

Toronto arts and cultural centre might be getting a major redesign

Toronto neighbourhood has just been lit up with a giant illuminated sea shell

This is one woman's answer to all those statues of dead white men in Toronto

One-of-a-kind collectible plates honour shuttered restaurants in Toronto