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

People in Toronto raise money to repair iconic rainbow tunnel after it's destroyed with graffiti

Toronto museum acquires 100k-piece LEGO sculpture of futuristic African city

Toronto is getting huge illuminated lotuses under the Gardiner Expressway

Meet the owners of Toronto's largest urban arts store

Meet the woman keeping one of Toronto's favourite comedy clubs alive after demolition

Toronto man has taken photos of over 100 bird species in the city

Someone is creating gorgeous paintings of popular Toronto locations and they're selling out

35-year-old photographer captures all of the mammals that call Toronto home