Creative Cloth: Aesthetics and Apparel
Jan. 26 until May 12, 2019
The fabric-based display, Creative Cloth, is geared to convey the rich holdings of both the regional history and art collections at Museum London. These selections, which include new acquisitions, are further enhanced by loans of work from a variety of practising Canadian artists. Taken together, the works reveal the diversity of textile-based historical and contemporary art made in Canada, and the evolving stories behind our clothing, implements, homewares, and décor.
Creative Cloth explores the myriad skills and processes involved in working with fibre, and the concepts of labour and other social, as well as cultural, values behind them. It looks at weaving, stitchery, quilting, and other methods often seen (and denigrated) as “craft,” and much more. Creative Cloth features textiles that are machine-manufactured, alongside those that are handmade; both natural and man-made, synthetic materials; and unique artworks in conjunction with exceptional mass-produced goods we often take for granted. Each object is an intriguing document communicating many issues: assumptions about both makers and products; cloth in our homes and on our bodies; and the sheer versatility of cloth as a medium that simultaneously supports all aspects of our lives, and permits us to express them. Participating artists inCreative Cloth include Robert Davidovitz, Sky Glabush, Sarah Hartland Rowe, Sharmistha Kar, Janet Morton, Ed Pien, Mina Weettatluk, and Joyce Wieland, among many other historical makers, both known and anonymous.