Tuesday, April 16, 2019

FD&SD in Germany 2018 -2019



From Roscommon Ireland, the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation went to Bramsche Germany in May 2018 to the Tuchmacher Museum. Kerstin Schumann curated the installation as I was not in attendance for its set up or opening reception for financial reasons. The installation remained there until it was sent to the Tuch & Technik Museum in Neumunster Germany, north of Hamburg in mid October 2018.  First to thank for that invitation is Christa Weitbrecht who approached the Tuch & Technik Museum and asked them if they would be interested in hosting the installation. Agota Dolinay (a participant in the project) accompanied me from Toronto to assist with the set up of the exhibition and  in preparing the tapestry frames for visitors to the gallery. 




Sorting all the submissions into colour groups. At this point there are 794, from 470 people from 39 countries. 


Because the walls were concrete, we could not pin the submissions to the wall as we usually do. We had to come up with some other display strategy. The curator, Astrid Frevert (shown second from right) , decided to have us pin the pieces to large cotton canvases which were then attached to wooden boards. It took us two days to set up the installation. 


The installation consisted of three sections of large white canvases upon which the shapes were attached. This view is taken from one end showing the tapestry I wove in the studio amid the submissions. On the right, an audio visual unit was set up to play the movie I created to show the evolution of the installation, particualrly the making of the publicly woven tapestry panel in Toronto. 


This picture is taken from the other end featuring the publicly woven tapestry on the right. 


The names of the participants was included in the exhibition. 


The local press came to interview me regarding the project.....


and tried their hand at tapestry weaving. 




From left to right, me, Beatrijs Sterk (from Germany, founder of the European Textile Network), Martina Muller (originally from Germany and now living in the UK, editor of the Journal of Weaving and Spinning), Astrid Frevert (curator of the museum) and Agota Dolinay (originally from Hungary and now living in Canada.)


 Astrid Frevert giving a talk at the opening reception. 


 I said a few words to thank all involved.


and invited them up to take a bow. I especially thanked those who helped us with the set up or came from elsewhere to be there for the opening. 


Opening reception


The weaving studio at the museum. The public can join and use the facility. Lots of light - natural and electric.


Kirstin Rolle teaches weaving at the museum and helped us enormously with setting up the installation. Here she sits at  a very economically built 8 shaft loom with flying shuttle. Under 200 euros to build. 



and an article about the man who created the plan for the above loom. Instructions are available online. Check out my facebook page to find out more. 



The weaving studio and gallery area are on the second floor. On the main floor is the museum. 


Old spinning equipment


The displays are set up to follow the chronology of the development of weaving and spinning equipment.






a spinning jenny - above and below


jacquard loom









a number of industrial weaving looms are in working order. displays are given when a group books a tour. 





Its an extraordinary museum and is worth making the trip to the north of Germany for textile enthusiasts. 

 Photo credits go to Beatrijs Sterk, Martina Muller, and myself.

Each submission is posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More exhibitions in 2018

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche 
Mühlenort 6, 49565 
Bramsche, Germany 
June - September 2018

Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/Schicksal, Vorsehung und Selbstbestimmung
Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum Neumünster, 
Kleinflecken 1, 24534 Neumünster, Germany
October 25, 2018 - February 2019
Opening Reception: October 25 2018. 19h-21h

Museu Nacional de Brasília
Brasilia , Brazil
September 2019 if funding is obtained

Roscommon Ireland May 2018



The Roscommon Lamb Festival is an annual event in Roscommon Ireland. A couple of years ago, Frances Crowe saw this community event as a way to showcase the work of Irish and Scottish tapestry weavers and organized an exhibition called InterConnections 1. This year, she made it into a larger event, with much more scope by pairing with the town to create the International Fibre Arts Festival, which featured not only anything agricultural related to sheep and lambs, but also two tapestry exhibitions including the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation  exhibited at the Roscommon County Council building, and  another InterConnections 2, with the recent tapestry work of Joan Baxter, Terry Dunne, John Brennan, Frances Crowe, Mary Cuthbert, Angela Forte, Amanda Gizzi and Elizabeth Radcliffe. Included was a symposium where tapestry weavers talked about their work, and a workshop called Weaving Green, lead by the much respected Joan Baxter, who wove for 8 years on the Henry Moore tapestries at West Dean in Chichester, along with the colourful and humourous John Brennan, both Scottish. 

 a link to a 30 second clip of us setting up. 

Radio Interview day...left to right, Bambi Rutledge, John Brennan, Line Dufour, Joan Baxter and Frances Crowe

The challenge that faced us was that we could not pin the shapes to the wall. We used hardware cloth folded like an accordion and used safety pins to attach the shapes to the gridlike structure. It was hard on our hands and fingers.It wasn't an ideal solution but the effects are quite stunning all the same. Many people said that they thought this was the best version of the installation so far. Pictures below are to help you locate your piece(s).







below, a video of the installation to help you find your piece(s) more quickly


Frances Crowe, opening night for FD&SD

It was a real thrill to have all these people who participated in the project, be present for it's opening in Roscommon Ireland. From left to right: Tish Caniffe, Frances Crowe, Angela Forte, Terry Dunne, Frances Leach, Susan E. Middleton, Uisce Jakubczyk, Magenta Kang, Louise Boughton, Line Dufour, Clare Coyle, Arune Reddy, Veronica Collins and Margareta Sorlin. Although not in the photo, Anet Brusgaard and Bambi Rutledge were also present.They came from Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. 

Terry Dunne came from Cork to help out. Aruna Ready not only came to be present for the FD&SD exhibition and other activities, she had come all the way from London England to help launch it's very first exhibition in Toronto at Craft Ontario in 2014. 

About 100 people showed up for the opening. 

There was an official opening ceremony with important government officials in attendance. I was very glad to meet Pascale de Coninck from Dancing Threads studio, originally from Belgium but now living in Cork, Ireland. She managed the Timelines community tapestry which was on display alongside the Fate installation. She is fourth from the left. 
Left to Right: Frances Leach Heather Underwood, Joan Baxter Frances Crowe Lorna Donlon Terry Dunne Tish Canniffe Muriel Beckett Weaver Pascale De Coninck and Catherine Ryan. 

Speeches were given at the opening reception for Fate, Destiny and Self Determination (and Timelines) including one by Anet Brusgaard from Denmark, co-founder of the European Tapestry Forum. Her praise for the project left me speechless, humbled and almost in (joy-filled) tears. I am very grateful Anet! 


Anet had asked me last year to write an essay on FD&SD for Artapestry 5. If you'd like to read it contact me or order your copy of the catalog from Anet. 


The Interconnections 2 exhibition was held at King House Boyle in Boyle, Co. Roscommon Ireland,  while FD&SD was being exhibited. First built in 1730 by the King family dynasty, it has been restored to it's former glory by the Roscommon County Council. Joan Baxter stands in front of her tapestry Hallaig 2, measuring 2m x 2m. 

John Brennan had several vibrant tapestries on display. 
Frances Crowe in front of her tapestry Displacement, inspired by the Syrian refugees and it's similarity to the plight of Irish refugees between 1845-49. 

The workshop, with the theme of Weaving Green, was led by both John Brennan and Joax Baxter. 

Some of the tapestry samples created by Joan Baxter. She dyes all her own yarn. 

John Brennan's samples. He used an assortment of yarns to create rich textural effects and a dynamic interplay of colour. 







FD&SD in Germany 2018 -2019

From Roscommon Ireland, the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination installation went to Bramsche Germany in May 2018 to the Tuchmacher ...