Friday, November 12, 2021

Making a submission to the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination Installation

Fate, Destiny and Self Determination [] Le Sort, Destin, et l’auto-determination [] Suerte, Destino y Auto-determinación [] Los, Przeznaczenie i Wola [] Das Schicksal, das Geschick und das Selbstbestimmungsrecht [] 운명숙명 그리고 자기가 결정한 팔자팔자  []  Usud, sudbina i samoodređenje [] Sorte,Destino,Auto Determinação [] Öde, mål och självbestämmande [] Fato, Destino e Autodeterminazione

The development of the COVID-19 has made all of us more aware of the impact of isolation on our well being. This sense of isolation forms the underpinnings of this installation launched in 2016.  Fate, Destiny and Self Determination was created as an initiative to reduce the isolation artists experienced in their artistic process through the use of social media, planned hands-on events and gathering them together to exhibit their collective efforts. Inclusiveness is the weft that weaves the installation together.

Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination is composed of three sections. The main tapestry woven panel (on the left) was created by Line Dufour, referencing the contemporary practice of tapestry  where artist and weaver are one. The second panel on the right, was woven by visiting participants ranging from the inexperienced and amateur to the professional. This referenced traditional tapestry conventions in that many weavers work(ed) on the tapestry at the same time or at various stages and did not contribute to creating the tapestry designs. 

Each time Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination is installed the shapes are never placed in the same positions, making it  interactive and spontaneous, and permits the curator(s) to be part of its creation. Conversely, the curator could also invite the gallery guest to position shapes on the wall between the two panels, having them re-create the installation.

The installation has been exhibited at 

·       Craft Ontario in Toronto, Canada 

·       The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

·       The Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery, Regis University, Denver, Colorado USA

·       Craft Council of British Columbia, Canada 

·       The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles as part of the American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 11  

·       Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzen, China. 9th From Lausanne To Beijing 

·       The Centre D’Action Culturelle de la MLC de Papineau in Québec 

·       World Textile Art Biennial at the Fundacion Pablo Achtugarry in Punta del Este Uruguay 

·       World of Threads, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

·       Rosccommon County Council, Roscommon Ireland

·       Tuchmacher Museum, Bramsche, Germany

·       Tuch & Technik Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany

Anyone who wishes to do so, can create a shape using a textile/fibre related technique (tapestry, rug, weaving, felt, basketry, etc) with whatever  fibre they like or one that references textiles. Any hue from the colour wheel is suggested. You can use more than one colour. There is no minimum or maximum size, but the average size is 10cm (4”) . There is no maximum on the number of pieces you can submit. A person can also weave (create) a shape of their country, state or province or any shape except not a square or rectangle.  You can look at the Facebook page for the project to see how other people have created their shapes. or go to the Instagram page @tapestryline . You are welcome to invite your textile friends to participate in making a submission. Please include your website or other social media pages, as well as any comments about the project or your inspiration if you would like me to share it on social media. 

When you are ready to send your submission to me, email me at and I will send you the mailing address. 

Once you have made a submission to the installation, it remains the permanent property of the installation and will not be returned. 

Making a submission to the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination Installation

Fate, Destiny and Self Determination []  Le Sort, Destin, et l’auto-determination  []  Suerte, Destino y Auto-determinación  []  Los, Przezn...