UQAM’s Centre de Design Exhibition to Showcase Work of Women Textile Designers and Artists

The exhibition, called Textile Design Now, will run from November 30, 2023, until February 11, 2024.

Alissa + Nienke (A+N Studio). The Sun Show (2019). Curtain (Polyamide, cotton). Photo credit: A+N Studio

The creation of soft materials will be in the spotlight at UQAM’s Centre de design with the Textile Design Now exhibition.

Textile Design Now will showcase 23 works by women textile artists and designers from fourteen countries including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States.

The spatial arrangement of the textile works within the exhibition will highlight the intertwining of tradition and innovation, experimental practices, and emotional potential of soft materials through varied practices such as weaving, 3D printing, sound-generating and solar textiles, bacterial dyeing and the creation of replacement organs woven by silkworms.

Cécile Feilchenfeldt. Cape de Moa (2022). Textile (Polyester monofilament, feathers, semi-automatic machine-knit) Photo credit: Aurélie Cenno

At the exhibition, a historical section and selection of books will offer insights into the rich origins of textile practices as well as the complexity of their cultural and societal roles.

“The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover the remarkable work of women designers over the past century, but more specifically, the exceptional contribution of today’s women designers in the field of textile production,” said Louise Pelletier, co-curator of the exhibition and professor at UQAM’s École de design.

Julia Moser. GROWING PATTERNS, LIVING PIGMENTS (Ongoing project 2021-2023). Textile samples (Various bacteria-dyed natural and synthetic fibres). Photo credit: Julia Moser

“Soft materials are part of everyday life in cultures and societies across the globe. They are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and innovation. We are delighted to present this exhibition which celebrates women artists and designers who are passionate about materials. It has been a great intellectual and emotional pleasure to put together this exhibition with Louise Pelletier, Katharina Sand, Christina Contandriopoulos, and the team at the UQAM Design Centre,” said Fabienne Münch, co-curator of the exhibition and Chair of the Department of Design at Ohio State University.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium called Textiles Beyond Crafts, which will take place on November 30 and December 1, 2023. The symposium aims to create a dialogue within emerging practices in textile design and will feature lectures by women, including Mohawk textile artist, Carla Hemlock,  designer and director emeritus of Japan’s NUNO Textiles, Reiko Sudō, and the curator of fashion arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Theo Tyson.

Anke Loh. TOUCH (AND STAYING IN TOUCH), Touch-Sensitive Embroidery TABLECLOTH (2021). Textile installation (cloth, electronics, conductive wire, conductive thread, polyester thread, recycled wood) Photo credit: James Prinz

This year’s curators will include Louise Pelletier, professor at École de design, UQAM, Fabienne Münch, professor and chair of the department of design, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA and Katharina Sand, visiting professor at the Akademie Mode & Design (AMD), Munich, Germany.

Guest curators will include Christina Contandriopoulos, professor at the Département d’histoire de l’art, UQAM, in collaboration with Theo Tyson, curator of fashion arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and Rebecca Leclerc, doctoral student in Études et pratiques des arts, UQAM.

Louise Lemieux Bérubé. 74 directions 3b-300-1m (2019). Woven artwork (Tencel, stainless steel, copper, linen, wool, dye) Photo credit: Louise Lemieux Bérubé

Artists and designers featured in the exhibition include A+N Studio (Alissa van Asseldonk & Nienke Bongers), Yosi Anaya, Micheline Beauchemin, Estelle Bourdet, Felecia Davis, Aïssa Dione, Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Carla Hemlock, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Julia Koerner, Mari Koppanen, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Anke Loh, Ptolemy Mann, Julia Moser, Gulnur Mukazhanova, Veronica Ranner, Marie Schumann, Reiko Sudō, Hiroko Takeda, Suzanne Tick, Pauline van Dongen.

The exhibition will run from November 30, 2023, until February 11, 2024.