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55 Centre Avenue, Toronto ON M5G 2H5 (St Patrick Subway, walk 1 short block E on Dundas)
Open daily 11-5, Wed 11-8. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Easter Weekend (Fri-Mon), Victoria Day, Canada Day, Thanksgiving. Open on Ontario Family Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day.
admission: $15 general; $10 seniors; $6 students (with ID) & youth. $30 family. Free to children under 5 years of age. Free to members. Weds 5-8pm: pay-what-you-can. Wheelchair accessible.
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EXHIBITIONS ... more
EXHIBITIONS –
Jul 12, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018 | opening reception Wed 12 Jul, 6:30-8pm, all are welcome:
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles.
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada's collection of 19th- and 20th-century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto's professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
Diligence and Elegance features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dying and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments.
The exhibition also features videos provided courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Toronto, the Kyoto Shibori Museum, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries in Japan ... more
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles.
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada's collection of 19th- and 20th-century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto's professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
Diligence and Elegance features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dying and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments.
The exhibition also features videos provided courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Toronto, the Kyoto Shibori Museum, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries in Japan.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles is made possible through the lead sponsorship of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation.
Sep 20, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018 | opening reception Tues 19 Sep, 6:30-8pm:
Tied, Dyed and Woven: Ikat Textiles from Latin America.
Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy.
From the striking indigo and white geometric forms of a Chilean Mapuche chief's poncho to the delicate zigzag designs of a Bolivian Aymara weaving, Tied, Dyed and Woven presents the conceptual and technical mastery if Ikat dyers and weavers from seven Latin American countries over the last 100 years. Their distinctive designs and methods offer historical clues into the innovative processes underling the development of Ikat practices, and attest to the significance of this resist-dye technique in the continuum of textile traditions.
The origin and history of ikat production in the Americas is not fully known, however there is intriguing evidence that this technique was practised in Ecuador and Peru pre-Conquest. The remarkable evolution of this craft is highlighted through two ikat traditions that exist today: one is associated with the weaving of ponchos in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, and the other with the weaving of women's shawls in Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala. Used for ceremonial and ritual occasions, ikat cloth encodes identity, history and change, as well as personal and cultural creative visions.
Tied, Dyed and Woven draws from the Textile Museum of Canada's rich permanent collection and features contemporary work by artist Guillermo Bert (Chile), master dyer and weaver Arturo Estrada Hernández (Mexico), and weavers Laura Sánchez and Quispe Huamán Victoria (Peru). The exhibition examines interrelationships among ikat traditions in Latin America and explores the meaning and place of ikat in the design repertoires of these cultures. Beyond its continued importance in encoding cultural values within weaving communities, the technical and visual fluency of these ikat designs have also found popular currency in the global marketplace and in the worlds of fashion ... more
Tied, Dyed and Woven: Ikat Textiles from Latin America.
Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy.
From the striking indigo and white geometric forms of a Chilean Mapuche chief's poncho to the delicate zigzag designs of a Bolivian Aymara weaving, Tied, Dyed and Woven presents the conceptual and technical mastery if Ikat dyers and weavers from six Latin American countries over the last 100 years. Their distinctive designs and methods offer historical clues into the innovative processes underling the development of Ikat practices, and attest to the significance of this resist-dye technique in the continuum of textile traditions.
The origin and history of ikat production in the Americas is not fully known, however there is intriguing evidence that this technique was practised in Ecuador and Peru pre-Conquest. The remarkable evolution of this craft is highlighted through two ikat traditions that exist today: one is associated with the weaving of ponchos in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, and the other with the weaving of women's shawls in Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala. Used for ceremonial and ritual occasions, ikat cloth encodes identity, history and change, as well as personal and cultural creative visions.
Tied, Dyed and Woven draws from the Textile Museum of Canada's rich permanent collection and features contemporary work by artist Guillermo Bert (Chile), master dyer and weaver Arturo Estrada Hernández (Mexico), and weavers Laura Sánchez and Quispe Huamán Victoria (Peru). The exhibition examines interrelationships among ikat traditions in Latin America and explores the meaning and place of ikat in the design repertoires of these cultures. Beyond its continued importance in encoding cultural values within weaving communities, the technical and visual fluency of these ikat designs have also found popular currency in the global marketplace and in the worlds of fashion.
Tied, Dyed and Woven: Ikat Textiles from Latin America is made possible through the lead sponsorship of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation.
EVENTS ... more
EVENTS –
Thur 19 Oct 2017, 6:30pm:
Lecture: "Seed, Plant, Resist" by Rowland Ricketts. Indigo has a long and rich history as a global commodity. Rowland Ricketts will discuss how he grows and processes indigo and how this shapes his art, informs his world view, and serves as an act of resistance in a culture of overproduction and overconsumption. $10 members / $20 general public / $12 students. http://bit.ly/2yishHy or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228 ... more
Lecture: "Seed, Plant, Resist" by Rowland Ricketts. Indigo has a long and rich history as a global commodity. Rowland Ricketts will discuss how he grows and processes indigo and how this shapes his art, informs his world view, and serves as an act of resistance in a culture of overproduction and overconsumption. $10 members / $20 general public / $12 students. http://bit.ly/2yishHy or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228.
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 6pm:
Gallery tour and reception: "Indigo in Depth." Rowland Ricketts gives a special tour of the TMC's current exhibitions of Japanese and Latin American textiles. As an artist who grows and processes his own indigo, he will offer unique insights into the indigo-dyed textiles on view. The tour will be followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle, providing further opportunities to learn about the artist's practice and connect with other members of the local textile community. $30 members / $40 general public / $20 students. http://bit.ly/2xtMSvb or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228 ... more
Gallery tour and reception: "Indigo in Depth." Rowland Ricketts gives a special tour of the TMC's current exhibitions of Japanese and Latin American textiles. As an artist who grows and processes his own indigo, he will offer unique insights into the indigo-dyed textiles on view. The tour will be followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle, providing further opportunities to learn about the artist's practice and connect with other members of the local textile community. $30 members / $40 general public / $20 students. http://bit.ly/2xtMSvb or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228
Sat 21 Oct 2017, 1pm:
Lecture: "I am Ai, We are Ai" by Rowland Ricketts. At The Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300, Toronto (3rd floor of Hudson's Bay Company, above Royal Bank). The region of Tokushima is known throughout Japan for the indigo, or ai, that has been grown there for more than 400 years. This lecture will explore the history and practice of indigo farming in the region and examine the current culture of indigo through the lens of the artist's public art project I am Ai, We are Ai that was part of the National Cultural Festival hosted by Tokushima Prefecture in 2012. FREE event; registration required at www.jftor.org ... more
Lecture: "I am Ai, We are Ai" by Rowland Ricketts. At The Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300, Toronto (3rd floor of Hudson's Bay Company, above Royal Bank). The region of Tokushima is known throughout Japan for the indigo, or ai, that has been grown there for more than 400 years. This lecture will explore the history and practice of indigo farming in the region and examine the current culture of indigo through the lens of the artist's public art project I am Ai, We are Ai that was part of the National Cultural Festival hosted by Tokushima Prefecture in 2012. FREE event; registration required at www.jftor.org.
Wed 8 Nov 2017, 6:30pm:
Lecture: "Fine Art Textiles from the Japanese Meiji Period." John Vollmer, independent curator and scholar of Asian art and textiles, presents a lecture exploring the global appeal of bijutsu senshoku: fine art Japanese textiles. His latest book, Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles, will be available for purchase. $15 members / $20 general public / $5 students. http://bit.ly/2xXgC4T or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228 ... more
Lecture: "Fine Art Textiles from the Japanese Meiji Period." John Vollmer, independent curator and scholar of Asian art and textiles, presents a lecture exploring the global appeal of bijutsu senshoku: fine art Japanese textiles. His latest book, Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles, will be available for purchase. $15 members / $20 general public / $5 students. http://bit.ly/2xXgC4T or contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textiemuseum.ca or416 599 5321 x2228.
Wed 22 Nov 2017, 6:30pm:
Curator's tour: "Intersections and Influences." From ponchos worn by Indigenous men in Ecuador to an exquisite ikat shawl created for this exhibition by Mexican master dyer and weaver Arturo Estrada Hernández, explore the innovations and interconnections of Latin American ikat textiles with Roxane Shaughnessy. FREE with admission ... more
Curator's tour: "Intersections and Influences." From ponchos worn by Indigenous men in Ecuador to an exquisite ikat shawl created for this exhibition by Mexican master dyer and weaver Arturo Estrada Hernández, explore the innovations and interconnections of Latin American ikat textiles with Roxane Shaughnessy. FREE with admission.
Sundays 2pm:
Join us every Sunday at 2pm for tours hosted by TMC volunteers, featuring our exhibitions, Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles (to Jan 21, 2018), and Tied, Dyed and Woven: Ikat Textiles from Latin America (Sep 20, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018). FREE with admission ... more
Join us every Sunday at 2pm for tours hosted by TMC volunteers, featuring our exhibitions, Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles (to Jan 21, 2018), and Tied, Dyed and Woven: Ikat Textiles from Latin America (Sep 20, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018). FREE with admission.
ONLINE PROJECTS –
Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt is a Virtual Museum of Canada project launched by the Textile Museum of Canada. Produced by the TMC in conjunction with national partners [...] the exhibition showcases a diverse array of historical objects, material culture and handicrafts, reflecting their role in shaping the country's rich cultural landscape. www.narrativethreads.ca/index.html

Welcome to TXTilecity – an interactive project that brings the city to life in stories and memories that show the significant role that textiles have played in shaping Toronto's urban landscape – www.txtilecity.ca

Become part of the Social Fabric!www.textilemuseum.ca/socialfabric/

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture & Artwww.textilemuseum.ca/intouch/index.html

Digital Threadshttp://digitalthreads.ca

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversitywww.canadiantapestry.ca

Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture
www.textilemuseum.ca/cloth_clay/.

Collective Threads / Tissus de la Diversité is live! Collective Threads is a new TMC website with educational resources and video narratives that feature newcomers and immigrants to Canada. Participants share their stories and their most treasured objects in captivating interviews, intended to create empathy and foster diaogue through an appreciation of the shared experiences that shape human identity.
Listen to Education Programs Coordinator Susan Fohr speak about Collective Threads on New Canadian Life Radio, CJRU The Scopehttp://bit.ly/2qTTeSP.
http://collectivethreads.ca/.
http://collectivethreads.ca/fr/ ... more
Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt is a Virtual Museum of Canada project launched by the Textile Museum of Canada. Produced by the TMC in conjunction with national partners including the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, Western Development Museum, Niagara Historical Society & Museum, Delta Museum and Archives Society, and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the exhibition showcases a diverse array of historical objects, material culture and handicrafts, reflecting their role in shaping the country's rich cultural landscape. www.narrativethreads.ca/index.html.

Welcome to TXTilecity – an interactive project that brings the city to life in stories and memories that show the significant role that textiles have played in shaping Toronto's urban landscape – www.txtilecity.ca.

Become part of the Social Fabric! Choose a textile, choose a question, join the conversation – www.textilemuseum.ca/socialfabric/.

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture & Art. Explore how textiles are created and the characters that bring them to life, or become a textile special agent and use your knowledge to preserve the stories told by cloth for future generations – www.textilemuseum.ca/intouch/index.html.

Digital Threads. View new dynamic artist projects that link to 50 exhibitions and 17 years of programming at the TMC – http://digitalthreads.ca.

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity. Textiles tell stories about how we live, what we believe and where we come from. Enter Canadian Tapestry to explore and discover Canada's cultural diversity through cloth – www.canadiantapestry.ca.

Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture. Explore over 2000 years of Mexican, Central and South American culture and history. Cloth & Clay is an exciting online collaboration with the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. www.textilemuseum.ca/cloth_clay/.

Collective Threads / Tissus de la Diversité is live! Collective Threads is a new TMC website with educational resources and video narratives that feature newcomers and immigrants to Canada. Participants share their stories and their most treasured objects in captivating interviews, intended to create empathy and foster diaogue through an appreciation of the shared experiences that shape human identity.
Listen to Education Programs Coordinator Susan Fohr speak about Collective Threads on New Canadian Life Radio, CJRU The Scopehttp://bit.ly/2qTTeSP.
http://collectivethreads.ca/.
http://collectivethreads.ca/fr/.
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(See also Community Courses click here).