FABRICation: Studio Production Textiles for Interiors

On show from August 24 to October 24, 2010, this exhibition at Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside features the work of established and highly regarded textile designer-entrepreneurs from across Canada, whose work bridges the worlds of art and commercial fabrication. Curated by Esther E. Shipman, the focus of the exhibition is on designs referred to as “limited” or “studio production” works, meaning that they incorporate manufacturing processes and technologies, but are produced in limited quantities rather than mass produced. These designs are generally created within an art studio setting, but are developed as commercial collections or “lines” destined for the design specifier (professional interior designers, architects, facility managers and building contractors), or home décor retail markets. Each of the studios is represented by several examples of their work, which provides an opportunity for a closer look into their individual design styles, products and collections.   

The artists and designers featured in the show are: ArchiTextiles lab (http://ccti.nscad.ca/textiles.php), Armstrong Fox Textiles (www.armstrongtextiles.ca), Monique Beauregard & Robert Lamarre/Seri+ (www.designtextile.qc.ca), Laura Friedland Design/Moose Mountain (http://laurafriedland.com), Bev Hisey (http://bevhisey.com), Institute of Everyday Life (www.ofeverydaylife.com), Virginia Johnson (www.virginiajohnson.com), Arounna Khounnoraj/bookhou (www.bookhou.com), MOTIF Textile – Marie-Hélène Langevin (www.motiftextile.come), Joy Walker/WORKtextiles (www.joynwalker.com), Kathryn Walter FELT Studio (http://feltstudio.com), and Lily Yung (www.lilyyung.com).

Textile design and manufacturing has a long and vibrant history in Cambridge, which inspired the development of Cambridge Galleries’ extensive collection of Contemporary Canadian Fibre Art and a myriad of ongoing textile-related education and exhibition programs at each of its galleries.  Within that historical context, FABRICation links the ambitions of art and industry, and focuses attention on a lesser known sector of the textile world. 

Design at Riverside is one of the few venues in Canada dedicated to the display, discussion and celebration of limited and mass produced design. At its heart, design is the melding of art, function and accessibility, with research, problem solving, economics, technology and visionary insight thrown into the mix. Design at Riverside strives to present outstanding examples of design from numerous design disciplines and to encourage its audience to consider the essential role of design in our society.  We plan over time to provide a forum for an extensive range of conceptual and realized work that explores the intersection of design with traditional and new materials, techniques and technologies, politics, innovation and commerce. Design at Riverside is also committed to the production of written and visual materials to accompany its exhibitions as a permanent record of the exhibitions presented, and as a means to disseminate this information to a broad public audience.

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Design at Riverside, located at 7 Melville Street South in Cambridge, Ontario. Remarks at 3:00pm. A free ART Bus will be departing from the Virginia Johnson Boutique at 132 Ossington Avenue in Toronto at 1:00pm. To RSVP for ART Bus, please contact 519.621.0460 ext. 127.

For more information, please visit www.cambridgegalleries.ca or call 519.621.0460. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm; Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm; and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Sundays during the summer from Victoria Day weekend through Labour Day weekend.