Thursday, December 11, 2014

161 people, 246 shapes, 18 countries

Paula Armstrong, England
Once again this week  I return to the Sheila Hicks Weaving as Metaphor book. I continue with my reading of an inspiring essay by Arthur Coleman Danto, an American art critic and philosopher.  A while back I talked about Plato's views on weaving in his treatise/book The Statesman and it is from his essay that I presented my ideas.  I continue finding it fodder to feed the fire  of my weaving crusade. Danto  was an influential  art critic, philosopher and author. He stated in this essay: "The aim of state making is justice, which means , in effect, weaving together the various social virtues without allowing one more than the other to dominate. And it is that which makes weaving so apt a metapor for statemanship. The task is 'to make the city as a whole as happy as possible....not modeling our ideal of happiness with reference to any one class.'" Somehow this quote segways with Paula Armstrong's message.......
Paula Armstrong, England

Paula Armstrong from  England writes: "I have had fun weaving the shapes so thank you for the opportunity.
For me your remit is instructional and inspirational, seeing what amazing depth can be achieved just with pure hues, and I am glad to have learnt from that.  Thank you!  Such community projects give me hope. I see every tapestry as a droplet of love raining down where it is needed most.’
I don’t have my own website, but please enclose my thoughts about the tapestry project on your blog.
Warmest best wishes"
Paula Armstrong, England
Contemporary International Tapestry Hunterdown Art Museum


Gladstone Hotel Presents
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Hard Twist 10 – Memory
August 27 to December 27, 2015
Submission Deadline April 30, 2015
Juror’s Selections Announced May 28, 2015

Hard Twist 10 – Memory, the tenth annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to explore the many and complex relationships between cloth and memory.

Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record - and occasionally obscure - memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory.

There are only three criteria; work must:
  • be textile or fibre related
  • explore or express ideas connected to this year’s theme
  • be designed to hang on a wall or be lightly suspended from a ceiling – we are unable to accept free standing work due to the nature of the exhibition space

Hard Twist has become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature event for the Gladstone.

Hard Twist 10 Jurors:
Melanie Egan - Head of Craft, Harbourfront Centre
Elizabeth Elliott - Textile Artist, Toronto
Sarah Quinton - Curatorial Director, Textile Museum of Canada
Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell – Hard Twist curators
Britt Welter-Nolan – Managing Director Artistic Projects, Gladstone Hotel (ex-officio)

Hard Twist Hanging/Installation - Physical Criteria:
  • All pieces must be able to be hung/installed securely – the gallery space is part of a fully functioning hotel
  • The hotel's cable-and-hook security mounting system can accommodate most work that is designed to be wall-hung.
  • Artists whose work is accepted for the show must follow the exhibition guidelines of the Hotel as it it is a heritage space.

Admin fee: $100 + HST = $113 (to be paid to hotel only on acceptance)
There is no submission fee

Hard Twist Entry checklist:
Please include the following in your submission:
  • Complete the Submission Form Here
  • Send your images to:
  • Create a Proposal - pdf or word formats only please
    • Project Description (1 page maximum)
    • Image reference list

Hard Twist Submissions: deadline April 30, 2015
  • There is no submission fee; the admin fee is paid to the hotel only on acceptance.
  • Entries may be submitted by email or surface mail
  • If sending your submission by surface mail, please send 4 hard copies of your proposal, contact information, bio, artist's statement, details of proposed work and image list along with a CD and include a SASE for return of entries if you want them returned. Entries which are accepted will be retained.

Address your email entries to:

Address surface mail entries to:
Hard Twist
c/o The Gladstone Hotel
Attn: Chris Mitchell/Helena Frei
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1J6

ATA invites tapestry artists from around the world to submit works to American Tapestry Biennial 11.  Entry to ATB 11 is open to all tapestry artists who design and weave their own tapestries (defined as "hand-woven, weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts"), either individually or collaboratively (all assistants shall be named). Large scale works are welcome. Multimedia work will be considered as long as the primary medium is tapestry.  Entries must be one-of-a-kind and have been completed after January 2012.  Entries may not have been shown previously in any ATA exhibition, including the Unjuried Small Format show.  Artists may submit up to three pieces, but a maximum of one piece per artist will be accepted.
ATB10: Don Burns, "Autumn" 67" x 38," wool, linen, silk, cotton. Photo: Don Burns


South Bend Museum of Art
July 2 - September 25, 2016
University of Texas
Dates to be announced
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
March 1 - June 18, 2017 
Click here for the Online Entry Form,
or download an entry form for mailing.