Threads: Contemporary Textiles & the Social Fabric

Threads transformed through knitting, weaving, looping and stitching are the most flexible of materials. Often carrying significant personal and cultural narratives, they move across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provide important links between people, places and ways of life.

Art Exhibition previously on at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 01 October 2011 to Sunday 05 February 2012

Round the world (detail) image Climbing monkey (detail) image

Published by GAGOMA on Thursday 06 October 2011.
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Threads also have the capacity to unravel, opening up possibilities for innovation, discord and creative change.

Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary textiles from the Gallery’s Australian, Asian and Pacific Collections, ‘Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social Fabric’ celebrates the ways in which contemporary artists explore and extend the textile medium. Many works draw on traditional textile practices while also engaging new technologies, materials and imagery to reflect and transform existing social, political and cultural conditions. Through the visually striking designs, skilled techniques and richly textured surfaces of contemporary textiles, the exhibition investigates their function as a form of skin or interface with other cultures, the use of abstraction and rhythm to engage with local environments, the weaving of new histories and ideas of nation, and the continued vitality of garden imagery.