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Shaheer Zazai, KGOBLWN1 2019, Produced in Microsoft Word Digital Print on Watercolour Paper 44" x 74" / Courtesy of the Artist and Patel Brown Gallery'

Symposium

October 23 – 24, 2021

Web of Connections

The Web of Connections symposium brings together artists from Interweavings and Remediations to share their work and exchange on the common topics and themes from these two exhibitions curated by Nicole Burisch and Sally Frater. This online gathering will include presentations and workshops around the intersections of technology, textiles, craft, and materiality.

Symposium

October 23 – 24, 2021

Web of Connections

symposium web

Title: KGOBLWN1 2019 Produced in Microsoft Word Digital Print on Watercolour Paper 44" x 74" / Courtesy of the Artist and Patel Brown Gallery'

The Web of Connections symposium brings together artists and curators from Interweavings and Remediations, to share their work and exchange on the common topics and themes from the two exhibitions. This online gathering will include presentations and workshops around the intersections of technology, textiles, craft, and materiality.

Featuring artist talks by:

And workshops by:

Robin ChantreeRyth Kesselring | Hitoko Okada | Jim Ruxton  | Gabrielle Trach
*scroll down for workshops*

Artists Talks

Andrew Bugden Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Nathalie Bujold Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Lesley Loksi Chan Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Maria Hupfield Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Wednesday Lupypciw Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Levente Sulyok Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Shaheer Zazai Artist Talk at Centre[3]

Workshops

Visible Mending

A FREE Online Workshop with Gabrielle Trach

Sunday, November 21st, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Participants will get a taste for visible mending in this workshop. Using the scotch darning method, participants will learn how to mend their knits.

Instructor BIO

Gabrielle Trach is a maker and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Her practice explores sustainability, identity, memory, the environmental impact of the textile industry, and the resurgence of historical textile techniques. Her practice is informed by research and theory surrounding fashion, identity, and sustainability.

Databending and Glitch Art

A FREE Online Workshop with Robin Chantree

Sunday, November 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30pm

In this beginner-level workshop, participants will be introduced to databending and glitch art methodologies, followed by a discussion of its applications to textile processes. Through the course of this tutorial, participants will be taught the difference between various file formats, and shown how those interact with different software to produce unexpected results.

Instructor BIO

Robin Chantree (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer currently residing in Tkaranto/Toronto. They hold an MA in Fashion from X University, and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Their practice spans visual art, illustration, fashion and graphic design, and often consists of them researching and mixing analogue and digital tools. They are interested in how clothing embodies historical and cultural norms, and how these ideas can be challenged through the materiality of garments.

Show & Tell of Shifu: Storytelling Craft and Resistance

A FREE Online Workshop with Hitoko Okada

Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00pm

In this Show & Tell workshop, participants will learn about the Japanese textile and craft history of kami-ito (paper thread-making) and shifu (woven cloth from this thread), and the significance of cultural heritage in contemporary art. The workshop will end with a story about ninjas.

Instructor BIO

Hitoko Okada is a fibre artist and craft artisan and core member of the Hamilton 7 storytelling collective. She is currently working on a weaving project exploring bast fibres and shifu and learning aizome, Japanese traditional indigo dye, a project which is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council of the Arts.

Craft Hang

A FREE Online Workshop with Gabrielle Trach

Sunday, December 12th, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This is an open crafting workshop, facilitated by Gabrielle Trach. Participants are invited to grab a project (possibly that unfinished project that’s been tucked away), maybe a cozy beverage, and join in the tradition of crafting circles. There will be no formal instruction, but participants are encouraged to talk, share ideas, and gather in community.

Instructor BIO

Gabrielle Trach is a maker and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Her practice explores sustainability, identity, memory, the environmental impact of the textile industry, and the resurgence of historical textile techniques. Her practice is informed by research and theory surrounding fashion, identity, and sustainability.

Vibro-Pillow

an in-person workshop with Jim Ruxton

Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 3:45 – 5:15

In this  introductory workshop participants will learn how to create a vibrotactile cushion. The workshop will provide a short overview of vibrotactile technologies and how vibrotactile systems can be used as an artistic medium, followed by a hands-on workshop on how to create a small pillow that vibrates when sound is played into it. 

This in-person workshop is free. Materials will be provided by the instructor.

Instructor BIO

Jim Ruxton received a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. After working as a high frequency design engineer, he pursued his interest in the arts by attending the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since then he has worked as an artist and engineer in installation, performance, theatre, dance and film collaborating with many other artists throughout his career. Jim is a founder and former Director of Programs for Subtle Technologies, an organization that has created links between artists and scientists. He has been granted numerous patents for this work in LED lighting.

Soft Circuits

an online workshop with Ryth Kesselring

Sunday, October 24, 2021 @ 3:00 – 4:30

In this introductory workshop participants will learn how to create an electrical soft circuit by embroidering with conductive thread. During the workshop participants will explore various techniques to create an interactive soft circuit without programming using soft switches. The workshop will give tips for using conductive thread and discuss basic electronics. Participants will craft their own e-textile project.

This online workshop is free. A materials package will be mailed to participants upon registration.

Instructor BIO

Ryth Kesselring was born in Switzerland and moved to Québec in her childhood. She holds a bachelor’s degree with Great Distinction in Fine Arts from Concordia University. She is a member of the Textile and Materiality Research Cluster and was part of studio subTela as a research assistant where she worked on electronics and embroideries for smart textiles. The core aspect of her research is the relationship between the performative aspect of textile work and the rhythms of making, by including the viewer and the textile object itself in an interactive dialogue. Her recent work pursues reflections on textile labour by including the awareness of their historical, political and ecological issues.

This symposium is generously supported by