Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Migrations exhibition

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The portability of textiles – the ease with which they move around the globe – and their hybrid position within the worlds of craft, design and art make them particularly apt carriers of culture. Alongside this portability is the reality that the textile often exists as a multiple. While versions roam, others stay closer to home.

Migrations travels throughout 2015 & 2016 (America, Ireland, Australia, England) and explores the notion of textiles as carriers of multiple cultural influences put forth in the accompanying publication, Cultural Threads: transnational textiles today (Bloomsbury: 2015). Brought together are contemporary artists, designers and an author who all work at the intersection of cultures and use multiple, portable textiles as their vehicle.

Migrations is at the KANEKO Centre, Omaha, Nebraska (February 6 – April 25, 2015) and includes the work of Francoise Dupre, Toril Johannessen, Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody and Pamela Johnson. The KANEKO show was reviewed in the summer/fall 2015 issue of The Surface Design Journal.

The second, expanded iteration of the Migrations exhibition at the National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (April 30-May 29, 2015) focuses on the both the portability of textiles and the reality that they often exist – and circulate – as multiples. Migrations (Dublin) includes the work of Godfried Donkor, Francoise Dupre, Dan Halter, Pamela Johnson, Toril Johannessen, Jasleen Kaur, Julie Ryder, Studio Formafantasma and Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody. The exhibition opens Wednesday April 29 @ 6pm. All welcome.

Migrations travels to the Australian Design Centre in Sydney January 4 – February 27, 2016 before travelling to the Huddersfield Gallery of Art in England (October 22, 2016 – January 21, 2017).

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