Monday, June 20, 2016

The Textile Museum of Canada: A Totally Arbitrary Look at What's Up

Detail of "It's Beautiful, It's Crazy," 2011, by Zondlile Zondo, Zulu, South Africa

Last weekend -- Father's Day weekend -- we went to visit our son in Toronto. While Jake and Dad were having barbecue on the beach, I went to one of my favorite places: the Textile Museum of Canada. The current exhibit is "Worlds on a String: Beads, Journeys, Inspirations" featuring beaded works old and new from all over the world. And then, as if that wasn't enough to feast on, the museum also featured "Bliss: Gardens Real and Imagined," highlighting floral-inspired works from the collection.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a random look at the exhibits.

Full view of Zondlile Zondo's piece

Yoruba king's crown, Nigeria, 20th century

Child's moccasins with porcupine-quill beads, 
Sioux, North American, 1890-1988

Blouse, Philippines, mid-20th century

Aubusson tapestry, mid-18th century, France

Suzani wall hanging, Uzbekistan, 19th century

Embroidered carpet, Uzbekistan, 19th century

"Neon Bloom," thread and machine-embroidery work, 
Amanda McCavour, 2014-15

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