Artist Sheila Hicks works with thread.
Textile is a universal language. In all of the cultures of the world, textile is a crucial and essential component. Therefore if you’re beginning with thread, you’re halfway home. There’s a level of familiarity that immediately breaks down any prejudice.
See her works displayed in a current exhibition in Canada’s Textile Museum (55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario), open til 5th February.
Or see her in this 5 minute video of her recreating original sewn panels for the Ford Company – originally made by her 50 years ago, receiving great support from the architect of the building. Now, 50 years later, she points out with fun that the assistant standing on a stepladder, putting finishing touches to the installation, is the age she was back then. “I don’t think I’ll be wearing a mini skirt today” she says with a smile.