Textile is a universal language

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.

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Or see her in this 5 minute video of her recreating original sewn panels for the Ford Company – originally made by her 50 years ago, receiving great support from the architect of the building.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.

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