Exhibitions and Events
PLEASE NOTE THESE EXHIBITIONS AND COURSES MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Please check individuals web sites.
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Gallery Guides and Catalogues are available to view for these exhibitions.
Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020
This exhibition presented 45 exceptional interior textiles from the villas, palaces, churches, mosques, and humble homes of late antique and early medieval Egypt (300–1000). During this period, the eastern Mediterranean experienced profound religious and cultural changes as ancient beliefs transitioned to Christianity and Islam.
These beautiful and rare examples demonstrated how textiles defined spaces and moved ornamental motifs between cultures, over time, and across media. These large-format hangings, covers, and other fabrics were often the most valuable possessions of any household at the time. They served critical physical and social functions alongside more permanent architectural forms. In addition to revealing textiles’ importance and use, Woven Interiors also documented continuities and changes in weaving and aesthetics.
The exhibition was co-organized with Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. It featured artworks from The Textile Museum Collection and Dumbarton Oaks, together with loans from other major collections, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cleveland Museum of Art; and Art Institute of Chicago.
A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia September 1–December 23, 2018
Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art. This exhibition marked the public debut of treasures from the museum’s Murad Megalli collection of Anatolian kilims dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pushing the Limits
Weaving is one of oldest human industries -if not the oldest- and many kinds of looms or weaving devices have been accompanying humankind since the beginning of times. From the backstrap loom to dobby looms, the history of weaving has been an uninterrupted succession of technological inventions until the arrival of the first Jacquard hand looms in 18th century France. The rest is history. Today we are living the Jacquard digital loom era. Contemporary textile artists use this tool which allows for an -almost- unlimited freedom to weavers.
It is the aim of the curators of this exhibition to highlight the unlimited possibilities of this limited “machine” to create textile pieces that are works of art in their own right. They are looking for unique pieces handwoven on a multi-shaft loom. The selected pieces will be shown in an online 3D exhibition engineered by textile artist Olivier Masson.
Between Islands: culture and life in Atlantic Scotland explores the inspiration and legacy of islands in the arts, crafts and literature of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides. This exhibition, part of the wider Between Islands project, comes from Orkney. It features objects from Shetland Museum and Archive and Museum and Tasglann nan Eilean, alongside items from the permanent collections of Orkney Museum and Orkney Library and Archive, both managed by Orkney Islands Council.
Harris Tweed: https://orkneybetweenislands.wordpress.com/harris-tweed/
Complexity 2020 – Innovations in Weaving
The Exhibition has now finished but is still available to view here: https://www.complex-weavers.org/gallery/complexity-2020/
The Complex Weavers’ biennial exhibition is being held as a virtual exhibition this year – much more accessible for Guild members than the planned venue of Knoxville, Tennessee! It opens on Monday 29 June at midday (BST) at and showcases recent textile creations that bear within them some form of complexity, whether they have been woven on a table, treadle, dobby or Jacquard loom. All were made by hand and designed by humans, and all exhibit technical excellence! There are some wonderful illustrations on the site. Well worth a visit.
Butterflies, detail. Wall hanging by Rosalie Neilson. Warp-faced rep woven on 16 shafts. Cotton.
Previous exhibitions can also be found here: https://www.complex-weavers.org/gallery-category/exhibit-gallery/
For information about outside events that the Guild is involved with please contact Chris Moore or Jenny Gunston using the contact page.