International Textile Challenge: France, Japan and South Africa
- Main Exhibition Room
- Opens Thursday 28 May 2013 at 18h00
- Closes Sunday 14 July 2013 at 17h00
In June 2010, thirty South African fibre artists had the honour of being invited to join Marie-Jose Michel from France and Izumi Takamori from Japan in an International Textile Challenge.
The challenge was simple. For the theme, Movie Directors, thirty film directors were chosen, five each from France, Japan and South Africa, and the balance of fifteen from around the world. This provided an opportunity for most participants to research movie directors previously unheard of or unfamiliar to them. Each director was allocated to three artists, one from each country, who produced 50 x 50 centimetre artworks in fabric. Each participant was required to interpret an aspect of the film director, either the man himself, or a particular movie, or a general theme associated with his work.
The exhibition of ninety textiles has been seen at the Yokohama International Quilt Week in Japan, followed by an exhibition in Korea, and at four venues in France. Each textile is exhibited with a mission statement, and the comparison between different ideas and techniques used makes for very interesting viewing.
This exhibition is now touring South Africa, and the Tatham Art Gallery is one of the selected hosts. Our thanks and recognition goes to Colleen Roberts, a well known fibre artist from Durban, who was responsible for coordinating the South African contribution and touring programme.
See Movie Evenings under Leisure and Entertainment for details of movies by relevant directors to be shown for the duration of the exhibition.