The Cutting Edge: Freeing Textiles

Exhibition: September 22nd – October 28th 2018

Works by Patricia Took-Stephens (left)  and Catherine Wright (centre & right)

But is it Art?

Textiles have long been the Cinderella of the art world; for some, marking the boundaries between between art and craft – should textile work be thought-provoking, intellectual or political? Or should it be practical, domestic, decorative and inviting – perhaps something to do in a spare moment? Or should it be fluid, free to range where it will, manifesting in individual works that resist categorising?

The Cutting Edge: Freeing Texiles is a glimpse into the varied and eclectic world of very different artists from all over New Zealand currently working in the textile arena  Drawn from diverse practices, the works show a breadth of interest and technique that questions the boundaries of the traditional view of textiles.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be two workshops, featuring long-time feltmaker and craft dyer Kate Mahoney and  inspired eco-printer Catherine Wright. Kate will be teaching how to make a small decorated bag or purse, while Catherine will be presenting a technical workshop teaching the basic techniques of eco-dyeing on wool and silk fabrics. Patricia Took-Stephens’ Artist Talk will be about her work, its inspiration and its development. Please contact Arts in Oxford for further details.

Workshops:  (see our Workshop page for more information)

September  30th 9:00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Felt a textured purse with Kate Mahoney

October 21st  9:00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Eco-printing on wool and silk with Catherine Wright

Artist Talk – October 14th 2:00 p.m. Patricia Took-Stephens, North-Canterbury textile artist.

The Cutting Edge: Freeing Textiles opens at Arts in Oxford gallery from September 22nd 2018.

With the support of the Waimakariri District Creative Communities Scheme.CCS_logo_Waimakariri