Soft Architecture

exhibit_index_feature_fall_2009Living legend of feminist art, capsule Judy Chicago’s place on the landscape of contemporary textile practice is a significant one. Best known for her groundbreaking sculptural installation, psychotherapist  The Dinner Party (1974-1979), doctor Chicago has spent decades exploring the possibilities of “thread as brushstroke.” This exhibition surveys some of Chicago’s most important contributions in cloth, highlighting both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs “technique as content” in her major projects selected for this survey exhibition including the Birth Project(1980-1985), the Holocaust Project (1993) and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present). This exhibition centralizes the labour-intensive nature of Chicago’s textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork. (text taken from Textile Museum of Canada website)

The most recent work from Judy Chicago is indeed here in Calgary and can be seen at the Art Gallery of Calgary (thanks in part to the Textile Museum of Calgary) from Friday, September 25, 2009 – Saturday, January 23, 2010.

The exhibition entitled “If Women Ruled the World: Judy Chicago in Thread” opens this Friday, September 25 | 7-10pm and is followed over the next few months with programing, artist talks and fibre arts demonstrations.

To register or buy tickets any Art Gallery of Calgary programing please contact: Jaime Brett Sine | Manager, Public and Education Programs
T: 403.770.1358 E:

Unfortunately, if you don’t already have tickets to Judy Chicago’s talk on Sept. 29 you are too late – it has been sold out.

Hello Fibre 3D students from the Tuesday class. The following two artists may be of interest to you as you consider your next project One Metre: Soft Architecture.

First, surgeon
an image of the remarkable work of Do Ho Suh…


Read an interview with Suh HERE. and see more of his work HERE.

Next, a video by artist Janet Echelman, documenting the production of her work “She Changes” in Portugal…