Digital Jacquard: Mythologies – Exhibition

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About the Exhibition.
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The Fashion Gallery of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) is pleased to present the exhibition “Digital Jacquard: Mythologies” showcasing masterpieces by six renowned artists Junichi Arai, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Philippa Brock, Lia Cook, Wen-Ying Huang, and Liz Williamson, who passionately involved in the cutting edge of the art. By means of the magical Jacquard technique, the artists create aesthetical pleasing textile arts in various forms, patterns and express a variety of sensational themes. Jacquard textile is one of the oldest and most sophisticated types of textile. Now the combination of computerized design and Jacquard technique creates limitless possibility of fascinating textiles.

Participating Artists
Junichi Arai, textile creator, renowned textile designer
Junichi Arai, a master of fiber artist, was born in Kiryu of Japan. He started doing hand weaving at an early age in his family’s mill, and has since devoted to innovative design of fabrics. In the 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated with the renowned fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake and Rei Kawkubo, to integrate the innovation of fabrics into fashion design. The unconstrained creation of fabrics brought entirely new materials into fashion, stirred enormous sensation and inspired new origination. From 1970s, Mr. Arai worked on Jacquard textiles and produced the effect of oriental style textile designs, which is synergy of artistry and utility. Works of Junichi Arai accomplish the perfect integration in textile dyeing of traditional crafts, knowledge of modern chemistry, and new technology, thus each of them is full of unsurpassed allure. He calls himself a “Textile Creator”, but is called a “Post-Industrial Expert” and a “Talent of Japan’s Fabric Industry”. He and some Japanese avant-garde fashion designers are regarded as the core group for contemporary textile products. His works are included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Museum of Modern Art New York and the American Craft Museum.

Louise Lemieux Bérubé, textile designer and writer on jacquard weaving, Co-funded the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles
Born in Montreal, Louise Lemieux Bérubé has a BA in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She studied Jacquard weaving at Rhode Island School of Design. Her designs have received many honors and distinctions. She is a finalist for the “Saidye Bronfman Award” in 2005 – one of the most prestigious awards in visual arts. Her works are regularly presented and sold in Canada and abroad. She is internationally recognized for her knowledge and her work in Jacquard weaving and computerized embroidery. She has founded the Montréal Centre for Contemporary Textiles in 1989 and she has been the director since the very beginning. She teaches mainly textile design applied to complex weaving. She is the author of Le tissage créateur, a manual for designers in weaving of all levels.

Philippa Brock,  textile designer, Subject Leader of Woven Textile, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Philippa Brock is the Woven Textile Pathway Leader at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of The Arts London and an independent international textile researcher and designer/Jacquard artist with a portfolio practice. She received her BA (Hons) in Textiles from Goldsmiths College and an MA (by project) from the Royal College of Art, London, UK. She was previously trained and practiced as a nurse. Brock’s textile practice lies in CAD/CAM woven Jacquard. Her work has included researching and developing sustainable textiles, e-woven textiles, designing seasonal textile trend packages and developing woven and printed swatches for the textile industries, both fashion and interiors, and she also exhibits concept textiles. 3D woven effects are part of Brocks’ design signature. Pieces of her work from her “Self Assembly” series for the science/art project: “Nobel Textiles” have been acquired by the Crafts Council UK, for their permanent collection. Her most recent work has been researching, developing and exhibiting sustainable long life woven denim concept textiles “Cherish” for the VF Corporations’ global sustainability summit, Responsible Living section in 2012 and developed the new works,
“X – Form” smart textiles for her solo Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles exhibition “2D – 3D” in 2012. Brock is a member of The Textile Futures Research Centre, based at the University of The Arts London, is an editor of The Weave Shed, a free community resource site for professional weavers, with a blog and is currently developing a collaborative, multidisciplinary textile research practice “The Houndstooth Project” with textile printing designer, Jo Pierce.

Lia Cook, famous artist in jacquard weaving, Prof of California College of Arts in Oakland
Lia Cook is a professor of art at the California College of Arts in Oakland, where she has dedicated herself as a teacher and colleague since 1976. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied political science and painting and worked closely with Ed Rossbach during her graduate program. Fascinated with the potential of weave structure, Cook acquired an antique Jacquard loom head in Europe in the early 1980s and restored it to working condition in her studio. She researched the traditional Jacquard design process in which all work is done by hand and then pioneered the use of the electronic Jacquard handloom both in her studio work and in the classroom while teaching. Currently, she produces her weavings on a loom with 2,640 independently programmable warp threads. She uses photographic and weave software to design her work. Cook has earned numerous awards, including the Excellence award from the Museum of Kyoto, Japan, at the 3rd International Textile Competition in 1989 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1992. The American Craft Council named her a Fellow in 1997. She exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, with over 90 shows since 2000. In 1992 she participated in the 15th International Biennial, Contemporary Textile Art at the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2006 her work was featured in Design Life Now, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.

Wen-Ying Huang, famous artist, Professor in Tainan University, jacquard weaving
Wen-Ying Huang was born in Taiwan. She completed her Master of Fine Art degree in Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 1993. She is an Associate Professor of the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts in Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan. She has earned many awards, including the Excellence Awards from “From Lausanne to Beijing – 6th and 7th International Fiberart Biennale”. In 2003, She achieved a diploma from “The 4th International Textile Art Biennial” in Kaunas. In 1996, She was granted the “Freeman Fellowship” from Vermont Studio Center as well as “The Second Weaving Craft special award” in Taiwan. Recently her selected Group Exhibitions included the 1st and 2nd “International TECHstyle Art Biennial” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in 2012 and the same exhibition in 2010、“Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2011” Museum Rijswijk (The Netherlands) and “Experiments with Light: Art Lab” Kaunas Biennial Textile satellites exhibition (Lithuania) in 2011. In the past three years she had her solo exhibitions among Taiwan including “Overl(e)ap–Wen-Ying Huang Solo Exhibition”, Gallery 107, Taichung, Taiwan, in 2012 and “Shuttle Flying–Wen-Ying Huang Solo Exhibition”, Pacific Cultural Foundation, Taipei, in 2010.

Liz Williamson, famous textile designer, Head of School of Design Studies, UNSW
Liz Williamson is an internationally respected textile artist who began weaving in the late 1970s. Her work reflects a long-standing interest in the history, use and construction of cloth itself. She has designed for industry, produced unique works for major exhibitions and maintained ongoing studio production, specializing in hand-woven scarves and wraps, since establishing her own studio in 1985. Passionately researched over three decades, her knowledge and skills in relation to textiles are a remarkable resource. In her work she embraces some of the oldest techniques of her craft along with new and innovative computer aided processes. Williamson’s work is represented in most major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum.
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