2nd International Triennial for Textile Art – “Art With Silk” 1989

Airport Gallery Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main
Catalogue: “Kunst mit Seide”, Frech Verlag, Stuttgart 1989.
The art of textiles can be described as the interrelationship between threads and their fabric, which is as old as humanity’s need to protect itself against cold. Until the beginning of the industrial age, textiles were purely made for family use. Many different forms of textile art were created at a time when woven items were considered a luxury. The major effort that went into producing each fabric hints at why threadbare pieces were always carefully mended. This necessity became an art – textile art, which developed out of women’s domestic chores. Through the artistic interplay of weaving, personal signatures can be recognised through the patterns, stresses and effects. Indeed, for many centuries textiles represented the only possibility for women to practise art. In 1986, 1989 and 1992 the international “Art with Silk” exhibition exhibited a wide variety of international contemporary textile art: paintings, batiks, patchworks, quilts, pleating and knitting techniques, the Sprang and Shibori techniques from Belgium, Germany (before reunification, both East and West), Finland, France, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the US.

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