Slow textiles – rethinking our enviro-social impact through fibre art

Three very different exhibitions demonstrate the capacity of fibre art to carry contemporary loaded messages.
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Chiharu Shiota: ‘For me, black is like the universe – you cannot follow just one string.’ Picture: Sunhi Mang, courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Local Colour: experiments in nature opened this week, promoted with the tag line of: ‘An exhibition of contemporary textiles and fibre art.’  Its description offers a pretty wide girth, and yet, this is an exhibition that taps into quite a specific global movement of “slow textiles” which embraces a return to the handmade and holistic, and in doing so imbues the medium with an enviro-social message.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina