Textile art reinvented

Textile art is back bolder and more conceptually-driven than ever before, challenging definitions of material and practice.
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Anita Larkin whose work The Breath Between Us (2014) wells from her background as a sculptor and felt-maker, and challenges the conventional definitions of textile art in this triennial; Photo Pedro Altuna; supplied courtesy the artist.

Textile art is one of the oldest art forms in existence but Group Exchange, the second edition of the Tamworth Textile Triennial, shows it is also at the cutting edge, interacting with technology to produce new takes a million miles from old-style fibre art.

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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

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