Celebrate the opening of the 19th edition of Fibreworks with highlights from the exhibition. Join the jurors of Fibreworks 2022, Yasmeen Nematt Alla and Hitoko Okada, for a virtual tour and discussion of the artworks selected.
Yasmeen Nematt Alla (she/her) is an Egyptian immigrant and settler living in Tkaronto, Turtle Island (colonially known as Toronto, Ontario). Her practice centres alienated collectivist narratives from an immigrant’s and an interpreter’s perspective. As someone who lives between cultures, she deciphers language barriers attached to togetherness through textiles, performance, and reactive sculptures that are often situated in social practice. She wonders how translation, experiences, and visuals intertwine with care, grief, and community building. She has most recently exhibited at the Grebel Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, Xpace Cultural Center, and ACRE Projects. As an artist worker, she supports art organizations in creating accessible and anti-racist modes of communications in their day-to-day operations.
Hitoko Okada is an interdisciplinary fibre artist, storyteller and curator currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. She has continued to develop her craft practice through artist residencies and workshops at Haystack School of Craft in Maine, USA and Kawashima School of Textiles in Kyoto, Japan. Her projects, exhibitions, performances and programs have been publicly presented in Vancouver, Toronto, Burlington and Hamilton. She is a recipient of Hamilton City Arts Award for Established Artist in Craft; a core member of the Hamilton Seven Storytelling Collective, and a member of the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild. She is currently developing a research-based body of work exploring the history and ancestral knowledge of cultural heritage craft of Japanese indigo, kakishibu dye, shifu weaving, supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council of the Arts.