Portage: Textiles, extremes of scale

Susan Mowatt, Hazel Hughson (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract / Description of output

Small scale assemblage created for the exhibition Portage:Textiles, extremes of scale entitled 'Why Does Art Hate Me?'

Curated by Hazel Hughson for the Bonhoga Gallery, funded by Shetland Arts and the Scottish Arts Council
Catalogue with essay by Jessica Hemmings



Installed in all Bonhoga exhibition spaces will be textiles by selected international artists and jewellers working in textile materials, mainly from Finland, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands and Britain. The extremes of scale in the exhibits, and their placement in the gallery spaces, will focus the viewer on the vast potential of textiles: the way textile techniques and materials can be used to express ideas beyond the usual scope of functional textiles in loom width, or garment structure.
There are surprising examples of woven, stitched, printed, knitted or embroidered objects and wall pieces. Some textiles are in the form of expressive three-dimensional drawings in wire and fibres, others tell stories or are large in scale but made up of small elements. There are curious, moving, funny or precious objects: all deserve closer attention: powerful ideas can be expressed through small textiles.

“Portage: textiles, extremes of scale. “ is the third in the “Portage” series of craft exhibitions supported by funding awarded to Shetland Arts by the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) to research the work of artists and designers in northern Europe and to curate new and easily transported contemporary craft exhibitions especially for Shetland. Like the first two Portage exhibitions; ‘Crossing Points’ and ‘Ring Symbols’; ‘Textiles, extremes of scale’ brings new influences to inspire the public, textile makers and craftmakers, and connects with viewers through interpretive gallery texts, a catalogue, workshops and gallery tours. The exhibition was curated within the project definition of ‘Portage’- ‘moving objects or influence across land between sea routes, or making changes in elevation from one plane to another, bringing objects or new influence.’
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBonhoga Gallery, Lerwick, Shetland
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • textile

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