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T R A M E d' A U T O R E

4th International Fiber Art Biennial from Chieri, Italy

Textilmuseum St.Gallen

1st June to 16th October, 2005

  Trame d’Autore, literally "the author's weft yarn", means as much as an "association of artists": thus textile artists from all over the world are communicating today's creations involving the "textile fiber".

The works exhibited here are by artists from Argentina, Australia, the United States, Africa and various European countries. Switzerland is represented by five artists.

The St.Gallen Textile Museum has been able to take over the
4th Biennial from the City of Chieri.

The exhibition was very successful in Chieri, and the St.Gallen Textile Museum is pleased to be in a position to familiarise its visitors with the wide range of present-day international textile art.


  Conditions of participation
Participation in the 4th Biennial in Chieri was subject to the following criteria: the works had to be developed and produced by the artists themselves. Series products were not admissible. The objects had to consist of materials for traditional or experimental weaving. However, mixed and other techniques were also admitted. With regard to size, only a width of 2m was prescribed. Moreover, works that had been made before the year 2000 were not admitted.

Textile materials and techniques
For a long time, the basic material of textiles, the fibers, were supplied by the vegetable and animal kingdoms. The best-known among them are cotton, flax, hemp, silk, or the wool of sheep, goats, llamas and camels.
Today, the number of textile fibers – particularly of those used in textile art – appears to have increased almost without limit. Apart from all the chemical fibers, use has been found for fibers that are unusual, virtually "alien". These include hot glue, glass fibers, tree bark, twigs, indeed even barbed wire.

Textile techniques, too, have multiplied. Traditional methods from all eras and cultures are combined, placed in new contexts, and expanded by means of unconventional experimental possibilities.

  Unity in diversity
The works that have been created bear witness to craftsmanship, to long experience of handling textile materials, to a creative search for individual expression, and to the discovery of individual voices, the artists' personal imprint. The exhibition shows skilfully captured harmonies between agreement and discordance, thrilling rhythms in alterations between lightness and weight, or extravagant pathos beside social communication. The unifying factor in this diversity is constituted by the main element of textiles: the magic thread that links long-forgotten cultures with the people of today and points the way towards tomorrow.

The exhibits call on us to become involved and take up a stance. Visitors cannot help but establish their own relationship with exhibits: they will be consciously attracted by a work or sense their own rejection of it.

Ursula Karbacher, lic. phil. I, Curator


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