Category Archives: Articles and essays

Four Houses, Never at Home: Tents, Capitalism and the Fabric of Living

It seems, these days, that tents are everywhere. In the wake of natural disasters, in the face of manufactured crises, after conflict, and on the edge of borders, can be found fragile, ephemeral fabric dwellings. This paper tells the stories

Four Houses, Never at Home: Tents, Capitalism and the Fabric of Living

It seems, these days, that tents are everywhere. In the wake of natural disasters, in the face of manufactured crises, after conflict, and on the edge of borders, can be found fragile, ephemeral fabric dwellings. This paper tells the stories

Quilts for the 21st Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting

“Quilts for the Twenty-First Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting” In Handbook of Textiles, eds. Janis Jefferies, Hazel Clark and Diana Wood Conroy. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014, pp. 197-210. In this chapter, I begin by exploring the rich

Quilts for the 21st Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting

“Quilts for the Twenty-First Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting” In Handbook of Textiles, eds. Janis Jefferies, Hazel Clark and Diana Wood Conroy. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014, pp. 197-210. In this chapter, I begin by exploring the rich

Oil Futures/Petrotextiles

The Petrotextiles project is one of my contributions to the Visualizing the Invisible project. It is made up of a series of research papers and talks documenting the fraught relationship between textiles and oil. So far, this project has been

Oil Futures/Petrotextiles

The Petrotextiles project is one of my contributions to the Visualizing the Invisible project. It is made up of a series of research papers and talks documenting the fraught relationship between textiles and oil. So far, this project has been

F’ing Up Contemporary Art

“F’ing Up Contemporary Art: Fiber in the Gallery.” F’d Up! Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario. Exhibition: September 26-November 9, 2013, pp. 4-6. Read the full catalogue here.

F’ing Up Contemporary Art

“F’ing Up Contemporary Art: Fiber in the Gallery.” F’d Up! Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario. Exhibition: September 26-November 9, 2013, pp. 4-6. Read the full catalogue here.

Appropriation Appropriated

with Laura Murray. “Appropriation Appropriated: Ethical, Artistic and Legal Debates in Canada.” In Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law. Madelaine Saginur, Teresa Scassa, Mistrale Goudreau, eds. Toronto: Irwin Law. Although Appropriation Art is often

Appropriation Appropriated

with Laura Murray. “Appropriation Appropriated: Ethical, Artistic and Legal Debates in Canada.” In Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law. Madelaine Saginur, Teresa Scassa, Mistrale Goudreau, eds. Toronto: Irwin Law. Although Appropriation Art is often

More a Diplomatic Than an Aesthetic Event

Kirsty Robertson with Sarah Smith, Stephanie Anderson, Elizabeth Diggon and Ahlia Moussa. “More a Diplomatic than an Aesthetic Event: Canada, Brazil and Cultural Exchange.” Journal of Canadian Studies 47 (January 2014): 1-29. This paper looks at models of cultural brokering

More a Diplomatic Than an Aesthetic Event

Kirsty Robertson with Sarah Smith, Stephanie Anderson, Elizabeth Diggon and Ahlia Moussa. “More a Diplomatic than an Aesthetic Event: Canada, Brazil and Cultural Exchange.” Journal of Canadian Studies 47 (January 2014): 1-29. This paper looks at models of cultural brokering

Titanium Motherships of the New Economy

“Titanium Motherships of the New Economy: Museums, Neoliberalism and Resistance.” In Imagining Resistance, Keri Cronin and Kirsty Robertson, eds. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011, pp. 197-214. This chapter examines the contradictory role of museums as showcases of cultural capitalism, but

Titanium Motherships of the New Economy

“Titanium Motherships of the New Economy: Museums, Neoliberalism and Resistance.” In Imagining Resistance, Keri Cronin and Kirsty Robertson, eds. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011, pp. 197-214. This chapter examines the contradictory role of museums as showcases of cultural capitalism, but

Extra/ordinary

Rebellious Doilies and Subversive Stitches: Writing a ‘Craftivist’ History Focusing on knitting, this essay briefly examines what might be gained and what is lost through the erasure of a historical trajectory of radical practice. To get at this question I

Extra/ordinary

Rebellious Doilies and Subversive Stitches: Writing a ‘Craftivist’ History Focusing on knitting, this essay briefly examines what might be gained and what is lost through the erasure of a historical trajectory of radical practice. To get at this question I

Erasing Environment

“Erasing Environment: The Soldier of the Future and Utopian Smart Textiles.” In Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy. Iss. 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 15-16. Invitation in hand, I made my way to the blue “Wedgewood” conference rooms at the Chateau Laurier

Erasing Environment

“Erasing Environment: The Soldier of the Future and Utopian Smart Textiles.” In Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy. Iss. 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 15-16. Invitation in hand, I made my way to the blue “Wedgewood” conference rooms at the Chateau Laurier

Embroidery Pirates and Fashion Victims

Embroidery Pirates and Fashion Victims: Textiles, Craft and Copyright Debates over copyright and craft are particularly thorny, jumping as they do from notions of a common shared history of quilting bees and knitting circles that should be open and welcoming

Embroidery Pirates and Fashion Victims

Embroidery Pirates and Fashion Victims: Textiles, Craft and Copyright Debates over copyright and craft are particularly thorny, jumping as they do from notions of a common shared history of quilting bees and knitting circles that should be open and welcoming