The Crysalis Moving Textiles series offered by the University for the Creative Arts in the UK features some of the world’s most exciting examples of textile innovation. An exhibition at the Herbert Read Gallery on the UCA Canterbury campus during June and July of 2014 brought forth some Jetson-like textile art projects that intrigued and even startled many hitherto-naive fiber lovers (c’est moi.) I had no idea that such a broad range of art students, faculty and professional fiber artists was exploring the interface between textiles and technology in so many amazing ways. No Luddite, I was a tad skeptical at the title: “Moving Textiles”, wondering if my long detour from London would only yield some self-indulgent fashion-school gimmickery. But no.
You had to be there, but the creative energy and out-of-the-box design sense in evidence were of the highest calibre. The thoughtful integration of technology in the design and function of textiles made attending this show both a delight and an education in textile modernity.