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Exhibitions > Gathering - Edelkoort

Edelkoort explains the show's context: "We are an unstitched society suffering from a lasting socio-economic crisis that has made us ferociously protective and egocentric. It is time for mending and gathering, thus restoring the fabric of society: picking up the pieces and bringing them together in a patchwork of possibilities; a quilt of substance, able to absorb shock and fear.
 
"Here, we see traditional crafts are mirrored by the layering and weaving of different entities and characters into a single product; the entwining of one material with another gives colour to the human condition. Flexible three-dimensional patterns develop enlightenment, adding dimension to the future. The pleating and folding of matter into sharper form brings innovative architecture to life and helps design plan for society. The crinkling up of out-dated ideas can inspire the wrinkling of texture, delivering a message of humble beauty. We stitch fabrics into quilted armours or skins, lending a robust quality to furniture design. Ribbons inspire spherical planes while embroidery embellishes our surfaces. Felting and knitting are revived past-times, also crafting serial product collections. With the aid of machines, we bake new materials and wrap fibres around structures. We drape form into billowing beauty in order to control its volume. And the smocking of sheets evokes the revival of a romantic momentum."

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