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Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

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Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam Fibre Art Interactive textile sculptures

Horiuchi MacAdam is a leading fiber artist in Canada and Japan, using knitting, crochet, and knot making techniques to create her work. Currently, her work focuses on creating large, interactive textile environments.

MacAdam’s work is often described as ‘fibre art’ which became a widely accepted art form in the 1970s.

'Fibre Columns/Romanesque Church' and 'Atmosphere of the Floating Cube' are two early pieces by the artist that were influential in the fibre art movement. In these works, Horiuchi MacAdam established her affinity for working on a large scale, differentiating her from many other textile and fibre artists of the time.

In the early 1970s, MacAdam’s work shifted from being simply fibre art, to interactive spaces as well as a leap from muted colours to a rainbow palette.

She was inspired to create textile playground spaces for children after seeing children climbing in a three-dimensional textile sculpture that she was exhibiting.

After this discovery, she began to observe the lack of parks and playground in Tokyo, where she was living at the time, and the negative effect that was having on children.

I love an artist who instead of being mad at children playing with their art embraces it. Her installations look fascinating


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