Sofia Escobar grew up in Peru, deeply influenced by its rich textile legacy. A graduate of OCADU, she continues to be inspired by new processes of textile construction. With a wide range of interests, Escobar has created notable work in textile art and has exhibited in Toronto and New York City.
Digital Textiles challenge the general perception of textiles. Taking inspiration from phenomenological and non-traditional approaches to textiles, Escobar employs light, plastics and projections to communicate the narratives of a textile experience. This repetitive and intricate nature of textile construction is reinforced by the excessive labour of weaving the threads through the laser cut holes in each acrylic panel by hand. The mechanical tradition and techniques used in this project echo both the hand and machine processes of textile construction.
By combining traditional approaches to textile embellishment with technology, Escobar recomposes the functional and visual meaning of textiles and speaks about the meaning of perception and the appreciation of craft practices.
Beyond the general assumption that textiles are experienced solely thorough the sense of touch, Escobar looks at how we choose to interpret what we see through the different representation of textiles.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.