Tufting Gun Tapestries

2019

Tufting Gun Tapestries was an exhibition co-created with Material Institute and Duval Timothy, for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennale.

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We presented textile experiments, exploring alternative education and spatial practices. The gallery was transformed into an active site of learning and production through the investigation of the ancient carpet making technique reimagined with contemporary tufting equipment. We also practiced natural dyeing processes (indigo, turmeric, cochineal, kola nut, onion skin and hibiscus flowers) to colour the yarn used in the tapestry. Students from the Material Institute, as well as the founding teachers Big Chief Demond Melancon and Norma Hedrick, used the tufting guns to create their own works as well as contributing to tufting a vast cotton tent structure.

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