STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward Exhibition

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward, features seven pieces of hand-crafted embroidery from the Zhou XueQing Embroidery Art Center in Suzhou, China. Dexterously stitched in fine silk threads, these exquisite pictures represent an array of subject matter including flowers, birds, and landscapes, continuing Suzhou’s 2000-year history of embroidering illusionistic scenes. Believing that this ancient craft could be the springboard for experimentation, resulting in contemporary expressions of what embroidery might be in the 21st century, WORKShop invited a small group of architects, artists, designers, and inventors to create original works. Inspired by the Suzhou tradition, they employ new technologies, processes, and materials, resulting in objects that range from purely decorative to highly functional.

WORKShop Inc.”Ž, 80 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2V1
October 26, 2011 – Februray 18, 2012

Curator: Prof. Larry Wayne Richards
Advisor: Dr. Michael Prokopow


Donald Chong, Shane Williamson and Betsy Williamson, Williamson Chong Architects

Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christos Marcopoulos, and Carol Moukheiber, Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD)

Eric Boyd, Hack Lab

Rhett Russo & Katrin Mueller-Russo, Specific Objects

Philip Beesley, Philip Beesley Architect

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Steele and Tomczak