My studio practice centers around weaving. It is my language. I make sense of the world through interlacement. The use of colour and natural dyes is guided by my intuition. This contrasts with my cartesian, planned and calculated approach to weaving. The rigour of my expertise in weaving is juxtaposed with practices that I approach with playfulness and a naïve freedom. Printmaking, clay, digital and sound explorations keep me attentive and alert.
Each millimetre of thread is a register of my feelings and thoughts as it runs through my fingers. As the warps and weft cross, new possibilities arise. The loom connects me to a lineage of past makers. The performance of the repetitive gestures creates bridges beyond temporality.
My linguistic heritage oscillates between languages. Simultaneous and uncompartmentalized translations are my norm. Can I materialize the future that is translanguaging? Could the notation for translanguaging be found in the structure of cloth? How can translanguaging be written?
Anie Toole received her MFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Fine Craft diploma in Constructed textiles from Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and a BSc Honours in Mathematics from the University of Ottawa. She is the recipient of a Textile Society of America Student and New Professional Scholarship Award and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Surface Design Association. Toole exhibits artworks in Canada, the United States and France.
La Fabrique Culturelle, «Dans l'œil de... l'artiste textile Anie Toole » [vidéo], 3 mars 2021