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Spotlight on Quebec :: The Montreal Centre For Contemporary Textiles

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

The Montréal Centre For Contemporary Textiles is an important resource for fibre artists who wish to improve their skills or experiment with a new craft. The centre holds introduction and refresher workshops in knitting, weaving, embroidery, felting, basketry or dyeing in French and English. These workshops are inspired by tradition but are known for their modern twist.

In June 2017 (June 8th & 9th) Adrien Landry’s workshop “Knowing Fibre” will teach participants how to identify the different fibres and how to use these elements to their best advantage.  (This class is in French.)

Adrien Landry holds a BFA (Visual Arts) from Concordia University and a Diploma in Textile Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He has received grants in New Brunswick, Alberta and Quebec and participated in numerous exhibitions.

The mission of the centre is to provide professional instruction in the skills required for the design and production of textiles. The are known for encouraging experimentation. innovation and creativity. This is a space for research, training in textile creation, professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs.  The institution promotes the textile arts through exhibitions, conferences and gatherings.

The DEC Program is designed for those who want to make a career in the textile industry. The studio/school is a working space based on an idea of collaboration. This three-year DEC program teaches students to design and create original works and limited-run objects for the fashion, design and lifestyle sectors. The language of instruction is French. The program is offered in collaboration with Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

The program’s instructors are all accomplished in applied arts and textile creation. They teach traditional methods alongside the latest textile construction techniques. They are well-known for encouraging students to develop their creativity, expertise, and skills in the use of specialized software and equipment for weaving and stitching. Current embroidery, sewing, dyeing and felting techniques are also included in the program.

The centre’s gallery features one-of-a-kind creations by their students. There is everything from gorgeous, haute couture fashions to baby toys to fibre installations. The gallery page is definitely worth a look for anyone interested in unique hand-crafted items.

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