Friday, January 25, 2013

Marimekko at the TMC

This week, an exhibition of Marimekko fabric, fashions and ephemera opened at the Textile Museum of Canada.  I'm proud to say that I worked a wee bit on this exhibition and that as a bonafide 60s art and culture buff, it was a totally fascinating and visually delicious experience working and living with the items highlighted in the exhibition several hours a week at work.  For those of you who don't already know, Marimekko is a Finnish design house founded by Armi and Vijo Ratia during the post-war period, and whose heyday was in the 1960s and 70s (though they are certainly going strong today).  The influential and visionary company helped usher in a distinctive, Scandinavian brand of Modernism that was fun, bold and combined geometric and organic references to excellent effect.

I just found this cool little video produced by Maclean's Magazine which features an interview with Marimekko With Love Curator and TMC Directress/Boss Lady Shauna McCabe, as well as cameos by many of my fabulous co-workers.  For those of you who are interested in checking out the exhibition, it's up until March.

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