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When Art Inspires Home: Exploring The Textile Museum of Canada

It’s not hard to imagine that since the inception of museums as public institutions, artists, beauty-seekers and dreamers from all walks of life have sought out fresh inspiration amongst the treasures housed there. This is true even now, in the hustle and bustle of modern life of Toronto’s downtown streets. With over 100 (that’s right!) non-profit art galleries and university art galleries in the City, if you are looking for inspiration for your next home decorating project, you will never be disappointed.

Wonderland Series: “Curiouser and Curiouser #2” 2015

Knowledge is Power, photograph by Katherine Knight, 2009

Read on for an intimate look at one of our favourite museums in Toronto that rouses our imagination each and every time – The Textile Museum of Canada. Draperies, upholstered surfaces, apparel for all occasions, wall-covering and other utilitarian applications mean that textile arts are an integral element of any well-designed home – and life… so you can’t blame us for being a little biased!

Jane Kidd in Studio. Photo provided by Jane Kidd

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives. What’s more, The Textile Museum of Canada is also a non-profit cultural and educational institution that focuses on the exhibition, collection, conservation, research and dissemination of the materials and values of everyday life, including archaeological, traditional, innovative and experimental methods and practices.

Wixarika Art by José Benítez Sanchez

A walk through the halls of the TMC inspires with every display – an impressive collection and verity of artistic expressions in textile medium are bound to stir your creativity for your next home decoration project. Every exhibit, every artist and every artefact is curated to stir and inform the love of textiles in every expression. The permanent and the special collections include inspirations from around the world and celebrating the skills and innovations that are both familiar and splendid at once.

Upcoming “Don’t Miss It!” Exhibit: Color Improvisations 2: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts

Color Improvisations 2 is an exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow, one of North America’s most celebrated and influential quilt makers and teachers. The exhibition includes 25 spectacular large-format quilts by 25 artists from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States – including a piece by Nancy Crow. The project grew out of Crow’s interest in celebrating the “…majesty, strength and energy of large textile works, specifically large quilts.” While the group’s collective use of rich solid colors improvisational piecing, and intricate machine quilting are all at the service of pure abstract design, each artist maintains a strong individual identity.

Nancy Crow

The exhibit will run at the TMC May 30–September 23, 2018. We can’t wait!

Inspiration within reach

Check out this block printing video from Morris & Co. and Style Library. This is imagination and workmanship worthy of any museum exhibit, yet within reach for your next home design project.


When you are ready to get to work on your own inspired home decorating project, we are here to connect you with museum-quality service and products that will bring your vision to life. Make an appointment or request a call today.