Honest Threads

Iris Haeussler    (2009)

January 22. to March 8. 2009
Honest Ed's Department Store, Toronto, Canada

Honest Threads displayed garments and the memories they carry. Lent by Torontonians, each item holds a personal story revealing a glimpse of the many threads that weave our identity over time. Visitors were be able to borrow the garments and wear them for a few days, experiencing both literally and psychologically what it is like to "walk in someone else's shoes." At the same time, they added new layers to the clothes' history. Trading experiences on both tactile and narrative levels can enrich our collective perception of the place we call home. As pieces of a vast puzzle, these individual stories render a fragmentary portrait of the city, attesting to its complex history.

Honest Threads was curated by Mona Filip as an offsite project of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. See also Honest Threads on blogspot.


News and Magazines:

Hamilton Arts & Letters, Martha Baillie, "Truth or Dare", Spring 2010
(plus Image Portfolio)

Fiberarts, Gil McElroy, "Review - Iris Haeussler: Honest Threads", Summer 2009

Torontoist, Meg Campbell, "Honest Ed was no artist but he sure can draw a crowd", March 10. 2009

Scarborough Arts Council Newspaper, Sara Aranha, "Toronto's Honest Threads", Surface & Symbol, March/April 2009

Canadian Jewish News, Sherry Smither, "Art installation allows you to walk in Ed's shoes", February 5. 2009

Now Magazine, Fran Schechter, "Second-Hand Iris", February 4. 2009

The National Post, Alison Broverman, "Second-hand stories", January 24. 2009

The Star, Peter Goddard, "(Dis)Honest Iris", January 22. 2009

Globe and Mail, Naomi Carniol, "A perfect fit", December 20. 2008


89.5 CIUT, Peter Stock, (podcast) "Honest Threads", February 20. 2009

CBC, Marina Wray,"SOUNDS OF THE CITY: Honest Threads" January 22. 2009


Kristen den Hartog, "Needle and thread: the need to connect", April 14. 2009

Martha Baillie, "Truth or Dare", March 5. 2009


The Textile Files, Solveigh Goett, "Honest Threads", May 28. 2009

Alternavox, Aoife Gold, "Attire as Art", March 16. 2009

The Sweetie Pie Press, "mysteries of the universe revealed (they mostly have to do with clothes).", March 7. 2009

Worn Fashion Journal, Serah-Marie, "Honest Threads", March 5. 2009

Toronto Craft Alert, "Truth or Dare: Three perspectives on two projects by Iris Haeussler", March 2. 2009

ArtClothText, Mackenzie Frere, "Honest Threads at Koffler Centre of the Arts", February 26. 2009

The Sweetie Pie Press, "thread bares all.", February 19. 2009

Multicoulourred knits, "Honest Threads", February 13. 2009

View On Canadian Art, Andrea Carson, "VoCA Recommends... A Collaborative Art Project by Iris Haeussler, Toronto", November 28. 2008

Unedit my Heart, Leah Sandals, "99 cent dish towels! 5 dollar shoes! And art, art, art!", November 25. 2008

Honest Threads, installation view (c) Isaac Applebaum
Honest Threads, installation view (Photo: Isaac Applebaum).

Honest Threads, installation view (c) Isaac Applebaum
Honest Threads, installation view (Photo: Isaac Applebaum).

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