Honest Threads

Iris Häussler    (2009)


Open:
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.


Media:

News and Magazines:


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


Fiberarts, Gil McElroy, "Review - Iris Häussler: 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

Radio:


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


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

Reflections:


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


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

Blogs:


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 Häussler", 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 Häussler, 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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