SUMO Project is taking its Latin-American background to task by integrating the traditions of weaving and basketry into the design of Leonia Luminaire and Thesis Bench.
Textile art has been part of indigenous practices since precolonial times, assuming an important role in the development of human civilization and culture. Beyond its practical uses, textile art has also incorporated rich designs and colours into its more than 10,000-year evolution. Most of these designs, as many other ornamental practices, were used to embellish the skin, tell stories or represent tribal traditions. The use of vivid colours, for example, has remained as an expression of happiness and of the positive outlook that characterizes Latin-American culture.
A desire to experiment humanizing modern designs with traditional techniques and resources has inspired SUMO Project to create a hybrid that incorporates new materials and technologies with traditional textile art processes. It is a reaction from more than one hundred years of Ornament and Crime where “the evolution of culture marched with the elimination of ornament from useful objects,” and from SUMO Project’s very own experience of inadvertently removing ornament from our designs. This is an opportunity to celebrate cultural background and reconnect with the essential aspects of being human.
For this endeavour SUMO Project invites fellow Latin-American designer and artist Michèle Guevara, to collaborate and partake in this creative process of humanization by hybridization.
January 16-22, 2017
Dylan Ellis Gallery
1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON.
Window gallery viewing: 24 hours
Opening reception: Thursday, January 19th from 6-9pm