Encyclopaedia Domestica installation detail1 at Library and Gallery Cambridge, ON 2011
Universe Quilts 210x165cm each 2011
Universe Quilt 1 detail
Universe Quilt 2 detail
Universe Quilt 3 210x160cm 2011
Encyclopaedia Domestica installation detail at Library and Gallery Cambridge, ON 2011
Ecyclopaedia Domestica 235x200cm 2012
Encyclopaedia Domestica detail 1
Encyclopaedia Domestica detail 2
Encyclopaedia Domestica detail 3
Encyclopaedia Domestica detail 4
"Anna Torma's textile art combines personal and formal elements with traditional hand-embroidery and stitching techniques producing complex images deeply rooted in culture and craft. Through layers of text and image amongst found and fabricated textiles the wall-hangings recall drawing and collage more than conventional embroidery. Torma's fascination with textiles comes from the material's usefulness, and its ability to represent and unite art, culture and history." Iga Janik, Curator
Some times ago, I acquired five heavily worn old quilts from Grimsby, Ontario. These quilts were part of an antique textile collection, many of them handmade from IWW soldiers uniforms.
I was deeply drawn to these ruined objects and took time to imagine how to incorporate them into my recent practice. The wool surface material and the cotton backing were beyond repair so I separated all tree layers and trimmed the frayed edges of the damaged holes, then reassembled them on a bright silk underlay. In this way, the cut-out circles formed shining sets of random patterns, adding an additional layer of meaning and making an interesting base for my hand embroideries based on scientific and everyday observations about our celestial surroundings.