The Power Plant

Carla Fernández: Dances and Ceremonies

Sat Oct 29 2016

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

FREE with daily Art Toronto admission
$45 multi-day fair pass (allows access to all three Power Talks and all four days of the fair)

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West

Carla Fernández. Photo: Graciela Iturbide.

Mexico City-based artist and fashion designer Carla Fernández was one of 11 worldwide recipients of the 2013 Prince Claus Award, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. In her Power Talk, Fernández will speak about her extraordinary approach to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities. Fernández travels throughout Mexico, visiting artisans who specialize in creating handmade textiles using centuries-old techniques. She is helping young artisans understand that in the face of today’s “fast fashion,” they can indeed earn a living by continuing their family’s traditions. Her contemporary take on handcrafted methods is proving that ethical fashion can be striking, avant-garde and forward-looking. Carla Fernández’s fashion label is inspired by the geometries and textile richness of Mexico, and has been featured in publications including Elle, Vogue, i-D, *wallpaper and The New York Times magazine. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Heath Ceramics, San Francisco; SIFA The O.P.E.N. Festival, Singapore; MADMuseum, New York; Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City; and Museo Amparo, Puebla.