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Tuft the World: TTW Editions

Posted on July 02 2023

Tuft the World: TTW Editions
July 7 -July 30, 2023

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Paradigm Gallery hosts a new artificial intelligence driven exhibit with local tufting business owner Tim Eads and artist Crystal Latimer. Eads co-founded Tuft the World, a West Philly business that sells tufting supplies to crafters around the world. For this exhibit TTW Editions designers used artificial intelligence to program a robotic tufting machine fifteen feet tall and twenty-four feet wide to create beautiful, tufted rugs. The machine can create a piece that is ten by thirteen feet foot, using about 30 pounds of yarn, and it can be completed in one day.

“Since we started Tuft the World in 2018, we’ve been innovating ways to push the boundaries of what is possible with tufting and textiles,” said Eads. “This machine allows us to create one-of-a-kind pieces and this collaboration gives us an opportunity to get really creative and share our work with a wider audience.” This is TTW Editions first time working with artist Crystal Latimer to create collaborative editions. They are creating two pieces together, a 5x7 area rug and a 4x5 wall-hanging. The rest of the exhibit will be pieces created by TTW Editions designers.

“I've long wanted to create tufted rugs and believed that my paintings already held strong aspects of design that would naturally translate to this medium,” said Latimer. “The pieces I designed for the show include cheetahs (symbols of courage, power, and grace) as well as tigers (strength, focus). Also of appreciation, the two tigers depicted in one of the pieces are of a yin/yang nature, symbolizing feminine and masculine energy.”

Latimer has been interested in tufting since 2020 when she came across Eads’ Tuft the World Instagram account. “It's a full circle moment for me,’ said Latimer. “I’ve allowed tufting to influence my paintings in many ways, so this is a chance for those tufting dreams to finally come true.” Eads has been creating tufted pieces since 2018 and Latimer has exhibited her previous work at the Paradigm Gallery, in London, and Colorado. The exhibit runs from July 7 – July 30 at Paradigm Gallery, 12 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 

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About Tuft the World

Tuft the World was established in 2018 by Tiernan Alexander and Tim Eads, Texas-born artists and business owners living and working in West Philadelphia. The company was founded to provide tufters with the high-quality tools, materials, and instruction they need to make their own tufting projects. Tiernan and Tim’s collective experience as crafters and educators, as well as their uniquely creative approach to art and life, inspire their mission to make the craft of tufting accessible to a broad audience, while staying true to their values of equity and sustainability.

About Crystal Latimer
Crystal Latimer was born in Hollywood, CA but grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Crystal's work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, including at Collect Art Fair (Somerset House, London), Art Miami (Basel Art Week, Art Miami), Paradigm Gallery, Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Chautauqua Institution, George Washington University among others. Her work is included in public and private collections nationally and internationally; public collections including those of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, the Benter Foundation, and Wyndham Tryp Hotel.

About Paradigm Gallery
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. The gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork from around the world. Paradigm Gallery is globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within the greater Philadelphia arts community. In 2022, the gallery announced the opening of its new 5-story 7,000 sq ft home in Old City, Philadelphia. Now open to the public, the new space boasts multiple floors of gallery space as well as in-house design and printmaking, which is incorporated as part of its gallery and art advisory services in collaboration with other creators of the Paradigm Arts Building. As the gallery grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible and continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.