Joanna Schleimer is a Toronto based textile artist. She is a handweaver whose work focuses on creating delicate, personal and nostalgic textiles using fine materials. Schleimer studied Fibre at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Design and a university medal for Best in Program. Schleimer has spent time in Harbourfront Centre’s textile studio and was a member of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-Operative for two years, where she also served as a board member. She has shown her work throughout Ontario and has produced work for private commissions and collections. Currently, Schleimer is a Class Assistant in OCADU’s textile studio while also maintaining a studio practice.
Her studio work focuses on image making while weaving, utilizing the techniques of multi-weft woven inlay and hand embroidery. Schleimer communicates the feelings, memories and emotions associated with a young woman’s experience of expectation, domesticity and legacy through these images. While inlay is the addition of fibre to a woven cloth, Schleimer has recently been exploring subtractive methods of image making through burnout techniques. Schleimer’s work challenges the use of technology, preferring slow woven techniques which honour the unmistakable presence of the hand.