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kiran p gill is a malaysian-canadian textile artist based in the greater toronto area. he was born in subang jaya, malaysia to an irish-canadian mother and punjabi sikh father. 

his artistic practice centres pre-industrial, land-based textile traditions within the scope of natural dyeing, weaving, yarn spinning, and needlework. with his work, he seeks to reconsider the material cultures of his ancestors within new contexts, combining asian and european traditions, and finding common ground through themes of spirituality, lineage, grief, cycles of time, and place/displacement.

kiran's research focuses on the history of natural dyes and pigments, with particular interests in ethnobotany, craft theory, sustainability, and archaeology.

kiran has attended artist residencies in iceland, malaysia, and indonesia, and is a two-time canada council for the arts grant recipient. he is currently working on his bachelor's degree.

workshops

2023
- gather in the park: flowers and floss with @withwendy and @oh.charlotte.rose, high park nature centre
- artmeets: printing with natural dyes, east end arts

2022
- artmeets textile edition: printing with natural dyes, east end arts
- graduate craft day: ink-making with natural materials, ocadu student union


grants

2023
- explore and create: research and creation (rimbun dahan residency), canada council for the arts

2022
- explore and create: research and creation (iceland residency), canada council for the arts


exhibition record

2022

ós textile residency exhibition

residencies

- rimbun dahan centre for the arts, selangor, malaysia
april-may 2023

- ós textile residency, textilmidstod / icelandic textile center
blonduos, iceland
may 2022


education

bfa in material art and design
ocad university, tkaronto
2020-present

diploma in liberal arts (history)
seneca college, tkaronto
2018-2020


other experience

threads of life dye studio, bali, indonesia
april 2023

textile museum of canada, volunteer
2019-2022

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