Into my World, 2023

Screen printed textiles, found (thrifted) objects

Kingi Carpenter

``I have had a lifelong love of designing and making things, that led me to start my creative career at the Ontario College of Art in the 1980s.

There, I realized that fabric design and screenp... rinting were the perfect artform for me. This all brought together my love of fashion/ sewing/drawing and colour. Textile design was also the perfect way for me to express my feelings, my feminist/political views and to (hopefully!) be self employed.

I became an indie fashion entrepreneur, with my business Peach Berserk in 1987. This business showcased my quirky, unique and progressive prints. My wildly popular studio/fashion boutique was open for 20 years, leading Fodor's Travel Guide to describe me as 'the undisputed monarch of Queen St West'.

Now from my reimagined store front space in Parkdale, Toronto, I run a screenprint studio/art space where I teach textile classes, host events and design/sell my screenprinted clothes. My line now is almost exclusively upcycled and repurposed. I love this 'new frontier' in my creative life and I feel I still have so much to say through textiles.
My current design/screenprinting classes are also so important to me. I am a visual arts teaching partner with the Toronto District School Board, and teach classes for Workman Arts in Toronto as well as at community centres, colleges, indigenous centres throughout Ontario and beyond. I have gone as far away as Northern Cambodia to teach my craft.

My DVD Screenprinting With Peach Berserk and Biz Tips for MisFits, and my book, Silkscreen NOW have sold internationally, and I'm now working on a new one too!``