Mackenzie Kelly-Frère is a textile artist, educator and academic. His research focuses on complex woven textile structures; computer-aided weaving including Jacquard; the social history of textiles and craft theory. His work in the studio investigates cloth as a sensual and textual object that embodies potent metaphors for entanglement, connection, care and mutual contingency.
He has contributed texts to various Canadian and international publications including the forthcoming edited volume, Prairie Interlace: Weaving, Modernisms and the Expanded Frame (Fall’23), Craft Perception & Practice Vol III and recently to Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. Mackenzie teaches at the Alberta University of the Arts and is the new President of the Guild of Canadian Weavers.