"I am attracted to the material and tactile nature of cloth as well as its ability to be activated by the human body, whether it be through movement, use, or as a visual signifier or metaphor. I most often make or reinterpret simple, everyday textiles like tea towels, rugs, blankets and scarves; my work aims to be both art and craft, utility and practicality."
Amanda Rataj is an artist and weaver living and working in Hamilton, Ontario. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and, since graduating in 2010, has developed her contemporary craft practice through independent research, artist residencies, professional exhibitions, and lectures.
Recent exhibitions include Crosscurrents: Canada In the Making (The Textile Museum of Canada, 2018-2019), Nothing is Newer Than Tradition (Art Gallery of Burlington, 2017), and Living Well (Craft Ontario, 2017).