Mary Duncan, Tara Francis, Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas, Patrick Leach, Colleen McCarten, Katie Nicholas, Shane Perley-Dutcher, and Meghan Price
Curated by Melanie Egan
Weaving is one of the oldest processes known to humans and is an enduring form of cultural communication. Few ancient examples remain, as natural materials degrade and disappear with time, yet the tactile inheritance continues and persists. Weaving methods and styles, whether simple or complex, have been created by myriad civilizations and deeply embedded in the evolution of cultures worldwide. Although cloth weaving has become industrialized in many parts of the world, high-caliber hand-weaving persists and baskets are almost exclusively woven by hand.
Weaving expresses an inherent narrative through motifs, symbols, design, and materials. It engages in storytelling, transmits ritual, enhances living environments and celebrates personal adornment. This exhibition embraces a broad presentation of weaving and includes non-traditional materials. The works are insightful, highlighting sublime skill and ingenuity.
–Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre