Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs May 17 to June 30, 2019 at Thames Art Gallery

Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs  

May 15 – June 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

"Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs" explores the unique stories and histories that have informed hooked rugs in Canada, the highly recognizable forms of folk art with roots in 19th-century North America. Selected from the Textile Museum of Canada's rich archive of international material culture, the exhibition represents generations of artisanal entrepreneurship, women's domestic and collective work, as well as rural development in Canada.

Among the significant works featured in "Home Economics" are seldom-seen historic rugs, including those by the "Gagetown Hookers" – Lydia and Raymond Scott – as well as contemporary pieces by Maritime artists Nancy Edell, Deanne Fitzpatrick, Hannah Epstein and Joanna Close, with Toronto's Barbara Klunder and Heather Goodchild, and Yvonne Mullock from Calgary.

Whether the result of the imagination of the maker or the use of a prepared pattern, this exhibition celebrates a highly visible part of folk culture in Canada, and explores how craft and commerce have been deeply entwined, producing iconic expressions that speak to individual artistry, skill and creative imagination as well as the broader social and economic landscape.

Curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy.

Organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada with the support of the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage

Image credit: Grenfell Mission, Newfoundland and Labrador 1935-1945 Silk or rayon, cotton, burlap, hooked 33 x 45 cm Gift of Heather Bryan. T00.49.1