Hard Twist 14: Entwined
Sep
5
to Jan 5

Hard Twist 14: Entwined

Opening reception: Thursday September 12, 7-10pm
3rd and 4th floor galleries
Created and produced by the Gladstone Hotel

“Hard Twist is the Gladstone Hotel’s signature juried exhibition of contemporary textile and fibre art, now in its 14th year. Hard Twist 14 – Entwined explores the cultural space of Canada. Works in the exhibition address many themes, including geography, politics, consent, relationships, race, trauma, cultural symbols, gender issues, capitalism, belonging, the land, and, of course, the iconic feature of our climate – snow. The materials and techniques are as varied as the ideas behind the works.”

Image: Misha Gingerich

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Workshop: Exquisite Corpse
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Workshop: Exquisite Corpse

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Exquisite Corpse – a vintage game played among poets and artists during the Surrealist movement in the early 20th century – is a collaborative, chance-based activity to create life-sized bodies belonging to humans, animals, monsters, or all three.

Children are given a prompt word to inspire them to create the head, torso or legs of the body; then volunteers assemble the three parts together to create the exquisite corpse.

Sunday, August 31-Monday, September 2 from 12:00-6:00pm.

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Cloth Confessions:  REPEAT AFTER ME: BLOCK PRINTING SEAMLESS PATTERNS
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Cloth Confessions: REPEAT AFTER ME: BLOCK PRINTING SEAMLESS PATTERNS

Participants will learn to create seamless repeat patterns using several surface design techniques. they will transfer their own designs onto lino blocks to carve and print on cotton scarves. This workshop will encourage conversations on personal narratives and inspire participants to tell a story on their scarves. Participants are invited to bring personal textiles to talk about or include in their work, and will have the opportunity to see and touch historic textiles from our Education Collection.

Please register here to save your spot as space is limited. No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

For questions, comments, or general inquiry, please e-mail me at  kaziz@textilemuseum.ca

While this workshop is open to everybody, priority will be given to youth aged 16-25. This workshop is free to all registered participants, and TTC tokens will be offered to those who need them. As this workshop is 6 hours long, we will provide tea, coffee, and light snacks. Participants can bring a bagged lunch with access to our microwave, or we can recommend options for food nearby.

IMAGE: KALAMKARI (HANGING); GUJARAT, INDIA; 19TH CENTURY; GIFT OF DR. HOWARD GORMAN

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Cloth Confessions: Envelope Style Book Sleeve
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Cloth Confessions: Envelope Style Book Sleeve

Inspired by Indian mirror purses, participants will learn to create their own envelope style books sleeve using dry felting techniques. Basic embroidery stitches will be taught to add personal touches. With the opportunity to see and touch historic textiles from our Education Collection, this workshop will encourage conversations on personal narratives and inspire participants to tell a story on their book sleeves. Participants are invited to bring personal textiles to talk about or to include in their work.

Free with admission to the Textile Museum of Canada. Please register here to save your spot as space is limited. No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

Image: Bag, Central Asia, Turkmenistan, Early 20th Century. From the Opekar / Webster Collection. T94.2017.

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Cloth Confessions: Beaded Sashiko Pencil Case
Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Cloth Confessions: Beaded Sashiko Pencil Case

Participants will create a small beaded sashiko quilt that they will turn into a simple pencil case. With the opportunity to see and touch historic textiles from our Education Collection, this workshop will encourage conversations on personal narratives and inspire participants to tell a story on their pencil cases. Participants are invited to bring personal textiles to talk about or to include in their work.

Please register here to save your spot as space is limited. No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

Image: Sashiko Quilt by Volunteers and Staff of Textile Museum of Canada

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The Doll Project: #SewMuchHeart
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Doll Project: #SewMuchHeart

I am creating a one-of-a-kind, collectable Surgi Doll that will be available in an online auction to support family-oriented initiatives of Textile Museum of Canada and Project Sunshine Canada. The Doll will be displayed at the Museum on the evening of April 11, with the auction period running from March 28-April 11 at 9:30pm.

Surgi Dolls made of different skin tones are given to children to travel with them through their medical journey. The Dolls in this auction are not for hospital use. The ticketed event features special guest Sally Siren.

ONLINE AUCTION: Thursday March 28–Thursday April 11 https://m.biddingforgood.com/auctions/341691304/items/341875715
RECEPTION: Thursday April 11, 7-10 pm, $75 / person; $700 / 10 people

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*REGISTRATION FULL* STITCH-A-STORY: APPLIQUÉ AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

*REGISTRATION FULL* STITCH-A-STORY: APPLIQUÉ AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Participants will learn appliqué and embroidery techniques to create lavender sachet pillows. With the opportunity to see and touch historic textiles from our Education Collection, this workshop will encourage conversations on personal narratives and inspire participants to tell a story on these small pillows. Participants are invited to bring personal textiles to talk about or to include in their work. This project is supported by the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program.

No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited. Free with admission.

Registration is full. Email me at kaziz@textilemuseum.ca to be added to the wait list.

Image: Wall Hanging, India, 20th century. Gift of Ken Melamed in honour of Lanie Melamed, TS04.12.40.

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Workshop: Introduction to Repeat Patterns
Feb
5
12:30 PM12:30

Workshop: Introduction to Repeat Patterns

This 2-hour workshop will be an introduction to making repeat pattern designs. Participants will learn two methods of drawing shapes and lines on square paper. One method includes cutting and pasting, the other includes folding techniques. Next, participants will take photos of their designs and bring the designs into PhotoShop.

In PhotoShop, participants will learn to make the drawings black and white, clean up the lines, colour them in, and make them into repeating patterns. Those who finish early can also learn to make brick or tear-drop repeats.

All materials will be provided. Workshops are free and open to current students at OCAD U. We encourage you to bring your laptop to the workshop. If you are unable to bring one, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange for one from AV Loans.

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the Ontario Postsecondary Access & Inclusion Program, administered by the WLC.

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(mus)interpreted (Group Show)
Oct
11
to Nov 2

(mus)interpreted (Group Show)

"(mus)interpreted is an annual group exhibition showcasing the works of emerging Muslim women artists living in the GTA. The show represents a spectrum of identities and realities, provides alternative perspectives, and is an expression of hope for a self-determined, inclusive future. "

Opening Night: Oct 11 6:30-9pm.

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Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making
Jun
27
to Mar 31

Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making

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Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy, "Crosscurrents explores ongoing cultural exchanges and interactions between Indigenous people, settler Canadians and newcomers over the last two centuries, and examines shifting identities, intersections and contestations that inform textile expressions alongside the stories of those who make Canada their home."

I was one of the artists invited to respond to a historic textile piece. Visit the Museum to see this important exhibition and my response to a beautiful quilt work.

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Workshop: Block by Block, Thread by Thread
Mar
10
to Mar 24

Workshop: Block by Block, Thread by Thread

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A series of storytelling and printmaking workshops for the newcomer community, focusing on our personal histories and experiences of arriving and settling in Canada. Participants will share their stories in their groups if they feel comfortable, then they will be guided in making scarves using shapes and colours that tell their stories. Unconventional printmaking tools and materials will be used so participants can feel confident to continue printmaking outside of the museum setting. No previous skills required.

Workshops: March 10, 17, 24 from 1-4pm. The workshops are not consecutive.

These workshops were funded by the Government of Ontario, and Myseum of Toronto; and these workshops were in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto Ward Museum, Paralia Newcomer Arts Network, and Myseum Intersections.

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