This year the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is not only celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial, but is also marking the 150th anniversary of Almonte’s Rosamond No. 1 Woolen Mill. It’s a celebration of more than 150 years of industrial textile production in the Mississippi Valley. It is only fitting that many of this year’s exhibitions feature historic textiles or historic themes. Opening on March 14 and running until May 20, the exhibition “Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches” fits both categories.
In this colourful, creative and fascinating exhibit, textile artist Gloria Daly from Duncan BC gives discarded blankets a new public image, challenging the viewer to look for the inner beauty in the old and used. The works that she creates are labour intensive and thought provoking, exploring the relationship between yesterday’s discarded cloth and today’s philosophy of “recycling.” The works are a contemporary take on mending, patching and darning. Layered cloth allows worn and weathered fibres to recapture dignity as they record changes in temperature, the ravages of rust, and the tints and tones of tarnish and stain.
An outstanding artist, Gloria has received awards from the BC arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She studied Design and Embroidery with the City & Guilds Institute of London, England, was elected to the Embroiderers Association of Canada, and was chosen as an example of excellence in Design by the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Her works are in private and corporate collections in Australia, Japan, Canada, and the USA.
Come and celebrate Almonte’s textile history at the vernissage for this exhibition on Saturday March 18 from 2 to 4 pm. For more information call the Museum at 613-256-3754.