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HOME ECONOMICS 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs

Thursday, January 26, 2017 to Saturday, April 8, 2017

The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada.

HOME ECONOMICS: 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs explores the evolution, creative and social dimensions of hooked rugs, a uniquely Canadian folk art.  For over 150 years, as long as Canada is old, the craft and commerce of rug hooking has been an intimate part of the lives of many Canadians.  A form of personal artistic expression, reuse and recycling, as well as a means of earning a livelihood, hooked rugs are widely recognizable expressions of community and regional identity in Canada.

HOME ECONOMICS focuses on the iconic images, stories and communities reflected in rug hooking traditions.  It draws on the rich material archives of the Textile Museum of Canada as well as public and private collections.  It explores Canadian history through the development of rug hooking in Canada with a range of real-life narratives and anecdotes.  While the exhibition includes many historic examples, dating from the late 19th and early 20th C, it also examines the active revival of rug hooking by contemporary national guilds and independent artists.

The Textile Museum of Canada would like to acknowledge the lead support of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation and generous support from the Museum Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.  The full colour exhibition catalogue is made possible through the support of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum.

Curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy.  Organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada.

Image: Oval rug with dog, Ontario, early to mid 20th century, Wool, cotton, silk, burlap, hooked, braided, From the Opekar / Webster Collection, Textile Museum of Canada

Exhibition opening:  January 26, 2017 5-8pm


Nickle at Noon, Hit or Miss?  Artist Talk with Yvonne Mullock, February 2, 2017, 12-1pm

Textiles Underfoot and from the Margins of History.  A panel discussion featuring:  Michele Hardy, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère and Jennifer Salahub, moderated by Lorenzo Fusi.  Organized in conjunction with the Alberta College of Art and Design. Held in the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD.  February 9, 2017, 6pm.

Nickle at Noon, Exhibition Tour, Michele Hardy, March 16, 2017 12-1pm

Nickle at Noon, Textile and Texting: New Generations, Giuseppe di Leo, March 23, 2017 12-1pm

Nickle at Noon, Who are 'The Folk'?  Folkloristics and the Creation of a Subject, Kevin Anderson, March 30, 2017 12-1pm

Opening Reception: 
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Yvonne Mullock

Yvonne Mullock is a multidisciplinary artist who's practice encompasses nature and craft as well as drawing, sculpture, ceramics, video and textiles.  A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Mullock is based in Calgary where she creates works for galleries and site specific installations.  One of latter, involved a textile performance with members of the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts for the Esker Foundation's Project Space in 2014.  Two of the works that resulted from the performance and collaboration are included in the exhibition, HOME ECONOMICS 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs.

Gallery Hall, TFDL

Image:  HIT & MISS, 2014, Yvonne Mullock with the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts. Calgary, Alberta, Collection of the artist.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Michele Hardy, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère and Jennifer Salahub, moderated by Lorenzo Fusi. 

The panel will discuss approaches to the study of carpets and textiles and their relationship with contemporary art.  Held in conjunction with Home Economics:  150 Years of Hooked Rugs in Canada (Nickle Galleries, January 26-April 8, 2017) and Shannon Bool:  The Eastern Carpet in the Western World Revisited (Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, until February 11, 2017).

Organized in conjunction with the Alberta College of Art and Design.

**Held in the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD.  February 9, 2017 6pm.

Image:  Memling Carpet (2010), Shannon Bool, Courtesy Kadel Wilborn, Düsseldorf

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Need more fibre?  Join members of the Chinook Fibre Arts Guild for a morning of stitching and conversation.  Bring a needlework project and join us!  Guild members will answer your questions and demonstrate rug hooking. 

Knitters, embroiderers, rug hookers, and quilters of all skill levels—everyone is welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.

Following the session, Nickle curator, Michele Hardy will offer a guided tour of the exhibition, Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs (12-1pm).



Hooked rug, circa 1950, Textile Museum of Canada, T94.0357

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Michele Hardy

Tour Home Economics:  150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs with Nickle curator, Michele Hardy.

Image: Hooked rug with polar bears, Grenfell Mission, Newfoundland and Labrador, after 1916, Gift of Ginny Sloan, Textile Museum of Canada.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Giuseppe Di Leo

In 2012, Guiseppe di Leo, a faculty member of Dawson College in Montreal, facilitated the interdisciplinary project ‘Anatolian Rugs; Spirited Reflections.’  It involved students and faculty from across the college as well as members of the Montreal Oriental Rug Society to study and creatively respond to a number of treasured Turkish carpets.  The project, as evidenced by the resulting exhibition and catalogue, incorporated artwork, creative writing, documentation and science analysis, providing students with a profound opportunity for engagement, community building, and creativity.

Born in Italy, Giuseppe Di Leo has been living in Canada since 1958. He received his MFA. degree from York University, Toronto in 1980. Di Leo’s drawings and watercolours are rich in figurative detail and attentive to narrative genres of myth and autobiography. His drawings have been reviewed in various publications, and are featured in both museum and corporate collections. He teaches in the Fine Arts Programs at Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal, and is Director /Curator of the W.G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson College, Montreal.

Co-sponsored with the New Calgary Rug and Textile Club.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Kevin Anderson

This lecture will explore the roots of folkloristics as a coherent professional discipline. It will also discuss how “the folk” and folk objects became defined and the complex socio-political and cultural ideologies underlying who and what comprised these categories.

Dr. Kevin Anderson is an instructor in the Department of History, University of Calgary

Image:  An illustration of La chasse-galerie (The Flying Canoe) by Henri Julien, from a popular Quebec folktale.


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