Archival photography on linen and felt and live art. May 7-8 at Craft Ontario, 990 Queen Street West, Toronto.
For The Mending Lounge at Craft Ontario, I was invited to create a "signature mend" that considers the act of mending as a fading practice as well as issues such as de-skilling, global labour and fast fashion. Patching Things Up presents views of women who worked and organized as part of the 20th century textile and garment industries in Canada. Archival photographs applied to hand-stitched patches memorialize these skilled workers, and allow us to reflect on intersections of artistic and industrial labour. The production of these small works in the gallery space, and the process of teaching visitors how to make the patches, highlighted the handwork central to both industrial work and craft traditions while creating space for considering (and mending) our fractured connection to global workers and our own labour history.