Entitled “HOME ECONOMICS: 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs”, an event will look into the origins, creation, and social impact of hooked rugs. This form of folk art is unique to the Canadian culture. It has been a part of Canadian lifestyle for a century and a half. For many locals, it served as an opportunity to express their artistic side while supporting reusing and recycling of materials. It also became a means of livelihood for some. For these reasons, it holds a big importance in the identity of Canada as a community and an international region.
The event will focus on iconic stories, images, and communities involved in the tradition of hooked rugs, featuring the works of various artists. The Textile Museum of Canada’s archives, together with public and private collections, will provide the artwork. It will be curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy; and will be organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada.