Past Exhibit


Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs

Display Date: 
September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Level 3, Main Gallery

Featuring over 100 hooked rugs from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection, this exhibition explores the unique histories that have informed generations of artisanal entrepreneurship, women’s domestic and collective work, and rural development across Canada. The exhibition features examples ranging from early Canadian settlers to today’s thriving art practices. Highlights include rugs made by nationally renowned painter Emily Carr; Grenfell mats hooked in Newfoundland and Labrador beginning in 1892 using kits distributed by the Grenfell Mission to generate income; and rugs designed by artists and hooked by local women for sale to tourists visiting Quebec as part of an initiative led by Georges-Édouard Tremblay and Clarence Gagnon. Later rugs include those by the “Gagetown Hookers” – Lydia and Raymond Scott – as well as contemporary pieces by Nancy Edell, Deanne Fitzpatrick, Hannah Epstein, Joanna Close, Barbara Klunder, Heather Goodchild, and Yvonne Mullock.  Whether the result of the imagination of the maker or the use of a prepared pattern, Home Economics celebrates a highly visible part of folk culture in Canada, and explores how craft and commerce have been deeply entwined.

Organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada.

Curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy.

This exhibition tour is supported by the Museum Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


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