“Creating Futures – Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” showcases 29 vibrant textile artworks celebrating the hope and extraordinary resolve of African grandmothers as they work to create futures for themselves and the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.
The “Creating Futures” exhibit is organized by the Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo who invited textile artists to create artworks interpreting the themes of: “hope rising”, “caring”, “inspiring”, “hand in hand”, “educating”, “sustaining community”, and “we are not alone”.
I chose the theme “hope rising” for my dimensional stumpwork piece “Snowdrops.”
Snowdrops (galanthus nivalis), the first flower of spring in our part of the world, symbolize hope. These resilient blossoms poke their delicate heads through layers of fallen leaves and crusted snow as soon as the sun starts to warm the cold earth. Despite setbacks of heavy spring snowfalls, sleet and freezing rain, they persevere to remind us that more favourable, life-supporting times will come. These blossoms are created using a technique I call Modern Stumpwork. I combine the modern technology of free-motion longarm machine stitching with the 16th century dimensional hand-embroidery technique known as Stumpwork.
The “Creating Futures” traveling exhibition can be seen at the following Ontario locations through April 2015:
- Oct 17-18, 2014: All Saints Anglican Church, Petawawa
- Oct 25-29: Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
- Nov 1-29: Collingwood Public Library, Collingwood
- Jan 15-Feb 5, 2015: Orillia Museum of Art & History, Orillia
- Feb 10-24: Alton Mills Arts Centre, Alton
- Feb 27-Mar 9: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Toronto
- Mar 16-30: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre, Oakville
- Apr 11-19: Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
- Apr 21-26: Studio 404, Guelph
A full colour catalogue and note cards of some of the works are available at the show locations.
The closing Gala and Auction will be held Friday, May 1st, 2015 at the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.