In this interactive tour, artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher will engage participants through response cards that have been meticulously embroidered with quills. The program will encourage reflection on the political, social and emotional meaning of language.
Saturday, March 23, 1-2pm
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, ON
PRICING: General $20; Members $15*; Students $10
Vanessa Dion Fletcher is an artist of Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry, living and working in Toronto. Her practice is aligned with the intersections of contemporary performance and community engagement as they exist beside the powerful and longstanding material cultures of quillwork and beadwork—actively engaging with identity, social exchange, political critique, and hands-on learning.
In 2017, she asked artist and teacher Brenda Lee of Nipissing First Nation to teach her the process of working with porcupine quills, from harvesting the quills from the deceased animal to cleaning, dyeing, and stitching them onto a finished object. The two artists continue to share their knowledge of their relationships to materials, the land, traditional cultures, and the female body in relation to the natural world.
IMAGE: Courtesy of Vanessa Dion Fletcher