Cloth Cultures is an international conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the work and legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham (1911-2004), internationally renowned textile scholar, curator and member of the Order of Canada (1985). Burnham helped pioneer invaluable scholarly research in textiles and costume, and demonstrated that many layers of meaning could be revealed through object-centered research in both Indigenous and Western cultures.
This conference will examine Burnham’s legacy in a number of fields (academia, fine art and design, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, aesthetics, museology, weaving, spinning and fibre art – at least) and dig deeper into the diverse stories and influence imbued in global textiles and clothing.
This two-day event will feature 35 speakers from ten countries speaking on a variety of subjects, all related to how Dorothy Burnham has impacted their research, life and practice. Keynote speakers: Dr. Adrienne Hood (University of Toronto), Dr. Ruth Phillips (Carleton University, Ottawa) and Dr. Timo Rissanen (Parsons School of Design, NYC)
Registration for Cloth Cultures will open June 1, 2017
The great white north. Where winters are long and snowy, and summers short and buggy. Canada has its own unique weaving traditions adapted to its people and geography. Acadians, French-Canadian community weaving centers, overshot coverlets, immigrant traditions, Chilkat Dancing blankets, Hudson Bay Blankets, old and contemporary functioning Jacquard looms. Delve into the incredible diversity of current Canadian weaving styles.
In partnership with the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners
MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS
If you are interested in spinning or weaving, you are welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings! We do a variety of things together When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Where: The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street, Toronto, M4X 1B8)
SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN
An open session for spinners and knitters to socialise and work on their own projects. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along! When: Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm (please check the calendar for current dates) Where: The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm
IN THE COMMUNITY
The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. These are subject to confirmation.
FALL FESTIVALS See the Guild in action on the second weekend in September at the Riverdale Farm Fall Festival, and at the Cabbagetown Festival too!
Riverdale Farm is a great place to spend Family Day, with lots of fun activities taking place, including weaving and spinning that the whole family can enjoy.
Riverdale Farm opens its doors with the farm’s popular spring festival where Guild members use the fleece shorn from the farm sheep to demonstrate the old skills needed to make yarn, dye it and weave it into cloth. Come and see sheep shearing, basic wool preparation, spinning and weaving in action!