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The Textile Museum Hypes Hooked Rugs

THE CRAFT TRADITION OF RUG HOOKING IS HIGHLIGHTED THIS FALL AT THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA

Textile Museum of Canada Hooked Rugs

Peter and Nancy as the two-headed Dog hooked rug (photo: Dalhousie Art Gallery)

SEPTEMBER 24 TO FEBRUARY 8  The intersection of craft and commerce is the focus of a significant new exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. Part of the institution’s 40th-anniversary programming, “Home Economics” surveys the stories and iconography that have informed rug hooking, a prominent folk art with over 150 years of tradition and evolution in Canada. More than 100 pieces comprise the colourful show, documenting for contemporary viewers a rich history of artisanal entrepreneurship—particularly as practiced by women in this country’s rural areas. As with many things Canadian, regional differences play a role here: the coast-to-coast collection includes rugs by Emily Carr (yes, that Emily Carr), New Brunswick’s Gagetown Hookers (a.k.a. Lydia and Raymond Scott), and present-day artists like Toronto’s Barbara Klunder and Heather Goodchild. —Craig Moy

• Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., 416-599-5321; textilemuseum.ca
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