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Katie Longboat White Medallion (detail), 2017

Beads, they’re sewn so tight Exhibition Catalogue Launch

Saturday January 26, 2019
6-8 pm, Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue, Toronto)

Join us on Saturday January 26 to celebrate the launch of the catalogue for the Textile Museum of Canada’s most recent exhibition: Beads, they’re sewn so tight. The publication features writing by curator Lisa Myers and full colour reproductions of the artwork in the exhibition.

Beads, they're sewn so tight (on now until May 26, 2019) presents the work of artists Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall and Olivia Whetung, who employ distinct techniques in their approach to using beads and thread. From bead weaving to loom work and bead embroidery, their artwork threads through formal concerns of colour and design attending to critical issues such as language retention, stereotypes and social/environmental injustices against Indigenous people.

All are welcome; free.

The catalogue will be available for purchase in the Textile Museum Shop and online. PRICE: $22.95

This event coincides with Manidoominensagemin Toronto [we are beading in Toronto], a beading symposium organized by Lisa Myers and the Textile Museum of Canada happening January 25-27, 2019.

The symposium will contribute to and build on the scholarship around contemporary Indigenous art with a focus on beading techniques and quillwork. Through making and learning together the symposium workshops will create opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, skills and the building of communities.

Facilitators: Bev Koski, Brenda Lee, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, Marie Brunelle Moreau, Lisa Myers, Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow, Franchesca Hebert Spence, and Olivia Whetung.

We are grateful for the overwhelming amount of interest in this event. Registration is closed as all tickets to the symposium have sold. Learn more!

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

Facebook: @textilemuseumofcanada
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Twitter: @TMCtoronto

The Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles. Connecting international textile traditions to contemporary art and design, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions, welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 14,000 artifacts from about 200 countries and regions, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities.

A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Open seven days a week, the TMC is located steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The TMC Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books and toys and globally sourced artist-designed and artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at






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