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February 22–June 25, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: February 22, 6:30–8 pm

Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework
Curated by Anna Richard
Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections
Curated by Sarah Quinton

Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework

Kind Words Can Never Die is the first public exhibition of Jane Webster’s comprehensive collection of Victorian stitched mottos. These textiles represent a fascinating intersection of mass production and hobby craft; the printed cardboard backings are a product of industrial manufacture while the colourful stitches are the unique work of individual makers. The mottos are shown alongside captivating photographs that tell the story of the collector and attest to the pleasure this lovingly displayed collection brought into the lives of Jane’s friends and family.

The TMC would like to thank Jane Webster’s family for their support and for the generous loan of Jane’s collection that makes this exhibition possible.

Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections

Portraits and Collections is the culmination of an ongoing project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight, whose documentation of Jane Webster’s personal collection of needlework mottos is a response to its allure through photography, video and audio recordings. As she creates and amasses this new series of images and sounds into a personal body of work, Knight extends the reach of the collector’s legacy into a new creative project.

This exhibition is organized by the TMC with the generous support of the Anne Angus Contemporary Program Fund. The artist acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Ontario Arts Council and York University.

Portraits and Collections is a Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Image: Bedroom, Caribou Hilton series, photograph Katherine Knight 2006
Image: The Old Oaken Bucket, Caribou Motto series, photograph Katherine Knight 2009


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

About the Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding. Connecting contemporary art and design to international textile traditions, 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 13,000 artifacts from virtually every country and region, 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 as “high tech” as “high touch” – recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Katherine Knight is recognized for her landscape based photographic works and documentary films on art and culture. In 2000, Knight received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize from the Canada Council recognizing excellence in Photography. In 2006, Knight founded Site Media Inc, to create films on artists and creative process in relation to experiences of place. Site Media’s award winning films have played worldwide through festivals, television broadcast and post secondary distribution. Knight’s photographic works are held in private, public and corporate collections including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum London, Department of Foreign Affairs, Banff Centre for the Arts and The Canada Council Art Bank. Knight is a Professor of Visual Art at York University and previously served as Dean of Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1996-2000.