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Textile Museum of Canada announces the 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award Winners: Hannah Epstein, Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Omar Badrin­

Hannah Epstein (Toronto and Los Angeles) is a self-described neo-folk media artist. Hannah’s artistic practice includes hooked rugs, video games and interactive installations. Her work is included in the TMC’s touring exhibition Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs. She will explore textile representations of animals and beasts, both real and mythological, to create a bestiary of her own.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Potawatomi and Lenape) is engaged in an art practice that includes printmaking, textiles, performance, installation and video. Vanessa plans to study traditional quillwork embroidery, with a view to creating new work based on Indigenous languages that includes a personal material language of her own.

Omar Badrin (Toronto) received this year’s Honourable Mention Award. Omar is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his own identity by crocheting sculptural portraits with fishing twine and flagging tape – methods and materials that refer to traditional crafts of Newfoundland, where he was raised. Omar will research the TMC’s collection of crocheted textiles.

The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The TMC can support the applicant’s customized program of research and access to the TMC’s library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 13,000 global artifacts. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern.

If you are interested in donating to the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Fund, please visit or call 416-599-5321 x2246.

LEFT to RIGHT: Hannah Epstein, Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Omar Badrin
DETAIL IN FOOTER: Hannah Epstein "Mouser"


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Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

About the Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. The Textile Museum of Canada presents rotating exhibitions, changed throughout the year. Exhibitions draw from TMC’s collection and present the work of local, national and international contemporary artists. The TMC also host touring exhibitions and guest curators through various partnerships and collaborations.

The Textile Museum of Canada is a non-profit cultural and internationally renowned educational institution, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2015. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for 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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