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SHAKE-N-MAKE INSTALLATION AT THE COTTON FACTORY IN HAMILTON

FREE ART BUS TO HAMILTON FROM GLADSTONE HOTEL (TORONTO) FOR OPENING NOVEMBER 3

The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North) in Hamilton, Ontario is pleased to present a major installation, The Hand of Craft, by the art collective Shake-n-Make that opens on November 3 and remains on view until December 2. An opening reception will be held on November 3. Exhibition is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9am – 5pm and Saturdays from noon until 5pm.

For the past two years the Shake-n-Make collective has held free workshops in the English paper piecing hand-sewing technique throughout Hamilton and elsewhere in Canada with the goal of bringing community members into the large-scale site-specific installation project, The Hand of Craft. Participants contributed the sewing they completed at the workshop to be incorporated by Shake-n-Make into a 16’ x 6’ quilt top that spells out the word “Labour” in contrasting fabrics.

This quilt-top will hang in the third floor event space of the Cotton Factory, enclosed by large-scale (8’ x 5’) aluminum panels that are suspended from the ceiling. The panels feature monumental line drawings of hands in various acts of crafting. The Hand of Craft exhibition speaks to the question of what is art and what is craft while also exploring the hidden labour of "making" and women’s work. Additionally, there are two histories with which this project intersects – the history of women working in the textile mills and the history of ‘70s feminist artists who were also exploring the tension between craft and fine art.


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“Shake-n-Make’s quilt top banner makes visible the unseen labour of artists and women—work that is intensive, time-consuming, and culturally sustaining, but often disregarded or devalued—and questions the social implications for individuals who are defined by their labour, but are not appropriately compensated or acknowledged for it.” Marcie Bronson, Curator at Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines, Ontario)

The opening reception on November 3 (7-11pm) will feature live performances by The Vaudevillian. All events are free and open to the public. In addition, on November 18, Shake-n-Make will host a stitching party at the exhibition, featuring coffee and doughnuts, from 2pm until 5pm.

To book a space on the art bus from the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto go to the Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-hand-of-craft-exhibition-opening-receptionbus-from-gladstone-hotel-to-the-cotton-factory-tickets-39243099166?aff=es2

ABOUT SHAKE-N-MAKE
Shake-n-Make (members: Claudia B. Manley & Liss Platt) is a queer art collective whose work directly references the 1970s while elevating craft and subject matter beyond kitsch to speak to our current moment. The collective is particularly interested in creating tension between the domestic sphere (a primary site of crafting) and the public sphere (the world outside the home), undermining high/low divisions, and questioning what is appropriate as an art material. Previous exhibitions have included I Can’t Stop This Feeling: Crisis, Comfort, and Craft (MKG127, Toronto, ON), What’s Cookin’? (The Artists Newstand, Toronto, ON), and Domestic Brew: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall (Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON). Their billboard project, Domestic Brew: Craft Beer Garden, is on view on the Cannon Project Wall of Hamilton Artists Inc. until May 20, 2018. A recent interview of Shake-n-Make is featured in the journal nomorepotlucks.

Shake-n-Make is represented by MKG127 (Toronto, Ontario).

For more images and more information, contact:

Claudia B. Manley, 905.525.4363 or shake.n.makecollective@gmail.com; Instagram: @shake.n.makecollective

Laura Zeidler, 905.547.8256 or laura@cottonfactory.ca

This event is partially accessible.


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