Craft Futures: Panel Discussion at the Textile Museum of Canada


Craft Futures

Textile Museum of Canada
Wednesday January 22, 6–7:30 pm

Moderated by curator Farah Yusuf, this panel discussion will feature three of the artists whose work is included in the Textile Museum of Canada’s current exhibition, Wild. Carrie Allison, Omar Badrin, and Emily Jan will each have an opportunity to share their work, focusing on their respective uses of craft practices in beadwork, crochet, and felting to challenge thinking about culture, identity, and the environment.

This program is generously supported by the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.

Farah Yusuf is an independent curator based in Toronto. Her practice explores themes of cultural identity, hybridity, language, and technology. She has held curatorial residencies at the Textile Museum of Canada and Humber College Galleries and currently works at the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and the Ontario Arts Council. Yusuf holds an MA in Experimental Digital Media from the University of Waterloo (2013) and a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices at OCAD University where she was awarded the Curatorial Practice Medal and Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2011.

Carrie Allison is an Indigenous multidisciplinary artist born and raised on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC), with maternal roots in High Prairie, Alberta. Carrie is currently situated in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS). She holds an MFA, a BA in Art History, and a BFA from NSCAD University. Her practice responds to her maternal Cree and Métis ancestry, thinking through cultural loss and acts of resilience, resistance, and activism. Her work is rooted in research and pedagogical discourses, seeking to reclaim, remember, recreate and celebrate her ancestry through visual discourses. Carrie Allison is a recipient of the Textile Museum of Canada’s 2019 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Malaysia and raised in Newfoundland. Badrin is currently situated in Toronto and holds an MFA from OCAD University and a BFA from Grenfell College at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University. Badrin creates crocheted masks and skins out of non-traditional materials, speaking to his experience as a person of colour growing up in a predominantly white province. This work considers the complex feelings of otherness that come from experiencing racist violence. Omar Badrin is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the Textile Museum of Canada’s 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award.

Emily Jan is an artist and writer born in San Francisco, California, and currently situated in Montreal. She holds an MFA from Concordia University, an Honours BA from Brown University, and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts. Jan has traveled to 35 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiosity. Jan works with materials such as wood, reed, cloth, silicone, and resin to create hyper-realistic installations of found objects inhabited by both handmade and found flora and fauna.

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Wild is ON NOW until March 15, 2020

Wild features work by five emerging Canadian artists who make mischief of neat and tidy systems of classification. Through a range of textile processes and materials, these artists render fabulous flora and fauna that are defiantly aberrant, untamed, and uncultivated.

Emily Jan, mappaemundi : one month in Newfoundland (detail) (2019); Mixed media; All materials, dyes, and inks collected in the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland; wool from Cull and Hayes Farms; doily from the home of Kathleen Knowling and dyed by Felicity Roberts. Photo by Darren Rigo.

Omar Badrin, Racially Bounded, 2019; Phosphorescent paracord, mason’s line. Photo by Darren Rigo.

Carrie Allison, Beaded Botanical 7 (Adiantum Pedatum L.) (detail), 2019; Toho beads on linen. Photo by Darren Rigo.


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


The Textile Museum of Canada has a 44-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 Textile Museum of Canada is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research, and creative initiatives.

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