Michèle Karch-Ackerman: Ghost Seamstress

At the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Ghost Seamstress, photo by Zach Ward

Ghost Seamstress | Michèle Karch-Ackerman

April 8 – June 26, 2022

“I make clothing for ghosts. The dead, the forgotten, and the hurting. For thirty years I have stitched conceptual wardrobes to manifest healing.” – Michèle Karch-Ackerman

The act of making garments by hand, one by one, each time with a wearer in mind, is an act of devotion. When the intended is no longer living, this may seem an impractical gift. What it does, is hold space for their imagined lives, a place in which to put the energies of grief and hope. Each stitch is a reverential gesture; an offering; a product of care. The threads of Ghost Seamstress wind through histories, literature, domesticity, nostalgia, and labour to consider the lives of women and girls.

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Bluebird Encounter, performance still, courtesy of the artist

Bluebird Encounter, Performance by Madeleine Brown, Directed by Karthy Chin
Saturday, June 4 from 2pm – 4pm

Bluebird Encounter is a ten-minute monologue, blending poetry and prose, adapted by Madeleine Brown from the writings of poet and biographer Molly Peacock.

Inspired by and staged in Michèle Karch-Ackerman’s exhibition, “Ghost Seamstress

Artist Talk with Michèle Karch-Ackerman
Sunday, June 5 from 11am – 12 pm

Join us for an artist talk with Michèle Karch-Ackerman in the exhibition, “Ghost Seamstress” on Sunday, June 5.

Bookbinding with Jeffrey Macklin and Michèle Karch-Ackerman
Sunday, June 5, Two Sessions: 2pm – 3pm and 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Fee: $25

Join us in the main gallery to learn bookbinding techniques and work together to complete the production of our hand numbered, short-run, full colour publications “Ghost Seamstress.” Each participant will receive two copies of the book which includes writing by Molly Peacock, Fynn Leitch and Michèle Karch-Ackerman. Pre-registration required.


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250 Crescent Street | Peterborough, Ontario | K9J 2G1
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Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm | Free admission
This venue is partially accessible.

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