Manitoba Craft Council: Scutelliphily, June 1 - 29
June 1 - 29, 2018
Open First Friday, June 1, 5 - 9 pm
C2 Centre for Craft
1 - 329 Cumberland Ave. Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday to Saturday, noon - 4 pm
Presented by the Manitoba Craft Council in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Network
Imagine a denim jacket adorned with pins and patches; it might belong to a teenager, rebellious punk, or tough biker. Like the caddisfly larva who build their cocoons using a self-generated silk, humans build our exterior selves through choice of hairstyle, clothing, cosmetics, tattoos and piercings, strategically concealing or revealing, repelling or enticing, or affiliating ourselves with a group.
Scutelliphily is a group exhibition of artist made patches that explore ideas related to this type of personal branding, the culture of display, and commodification. Loosely translated, Scutelliphily, refers to the collecting and love of patches or "little shields." Accessible, affordable, and unassuming, patches can nonetheless say a lot about us. In this exhibition curated by Zoe Schneider, the artists use the medium of a simple patch worked in embroidery, beading, print-making and more to give voice to themes of identity and representation.
Artist Katherine Boyer, a recent MFA grad from the U of M School of Art, investigates Métis history, material culture and personal family narratives in her work. In her piece for this exhibition, Boyer uses beadwork based on Google aerial maps of the site of the battle of Batoche to speak about history and cultural resistance.
Scutelliphily will open on June 1, 5-9 pm as part of First Fridays in the Exchange. Admission to the gallery is free and open to everyone.