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By Design: Fashionable Inspiration opens at the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario. The exhibition is in the Tom Hill Gallery from February 18 to April 15, 2023.

By Design: Fashionable Inspiration explores the history of Indigenous fashion arts and traditional practices in fashion, craft, and textile work. This exhibition celebrates key pieces that created visibility for Indigenous fashion internationally.

Experience being involved in the process of design, touching and making with the Woodland’s open studio workspace. Drop-in sessions will be available until the closing of the exhibition. All workshop creations made by visitors will help create the Woodland Cultural Centre’s half of the community shawl in partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. This shawl will come together, symbolizing our two communities sharing knowledge, resources and building relationships. Participants will learn basic beading, plant-based fabric dying and traditional ribbon designs.

Visit the Woodland Cultural Centre website for more info on visiting the exhibition (here).

The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) was established in October 1972, under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (MI). WCC’s focus began on collecting research and artifacts, to develop its library and museum collections, expanding to include the arts in 1975 and the language program in 1984. With over 50,000 artifacts in our Museum collection, the Centre is one of the largest facilities in Canada managed and administered by First Nations. The WCC serves to preserve, promote and strengthen Indigenous language, culture, art and history; bringing the story of the Hodinohsho:ni people of the Eastern Woodlands to life through innovative exhibitions and programs. As an organization with historic expertise and strong community connections, WCC has a key role to play in knowledge and learning through its program offerings, including museums, language, education, library and arts.


Turtle Island News: By Design exhibit takes Indigenous art to another level