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Join us for opening night of two new exhibitions!

Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collection, Curated by Sarah Quinton


Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework, Curated by Anna Richard


'Portraits and Collections' is the culmination of an ongoing project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight, whose documentation of Jane Webster’s personal collection of needlework mottos is a response to its allure through photography, video and audio recordings. As she creates and amasses this new series of images and sounds into a personal body of work, Knight extends the reach of the collector’s legacy into a new creative project.

This exhibition is organized by the Textile Museum of Canada with the generous support of the Anne Angus Contemporary Program Fund. The artist acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Ontario Arts Council and York University.

Portraits and Collections is a companion exhibition to 'Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework', curated by Anna Richard.

'Portraits and Collections' is a Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


'Kind Words Can Never Die' is the first public exhibition of Jane Webster’s comprehensive collection of Victorian stitched mottos. These textiles represent a fascinating intersection of mass production and hobby craft; the printed cardboard backings are a product of industrial manufacture while the colourful stitches are the unique work of individual makers. The mottos are shown alongside captivating photographs that tell the story of the collector and attest to the pleasure this lovingly displayed collection brought into the lives of Jane’s friends and family.

The TMC would like to thank Jane Webster’s family for their support and for the generous loan of Jane’s collection that makes this exhibition possible.

'Kind Words Can Never Die' is a companion exhibition to 'Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections', curated by Sarah Quinton.
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By: Textile Museum of Canada

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