Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ceramics: Settling the Prairies

Ceramics Settling the Prairies PosterOur brand new exhibit, Ceramics: Settling the Prairies opened Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. This exhibit has been a two year labour of love on behalf of our Exhibition Intern Franchesca Hebert-Spence and the Museum is ecstatic to showcase our expansive Victorian ceramic collection in this fashion. The exhibit seeks to understand the dynamics between the budding city of Brandon, the waves of immigrants coming to Canada and the effects imports had on available tableware.   The exhibit features a variety of collections like Spode, Madalta, Blue Willow, Belleek and Staffordshire, just to name a few.Poster Image copy

For more information on the exhibit, please contact the Museum at 1-204-727-1722 or dalymuseum@wcgwave.ca.

Multicoloured Floral Needlepoint

IMG_9947 smallerEmbroidery can be categorized according to whether the design is stitched on top or through the fabric. Embroidery styles include free embroidery, cross-stitching, canvas, cutwork, etc. Matreials used in embroidery vary from place to place. Wool, linen and silk have been used as both fabric and yarn for thousands of years. Modern embroidery thread is manufactured in cotton, rayon and novelty yearns as well as the traditional wool, linen and silk. Ribbon is sometimes used, most commonly to create floral motifs.

This piece was donated by Carol English in 2013. She bought it from the Rosewood Funeral Home, later became Brockie Donovan. It was originally owned by Mrs. Leonida Leatherdale, the founder of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Canada (later Embroiderers’ Association of Canada). She founded the EAC in 1973. The frame is from The Little Gallery (Gordon Smith Co. Ltd.) in Winnipeg, MB.

Mrs. Leatherdale and her guild became the first chapter of the EAC. The head office is located in Winnipeg, MB. The founding members believed this was the best location to start branching out to other guilds to the eat and west.

The frame also has a Winnipeg art connection. Gordon A. Smith, a Modernist painter, was born in Sussex, England in 1919. His family emigrated to Canada in 1933. He taught and did commercial design in Winnipeg before serving as an intelligence office in World War II. He returned wounded in 1941 and spent the rest of his career in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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