Winipīhk (Muddy Waters)
The land in which Winnipeg sits has been a historic meeting ground where craft has been traded for centuries. Initially through thriving and active Indigenous cultures for over 11,000 years, and later in a colonial settlement for the past 200 years. The City of Winnipeg was officially founded in 1873. The vital farming land and central Red River and Assiniboine trading posts were seen by Canadian colonists to be the start of a thriving major city. Since then, the lands have been home to many diverse communities and cultures. Some of these communities are seen through the craft works of the artists who made them while others represent the city with pride. From beading to rug hooking to hand woven sarongs, Winnipeg is represented through its crafters. We explore some of the local communities and Winnipeg through pieces from the MCML collection.
Curated by Syd Caldwell
Syd Caldwell is a University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts student with a focus in studio practice and Manitoba art history. Caldwell was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is grateful for their opportunity to continue their studies within this same city. With a love for craft arts in appreciation and creation Caldwell was pleased to put together a show, displaying an array of Winnipeg historical craft works to celebrate the city’s milestone birthday.