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Some members of
the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners Guild with some of
the tapestries on display now at the Gibson Centre
'Labour of love' tapestries now on display at Gibson Centre
Started over two years ago, the Nottawasaga Tapestries
Threads Project is now on display at the Gibson Centre in Alliston
until November 21st.
Featuring 12 panels, these hand-woven tapestries consist of
images depicting the history and culture of the New Tecumseth area.
Historical sites, leisure activities, farming and the natural beauty of
the area are all represented in wonderful colour.
This labour of love was begun over two years ago under the
guidance of tapestry artist Line Dufour, with financial support from
the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Handweavers and Spinners
contributed to mounting the exhibit, and the Gibson Centre has
supported the project from its inception with space for the looms and
One tapestry is entirely about the Banting Homestead. Another
features the Gibson Centre. A third is woven entirely from fibres
handspun by spinners in the Guild. Each tapestry is unique and
reflects the heritage of the South Simcoe area.
The tapestry project represents the meaning of "community" not
in the pictorial sense, but in the deeper sense. A community is created
by people whose lives and stories are woven together on the warp of
their shared experiences, with their individual contributions acting as
the weft of our social fabric.
There is no charge to view it. We
encourage residents to bring family and friends to see the exhibit, and
show them the richness of the New Tecumseth area.
Formed by five founding members in January 2003, the Nottawasaga
Handweavers and Spinners Guild celebrated its tenth anniversary this
year with almost forty members. During its first ten years, the
Guild has used a variety of meeting places, including The Museum on the
Boyne and the Dufferin County Museum, and now resides in the
The Guild is a member of the South Simcoe Arts Council and the
Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS). It has hosted an OHS
Seminar at the Gibson Centre, and helped to organize an OHS Conference,
held at the Nottawasaga Inn. We also participated in an Ontario
Arts Council grant to sponsor a master weaver from India to visit
The members of the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners Guild
have developed their skills, and had many opportunities to interact
with other members of the community during the past two years. From
forming the idea and creating paintings, to choosing the ideal fibre,
weaving, embellishing, weaving in ends, blocking the panels, mounting
the exhibit, and completing a brochure to accompany the tapestries, we
have carried the project through all of its stages.
Not merely a memorable exhibit, "Community Threads" is truly a
labour of love.
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