3-D Photography

  • Instructor: Guy Couture, Guy Couture photographe, Québec, Québec
  • Location: Maison Henry-Stuart, Québec
  • Maximum number of participants: 15

This workshop will cover the various techniques used in the photography of three-dimensional textiles. Different types of three-dimensional textiles will be provided throughout the workshop for both the theoretical and practical aspects of the workshop. Photographic coaching will be provided through instant replay of the participants' practical sessions with onsite computers. A survey will be conducted as to the photographic equipment used by the participants and their overall individual ease/level of 3-D photography. Similarly, the limits and possibilities according to the types of equipment that the participants work with on a daily basis will be identified. Registered participants are encouraged to bring thier own digital cameras.

Guy Couture has been photographing cultural heritage for over 30 years. His career started at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, where he was delegated to photograph the museum's diverse collections. From 1981 to 1990 he was Chief Photographer for the Centre de Conservation du Québec. In 1990 he established Guy Couture photographe through which he continues to actively photograph French Canadian heritage for such museums as le Musée des Ursulines de Québec, le Musée de Sainte-Anne de Beaupré and le Musée des Hospitalières de Montréal. In 2002-2003 he was a professor of photography at the CÉGEP of Limoilou, Québec. His photographs have been published in several books, including Monographie sur la Ville de Sainte-Foy (2000) and La nouvelle encyclopédie des Antiquités du Québec (2008), both by the reputable Québec author Michel Lessard.

Marketing textile conservation / Branding your business

  • Instructors: Susan Grundy, Grundy Marketing, Montréal, Québec
  • Location: Maison Henry-Stuart, Québec, Québec
  • Maximum number of participants: 15

This workshop offers a practical and hands-on approach to marketing a textile conservation business. Topics will include priority setting and planning, effective branding of the profession and the business, cost-effective marketing techniques and more. Participants will be encouraged to share and exchange challenges and solutions during this interactive workshop. Registrants are asked to submit a one-page (max) description of their marketing challenges by August 15, 2009, so that these concerns may be addressed during the workshop. These descriptions should be forwarded to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Grundy, President of Grundy Marketing Inc., brings to this workshop three decades of business consulting experience in market research, analysis, strategy and planning on behalf of a diverse client base in private industry and in the government, cultural and community sectors. Prior to establishing her practice in 1987, she was a senior consultant in Ernst and Young's Montréal office. Under her vision, Grundy Marketing aims to enable clients to make informed decisions and take effective action. In this context, Susan typically assumes the role of facilitator, bringing an outside perspective in an effort to optimize the clients' (in this case, the workshop participants') internal wealth of experience and knowledge.

Supports for Three-Dimensional Textiles

  • Instructor: Julie Hughes & Paul Vardy, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec
  • Location: Centre de conservation du Québec, Québec, Québec
  • Maximum number of participants: 10

This workshop will discuss various techniques used for the display of three-dimensional textiles at theCanadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec. These will include intersecting silhouette mannequins, hollow form mannequins, nest supports, and the use of rare earth magnets. Demonstrations of some of the techniques will take place with opportunities for participants to take part. We hope to inspire a lively, informal discussion exploring the display of three-dimensional textiles.

Julie Hughes has a diploma from the fine arts program, with a major in textiles, from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario. Starting in 1979, she was employed for seven years with the Textiles Lab at the Canadian Conservation Institute. In 1985 she established the Textile Conservation Lab at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and has headed the lab since that time. The museum's collection of more than three million artifacts, and the fast pace of changing exhibits, loans, and care of collections projects at CMC, have presented a diverse array of treatment and display challenges. With a special interest in historic costume, Julie founded the Eastern Branch of the Costume Society of Ontario in the early 1980s. She has worked in close partnership with Paul Vardy, co-instructor of this workshop, for the past 20 years.

Paul Vardy has a degree in fine arts from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and a diploma in museum studies from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario. He has been an Exhibit Preparator with the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the past 20 years. Over the course of that time, he and co-instructor Julie Hughes have worked together devising many techniques and adaptations for the display of all types of textiles — ethnographic, historic and contemporary — for a vast array of display scenarios, both in-house and travelling.

Wendat Moosehair Embroidery

  • Instructor: Marie-Paule Gros-Louis, Musée Huron-Wendat, Québec, Québec
  • Location: Musée Huron-Wendat, Québec, Québec
  • Maximum number of participants: 15

This workshop covers both historical and technical overviews of Wendat Moosehair embroidery. Also on the agenda is the presentation of a video on these aspects and a brief visit of the new Musée Huron-Wendat. Following the examination of the various embroidery stitches, materials and equipment, each participant will have the opportunity to embroider, with moosehair, a sample-souvenir Wendat motif.

Marie-Paule Gros-Louis, a Wendake elder, has actively participated in the revival of the traditional arts of the Huron-Wendat, notably that of the art of moosehair embroidery. In 1980 she developed her workshops with the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and has since been invited to give many demonstrations on this highly specialized technique. She has participated in many of the annual Wendake pow-wows and the recent arts and crafts demonstrations at the Musée Huron-Wendat and the Maison Tsawenhohi. In 2007 and 2009 she supervised the arts and crafts courses for Wendake, at the Centre cultural de Wendake, with the objective of passing on to the next generation the art of moosehair decoration amongst the Wendat.

Genuine Québec Fléché

  • Instructor: Yvette Michelin, Centre de Valorisation du Patrimoine vivant (Es Trad)
  • Location: Aux Voûtes de la Maison Chevalier, Québec, Québec
  • Maximum number of participants: 10

This workshop covers both historical and technical overviews of the genuine Québec Fléché technique commonly known as French Canadian Arrowhead Finger Weaving. This technique, not to be confused with the universal chevron technique, is used to make the famous arrowed sash or ceinture fléchée, dating back to the 18th century. Each participant will have the opportunity to complete a small sample-souvenir of Québec Fléché.

Yvette Michelin is an associate professor at La Maison-Routhier Centre d'arts textiles, Québec, Québec. Since her training, completed in 1978, with Association des artisans de ceinture fléchée du Québec,she continues to lecture and demonstrate the genuine Québec Fléché locally, nationally and internationally through events such as: Weaving and Interweaving 2000 (UNESCO), Québec, Québec; Conference of Popular Arts (1988), Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Folkloriada 2000 (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan. In 2003 the Québec Living Heritage Council honored her for being part of the committee on the preparation of Les états généraux du patrimoine vivant. In association with the Québec Winter Carnival, every year since 1995, she can be seen in the foyer of the Château Frontenac, demonstrating the fléché technique. A member of Es Trad, she constantly works towards the preservation and valorization of ancestral techniques and Québec living heritage.

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