Indigenous artistry front and centre at AGH and WCC collab

Indigenous artistry and clothing were showcased at a sold-out show at the Art Gallery of Hamilton last week.

The Mar. 23 fashion show celebrated the By Design: Fashionable Inspiration and Radical Stitch exhibitions currently on display at the art gallery and featured models from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. The shawl of beadwork pieces created by community members across both organizations were also on display and entertainment throughout the night was provided to the more than 160 guests by DJ Kyle Joedicke.

“Radical Stitch looks at the contemporary and transformative context of beading through the aesthetic innovations of artists and the tactile beauty of beads. Beading materials and techniques are rooted in both culturally informed traditions and cultural adaptation, and function as a place of encounter, knowledge transfer, and acts of resistance,” reads the online event description. “Connecting to a tradition of making, exercised over thousands of years, this skill-based practice ties one artist to another, past to present and beyond.”

Designers featured in the fashion show portion of the event included, Jason Baerg, Angela DeMontigny, Dusty LeGrand, Niio Perkins, and Evan Ducharme. The show was sponsored by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

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