Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec

On Friday I visited the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, located in a beautiful old church at 615 Ste. Croix in St. Laurent, on the campus of Collège St-Laurent. The permanent collection includes wood carvings, ceramics, and lovely antique furniture. It is well-lit and well-displayed, with informative explanations in both English and French. The small but interesting textile section features a crazy quilt, a woven blanket, several hooked rugs, a braided carpet, a finger-woven sash, and several implements used in their manufacture.

An exhibition of eight woven tapestries will run until May 20. The show is titled "Le Sacre du printemps," (The Rite of Spring) and the work is by Thoma Ewen, the founder of the Moon Rain Centre for textile arts in the Outaouais. Also on display during my visit were fourteen paper dresses made by young women who are recent immigrants from Haiti, Morocco, Algeria, Afghanistan, India and Iran. Each dress has a special, personal meaning to the maker, detailed in a short text posted nearby. This display of life-sized dresses continues until April 1.
For more information about the museum, go to you can access a 3-D visual tour of the facility by clicking on the image of the interior.

1 comment:

Dianne Robinson said...

thanks Heather. Looks like an interesting place to visit.