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Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis
A work-in-progress by Catherine Heard

Online Sewing Circle
With Catherine Heard and Shiemara Hogarth

Sewing Circle happens online 2PM on Sunday 9 May 2021
Order your free embroidery kit by Thursday 15 April 2021

Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis is a work-in-progress by Windsor artist, Catherine Heard. The artist invites the public to contribute an embroidered motif to a large-scale artwork exploring social justice issues. As the project develops, new themes, images, and patterns will be added: the public is invited to make suggestions. A full description of the project can be viewed at  .

Heard and textile artist Shiemara Hogarth will lead an online sewing circle to embroider patches for Red Work: The Emperor of Atlantis, and participants are encouraged to engage in dialogue and idea exchange. This program is a part of the Textile Museum’s Social Being, a new online project that explores the human impulse to connect through textiles within four themes: Identity & Society; Fashion, Sustainability & Design; Wellbeing, Health & Healing; and Family & Diaspora.

This program is the second of two programs featuring Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis and is in partnership between the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Niagara Artist Centre, and the Textile Museum of Canada. On Sunday April 11, 2021, 2–3 pm, the Art Gallery of Windsor hosts an online conversation between Hogarth and Heard on how themes of political activism, collaboration, and community are manifested in Red Work: The Emperor of Atlantis.

All skill levels are welcome. Request for a free embroidery kit by April 15 to ensure that your kit will arrive in time. Details on how to request for a kit will be in the registration confirmation email.

Below is a direct ticketing link for early bird registration:

Please email for any questions.

Catherine Heard’
s textile work is simultaneously attractive and repulsive, as it delves into primal anxieties about the body. Frequently, she uses historical craft techniques as foils for abject subject matter. Her work has been exhibited in France, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, and the US. It is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Art Gallery of Kamloops, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Catherine Heard is a professor at the University of Windsor and is represented by Birch Contemporary Gallery in Toronto.

Shiemara Hogarth is a textile artist and designer with a background in humanities research, based between Brampton and Calgary. Her textile collections explore Jamaican culture and the self, and the inherent capabilities of textiles as a storytelling medium. Her practice utilizes weaving, screenprinting, digital printing, felting, embroidery, and more recently, explorations in 3D printing. Shiemara Hogarth graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2019 with a BDes in Material Art and Design: Textiles and is currently pursuing her MFA in Craft Media at the Alberta University of the Arts.

The Textile Museum of Canada aims to inspire understanding of the human experience through textiles. It is the only museum in Canada delivering programs and exhibitions dedicated solely to textile arts. The Museum sparks conversation through the stories held within its global collection of textiles and active engagement with contemporary art practices. Exhibitions present the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists, and often draw from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum is an internationally renowned educational institution, recognized for the relevance and diversity of its exhibitions, innovative approaches to educational programs, and the significance and digital accessibility of its permanent collection.

The Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) is a non-profit public art gallery focused on preserving and presenting the visual arts of Canada. Since 1943, the gallery has served the southwestern Ontario region and the international border community of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, USA. The AGW serves as a catalyst for and stimulator of a meaningful dialogue between artists, the community, and visitors.

The Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in Canada, founded in 1969 as a collective of working artists. NAC believes that the arts and critical dialogue on the arts are integral to a healthy community. NAC is a not-for-profit, charitably registered, member-driven collective formed by and dedicated to serving the working artists and community of Niagara.