So I'm not completely sold on the above as the title of my upcoming exhibition - from June 4 to August 3, 2013 - at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) in Almonte, Ontario, but I'll call it my "working title". Here's part of the description of the show...

In From Factory to Laundry, the artist's interests in the tools, machines, scenes and local stories from the booming era of textile manufacturing in Ontario is evident alongside her abiding attraction to clothes, textiles and patterns of various kinds.

From Factory to Laundry will in part illustrate mill life and key artifacts, and in part re-imagine nearly forgotten stories from the fabric of an Ottawa Valley mill town.

 New York City, 1907. An awesome picture of labour and laundry!

New York City, 1907. An awesome picture of labour and laundry!

The MVTM has received much and critical acclaim for past exhibitions in the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery and has an excellent, long-established reputation.

From Factory to Laundry will include stories, anecdotes and/or newspaper articles from the era displayed alongside many of Jill's original, acrylic paintings. Specific artifacts and textiles will also be exhibited to provide further context for the event. From Factory to Laundry will attract a wide regional audience – as there's a thriving interest in local histories across the province of Ontario. See you there!

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AuthorJill McCubbin