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Exhibition – Truth, Destiny and Self-Determination

October 1, 2022

Multi-coloured textiles swatches arranged in a geometric pattern along white walls, flowing around the corner of the walls.

Truth, Destiny and Self-determination – A project coordinated by textile artist Line Dufour, with the participation of over 500 international makers!

The development of the COVID-19 has made all of us more aware of the impact of isolation on our well being. This sense of isolation forms the underpinnings of this installation launched in 2016. Fate, Destiny and Self- Determination was created as an initiative to reduce the isolation artists experienced in their artistic process using social media, planned hands-on events and gathering them together to exhibit their collective efforts. Inclusiveness is the weft that weaves the installation together.

Composed of three sections, the main woven panel (on the left) was created by Dufour, referencing the contemporary practice of tapestry where artist and weaver are one. The second panel on the right, was woven by visiting participants ranging from the inexperienced and amateur to the professional. This references traditional tapestry conventions where many weavers work(ed) on the tapestry at various stages and did not contribute to creating the tapestry designs. The middle section is composed of irregular shapes contributed by weavers world-wide. As Dufour receives each weaver’s shape it is documented and posted to the project’s social media pages. Thus far, 864 shapes have been received from 43 countries, and a total of about 520 people have participated. The installation continues to expand as it accepts woven pieces on an ongoing basis.

The MVTM exhibition will also be interactive*, with small frame looms prepared in advance for visitors to the gallery to weave shapes. Using yarn or other available materials local textile artists and artisans can also contribute. In this manner, the project retains its vitality by inviting ongoing engagement from the community.

*If Covid restrictions allow

The exhibition runs from October 1st, 2022 until December 18th, 2022.


October 1, 2022
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Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond Street East
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0 Canada
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