News Release - Scutelliphily
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Exploring Craftivism and DIY through artist-made patches

Scutelliphily: the act of patch collecting

Curated by sculptor and curator Zoë Schneider, the exhibition Scutelliphily explores the popularity and meaning of artist-made patches. Patches, machine-made and hand-made, are seeing resurgence in youth culture, connecting wearers and makers through pop-culture, politics, activism and DIY culture.

Artists from Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan are participating in this group exhibition which includes beadwork, embroidery, felting, and silkscreen techniques. Patches are textural and symbolic objects. The making of patches through embroidery and other domestic textile techniques draws on and adds to the history of Craftivism: a political art movement focused on anti-capitalism, environmentalism and feminism.

"A patch has a rich history and can cover a wide variety of subjects, as well as being rooted in craft and fibre based technologies. Patches have served as an assertion of political alliance, aesthetic adornment, an ode to pop-culture, music promotion, branding, craftivism, etc." ~ Curator Zoe Schneider

When an artist makes a patch, what happens to the value of that object? A wearable object, moved into the institution and off of the body, changes it: the object becomes a discussion, a long-standing conversation on art, craft and commerce.

Join in this conversation at a public panel discussion, held at the Saskatchewan Craft Council gallery at 2 pm on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.  A public reception will be held at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery on Friday, May 12th, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm. All are welcome!

  • Katherine Boyer, Winnipeg, MB
  • Blair Fornwald, Regina, SK
  • Sonia Griffiths, Camrose, AB
  • Belinda Harrow, Regina, SK
  • Karli Jessup, Regina, SK
  • Jaye Kovach, Regina, SK
  • Jeff Meldrum, Regina, SK
  • Megan Morman, Lethbridge, AB
  • Caitlin Mullan, Regina, SK
  • Elizabeth Munro, Halifax, NS
  • Shanell Papp, Lethbridge, AB
  • Jill Waldron, Grande Prairie, AB
  • Zoë Schneider, Curator, Saskatoon, SK

Exhibition Dates:       April 8 to May 13, 2017
Reception:                  Friday, May 12, 7 - 9 pm
Panel:                          Saturday, May 13, 2 pm


For more information, to arrange interviews, or access high resolution images please contact:
Stephanie Canning or Maia Stark, SCC Exhibitions & Education Coordinators
Saskatchewan Craft Council                  306‐653‐3616, ext. 2
813 Broadway Avenue                 
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B5              
gratefully acknowledges the support of
"Making it Rain Since 1551 (After Paradin)" by Caitlin Mullan
"Maidenhead" by Shanell Papp
"Safety Sigil (intriguing to some, but intimidating to most)" by Blair Fornwald
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