The Colourful Roots project – a fabric garden installation – will celebrate Peel Region’s horticultural industry and Brampton’s historic reputation as The Flower Town of Canada, while the variety of handicraft techniques used for the project will reflect the diversity of the present day Peel community. The installation, displayed as an underground secret garden, will flourish on the walls of the new tunnel, connecting the buildings that make up the art gallery, museum and archives. With the grand re-opening of the PHC in the fall of 2012, the public will be invited to travel through the newly renovated PHC buildings in search of the secret garden in the new tunnel.
Sturdy, a fibre artist from Cambridge, Ontario, recently honoured the history of Cambridge’s textile industry with a large-scale piece of public art entitled Knit Cambridge. People from the local community and around the world submitted knitted and crocheted pieces to Knit Cambridge that were used to cover the Main Street Bridge in downtown Cambridge.
"We're excited that Sue Sturdy is developing this project with us,” said Judy Daley, Acting Curator, Peel Heritage Complex. “It's a great way to connect to the community while the Heritage Complex is closed for renovations, and the project will be sure to draw lots of attention when we re-open next fall."
The community is invited to participate in Colourful Roots by submitting handcrafted items, and by helping to install the project in the tunnel next spring. Divided to look like a cross section of the earth, the public can contribute in two ways. The lower section, or the earth, will contain knitted or crocheted scarves, mittens or hats submitted by the community and assembled to look like the roots of the flowers.
Contributions to the top section, the flowers, will feature handcrafted squares with flower images. The flowers on the 10 x 10 inch fabric squares may be created in the technique or materials of choice by the maker, using influences of the maker’s own cultural roots. Techniques or materials might include rug hooking, knitting, embroidery, beading, quilting, felting, etc., using new materials or recycled materials. Between the roots and the flowers, the grassy earth section will contain text submitted by the public with stories related to the item that they have submitted.
Items received will be repurposed into blankets, scarves, mitts and hats and donated to various charities in the Peel Region. Items can dropped off or mailed to Beaux-Arts Brampton at 74 Main Street North, Brampton, ON L6V 1N7
Public transit: Main St S (north of Guest St), Open Tue-Fri 12pm-6pm; Sat 9am-3pm
Please visit colourfulroots.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can be involved in this exciting project.
Colourful Roots is funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council.
The Peel Heritage Complex is making history. A $13 million restoration and construction project commenced in 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery. When the Complex re-opens in the spring of 2012, there will be expanded exhibition and collection storage. The Peel Heritage Complex is temporarily closed and will re-open in fall 2012.
The Peel Heritage Complex collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage. Operated by the Region of Peel, the Peel Heritage Complex is located at 9 Wellington St., E. in Brampton. Visit peelheritagecomplex.org for more information.