By Design exhibit takes Indigenous art to another level

Anishinaabe artist Barry Ace’s “Study for Women’s Dance Regalia Yoke” made from graphite, handmade Lokta paper and glass beads on paper. (Photo: Lisa Iesse)

By Lisa Iesse Writer BRANTFORD – It’s about “Resiliency, reclamation and resurgence.” It is about artists taking another step and the By Design: Fashionable Inspiration exhibit now on at the Woodland Cultural Centre is about more than fashion or visual art. Patricia Deadman, the curator behind the exhibit, says it’s transformation. “(By Design) is based upon the transformation that goes into traditional artistic practices. She said it’s the distinctive vision of six Indigenous artists and designers who are exploring the relationship between traditional forms and contemporary materials. Turtle Island News recently spoke with artists Angela DeMontigny, Barry Ace, and Armando Morales Vasquez DeMontigny said the exhibit shows “unique Indigenous design in fashion, showing that contemporary side of things, but still honoring traditional or ancestral elements.” The distinctive visions of the…

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