Last Saturday, the Slofemists were inside the Strathcona Field House listening to feminist stories.
We heard about how the closure of the Textile Art Prgam at Capilano University is unfairly biased against women: the enrollment in recent years has been 100% female; and, the faculty members who are facing layoffs are female, whereas the male faculty happen to be eligible for retirement...
We learned about how the Bunka Shishu or Thread Painting archive of a Japanese needleworker/berry farmer grandmother wants to be brought to light.
We heard about the formidible clothing design skills of a Jamaican aunt who was a career role model and inspiration.
And, we learned about an elderly woman in Saskatoon who formed an artist in residence program that is still operational, in the nursing home which housed her husband who had dementia.
Launched at the Strathcona embroidery circle: Slofemists's two new patterns, by Lori Weidenhammer!