2013 Mar 7 – Memorial Lecture – Eileen Wheeler

January 24, 2013

This year’s Memorial Lecture will be presented by Eileen Wheeler.  Ms Wheeler is a researcher and writer in the social history of textiles, with a particular interest in the relationship between textiles and women’s history. She is a published author and has presented her work at international textile conferences. This is going to be a fascinating talk. Come early to make sure you have a seat.

Engaging Women’s History through Textiles: Narratives of Memory  by Eileen Wheeler

This lecture explores how ‘textile narratives’, stories imbedded in women’s long association with textiles, are historical sources that can help ‘clothe’ women’s history. With examples drawn from an imprisoned suffrage embroiderer, a World War II Latvian refugee knitwear designer, and a Japanese-Canadian textile artist, we see how women have negotiated particular historical circumstances that include political resistance and dislocation to give ‘voice’ to their history, culture and identity. These textile narratives, expressions of agency, can be used to enhance women’s history and its stories, too often marginalized in the past.

Time: Mark your calendar for 7:30 p.m. Thursday 7th of March.  This event is free and is open to the public as well as Guild members.

Refreshments: The Guild members are asked to bring a plate of finger food as a contribution to the post-talk refreshments. Thank you.

Location: Kanata Co-operative Community Building, 7155 Blake Street, Vancouver, BC

Driving Directions: From the east and north:  Get yourself onto Boundary Road travelling south. Go straight on Boundary, crossing 49th Ave and turn right at Arbor St., the first traffic light south of 49th Ave. Turn right at Matheson Ave and continue. Follow the curving road along until the road straightens out. On your right is a small parking lot beside the Community Building.

From the west and south:  Travel east along 49th Avenue to the corner of Tyne Street.  The Salvation Army has a building on the north east corner of this intersection you can use as a marker.  Turn right down Tyne and continue past 54th Avenue.  At this point Tyne becomes Champlain Crescent.  Turn left at the second street on your left after 54th Avenue.  This is Blake Street.  The Community Building will be on your left about halfway up Blake with the parking lot adjacent to it.


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