The Textile Museum of Canada is more than just a collection of cloth. According to Beth Sharpe, senior manager of communications and revenue development at the TMC, textiles are vital and relevent to people everywhere. "People live their lives in textiles, you don't live your life in a clay pot," she said.
Sharpe added that with movements like "craftivism" (activisim through craft) gaining popularity, younger crowds, especially women, are making their way to the TMC. "Young women are using artistic expression to take a stand on things," she said.
The TMC has been located on Centre Avenue in downtown Toronto since 1989. This Friday, April 9th, they will be showing a new exhibit featuring artists David R. Harper, Lia Cook and Stephen Schofield. Sharpe says she expects the contemporary exhibit will draw in many young patrons.
In addition to its artifacts, the TMC is well known for its gift shop. Patrons have been known to return to the museum just to pick up a scarf or a piece of art from the shop, said Sharpe, explaining that visitors often fall in love with the carefully-selected merchandise. "Textiles are things people want and need only because they're so beautiful," she said.