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Craft Council of
Newfoundland and Labrador

Devon House Craft Centre
59 Duckworth Street
St. John's NL, Canada
A1C 1E6
Tel: (709) 753-2749
Fax: (709) 753-2766
Email: [email protected]

Reinventing the Norse, April Harvey & Joanne B Kaar

Reinventing the Norse, April Harvey & Joanne B Kaar Start Date: 2018-01-27
End Date: 2018-02-26

Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
at the Craft Council Gallery, 2nd floor Devon House, 59 Duckworth Street

In the Annex Gallery, April Harvey (NL) and Joanne B Kaar (Scotland) are reinterpreting history. Both work from Norse traditions: Harvey examines Norse mythology while Kaar draws from craft tradition. Kaar was a Craft Council resident artist in Gros Morne in 2016, where she focused on ancient folklore and traditions that migrated to Newfoundland from Scandinavia, and on connecting outport fishing and craft methods with those she uses at home. Using the ancient Viking technique of nalbinding, Kaar has created beautiful interpretations of trigger mitts, lobster mitts, and other craft we are familiar with from home.

Harvey, a graduate of the theater program at Grenfell, puts a new spin on Norse mythology through large scale embroideries. Her feminist reinterpretation of these myths puts women front and centre, in positions of importance that they have long occupied but which are often downplayed in historical accounts. The embroideries are accompanied by poetic pieces of writing that give greater insight into the roles of these great women of Norse history. 

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