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Common Threads

Temporary exhibition

Textile works inspired by the Ursulines’ collections

Artist or artisan? The distinctions between the two no longer matter. Embroiderer, milliner, lacemaker, feather worker, weaver, weaver-artist, textile artist. The exhibition Common Threads brings them all together, in dialogue with the Ursulines’ rich heritage.

The Ursulines—who came to Quebec City from France in 1639 and were led by Marie of the Incarnation—founded the first school for young girls in North America. This year, on the 350th anniversary of her death, we celebrate Marie of the Incarnation’s heritage. An exceptional embroiderer, she introduced needle arts to the monastery in Quebec City. The Ursulines’ legacy is immense. Their collections include, among others, secular and liturgical embroideries, works gilded by the Ursulines’ own hands, and lace made by the nuns and their students. Works created in community, in the intimacy of the cloister.

Why bring these six textile artists together at the Maison des métiers d’art and the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines? For the love of art and technique. For the knowledge that has been passed on from generation to generation… from one woman to another.

The artist in her studio - Sarah Toung Ondo

The artist in her studio - Mireille Racine

The artist in her studio - Suzanne Paquette

The artist in her studio - Dominique Michaud

The artist in her studio - Louise Lemieux Bérubé

The artist in her studio - Véronique Louppe

Special thanks

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the Entente de développement culturel between the Ville de Québec and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

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