In the Studio with Lisa Meecham

23 juin 2021 - 23 juin 2021

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How can the rug hooking community foster more diversity? Be open to risk, genuinely care to create safe spaces, and then just do it! In this show and share presentation, traditional rug hooking artist, Lisa Meecham, will relay a short story of her original artwork, Joe Izzard Plays the Fiddle circa 1900- a pictorial biopic about Black history in the Canadian Maritimes and her family's place within it. The presentation will serve as a lead in to the role of rug hooking in preserving family stories and microhistories- to be explored in greater depth in her October 25-26 Workshop Week 3 online workshop entitled Herstory Design & Mat Making (also offered through In the Studio).

About Lisa Meecham:

Lisa Meecham is an accomplished artist in multiple media including furniture and fibre arts. Re-purposing and upcycling are regularly deployed in her work to create functional pieces of art. An award-winning Traditional Rug Hooker, Lisa’s mats have been displayed at local MP and MPP’s offices, Ontario galleries,Nova Scotia guilds, and have toured the province of Newfoundland as part of a Canada 150 traveling

Rooted in Maritime Canadian history, traditional rug hooking was a (predominantly) white woman’s craft. Scraps of material were fashioned into practical floor coverings, using familiar local motifs as artistic inspiration, and hooked onto free burlap that was old grain and feed bags. Each and every scrap of fibre that was no longer usable as clothing was put into rugs. Contemporary rug hooking has moved very
quickly within a single generation from a chore of poverty to high art – almost missing the chance to become appreciated as art.

I am drawn to the utilitarian craft of rug hooking, with every loop pulled contributing to the story-telling narrative of the Canadian experience. I am alternatingly playful and challenging with my artistic statements. Lately, I am struck by the colonial parallels of the Canadian indigenous experience and that of my own neglected, abused, and often displaced ancestors in the black settlements of Nova Scotia. As a sixth generation Canadian and descendent of Africville, it is my intention that this art spark conversation around truth and reconciliation being a pervasive Canadian problem, while highlighting the indefatigable spirit of the people it touches.

Learn more about Lisa and see her work on Facebook and instagram @woollygoodrughooking.


The Zoom link for this presentation will be emailed to you the day before the talk (or after you purchase your ticket, if you purchase on the day of the event). If you don't receive it, you can contact the organizer at

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Please note that the time of the talk is 1:00 pm EASTERN (EST).


* Will this talk be recorded for viewing later?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the logistics involved, we decided some time ago to keep these events live. Hopefully if you can't make it to this talk, you'll be able to make it to a future talk.

* It's the day of the talk and I'm having trouble finding or using the link for the talk. How can I find help?

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* I'm finding it distracting during the talk seeing all of the other participants on my screen. What can I do?

During the event the organizer will put the screen setting on "spotlight view" so that the presenter is the focus on your screen. Depending on your device, you may still see audience members on your screen and changing your setting from "gallery view" to "speaker view" should help with that.

* What Time Zone is the time of the talk in?

The time indicated on all 'In the Studio' talks is the EASTERN (EST) time zone. If you live in a different time zone, be sure to check what time you should tune in to ensure you don't miss the talk.

*I can no longer make it to the talk. Or, I missed the talk. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately no- the price of the ticket is so low that it is not cost-effective to refund those amounts. If you are unable to make it to the talk and you already have a ticket, or you forget to attend, please do contact me at I always offer a ticket to the next talk to make up for it. All of the artist speakers receive a portion of the ticket proceeds so we very much appreciate your contribution to supporting artists!


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23 juin 2021 - 23 juin 2021


Lundi 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mardi 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mercredi 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jeudi 9:00am - 5:00pm
Vendredi 9:00am - 5:00pm
Samedi 9:00am - 5:00pm
Dimanche 9:00am - 5:00pm

Coût - paid


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Karen Miller

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Karen Miller

9 juin 2021