VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
Congratulations to Pam Woodward for her contribution to the Textile Museum’s reDesign fundraising event. At $1,500, Pam’s “Stuffed Chair” drew the highest bid of the evening. The Museum raised a total of $86,000 to support its exhibitions and programs.
“A few years ago, I upholstered a child’s chair with stuffed animals and made a shadow box into a child’s bookshelf for the Museum’s annual Shadow Box event,” Pam says. “When asked to redesign a chair for this year’s fundraiser, I thought why not continue with the same lighthearted and colourful idea? Chairs with this period design are often given a modern look by upholstering them with animal motifs. I realized I could present a formalized motif by splitting the animals and appliquéing them in mirror image thus heightening the spoof. I had a great deal of fun hunting down the ‘stuffies’ and now have quite a collection of penguins for the next project. Mmmmm!”
More than 200 people attended the BMO Financial Group reDesign event on Nov. 3. Chairs were redesigned and reimagined by Toronto’s leading designers, architects and artists, and sold at the silent auction event.
Pam is a textile artist who has worked in costuming as a dyer, painter and decorator. She most recently worked on a beggar costume for a new production of Romeo and Juliet for The National Ballet of Canada. She is also part of TMC conservator Margaret Ballantyne’s devoted volunteer staff preparing artifacts for exhibition and conservation.