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Item Name: Textile
Title: Applied Forces
Maker: Heather Cameron
Year: 1995
Country: Canadian
Materials: crush velvet; polyester satin banners
Measurements: overall: 205 cm x 99 cm (8 pieces)
ID Number: PC95.6

Extended Label Info: These eight banners were created and displayed for the 1995 Grey Cup, an annual Canadian football tournament which was hosted in Regina that year. Historically, banners have been used in a variety of situations—as flags or heraldry in war, or as fabric signs in parades, churches, protest marches, and sporting events. In this series, the artist Heather Cameron used cursive text in satin applique on crush velvet to create a mirrored design. Each banner contains a word that can be used to describe violent aggressors: Bombers, Rockets, Outlaws, Marauders, Barbarians, Warriors, Vandals, and Raiders. These terms are also commonly used in the names of sports teams. Cameron’s banners ask us to consider this correlation, and the ways we celebrate and participate in sport. Heather Cameron (1958 - ) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied graphic design at George Brown College in Toronto, graduating with an Honours Diploma (1982). Cameron then studied experimental art at Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) with Ian Carr-Harris, Colette Whiten and John Scott, graduating with Honours A.O.C.A. (1989). Cameron began her art practice working in mixed media, sculpture, and installation. Textiles became her primary medium in the mid-1990’s. From 1994 to 1998, Cameron lived and worked in Regina as editor for CARFAC. During this time, she also worked with Dunlop Art Gallery, organizing a workshop and exhibition of quilts, “For Home and Country” (1994). Moving to BC, Cameron studied at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, earning her Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy (2004). Her artwork has been exhibited regionally and is held in public collections. Cameron now lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

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