Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weyburn Museum Visits - Soo Line Historical Museum

Sweater Blocker
Research is a big part of Articulation members' work. Annual study sessions allow time for some intensive research of primary resources which often involves visiting museums and archives.

Sock Blockers, Garment Blockers, Washboard
Weyburn has a number of very interesting museums with unique collections, including the Soo Line Historical Museum click here for location and hours, housed in a large brick building that used to be a power facility. 

Tie Blocker
We usually start a study session with a broad theme in mind then over the week the theme evolves and develops in another direction, into many directions and has to be reigned in or becomes focused. It all depends on what we find as we explore.

'Laundry Stove. Used in Lee Sing's Laundry until his death in 1961.'
Our name 'Articulation' describes the way we work very well. Together we do the initial research in a specific location, guided by a broad theme that serves to keep us connected while at the same time we all go off in different directions following our instincts, feelings and interests. We all produce work independently in our own respective studios then come back to exhibit together.

Tin Washboard and Soap Rack
If a theme grows in too many directions we usually have a discussion to find the most popular areas and to see what will be eliminated. And sometimes we don't. 

Clothes Wringer
And sometimes we just go into a museum to see what is there because it may stimulate a new area for study. One of the characteristics of Articulation members is their high level of curiosity. Everything and anything has potential to be a future body of work and needs to be investigated.

Laundry Products and Wooden Pegs
The Soo Line Historical Museum kept us busy exploring for several hours. We made sketches and took pictures not knowing when the research may be used. 

Electric Hair Permer

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