Tea Towel Workshop with Artist Carol McGregor

Saturday, February 24 - 9:00AM

Join Indigenous Australian artist Carol McGregor and Kluge-Ruhe Education staff for this hands-on workshop. McGregor has incorporated culturally appropriative tea towels into a number of her artworks on view. Instead of appropriating others’ designs and patterns, this workshop will be an opportunity for participants to design and make their own tea towels as an expression of their own identity, to take home and use in the kitchen!

Registration is required; please register here.

Carol McGregor is an Indigenous Australian artist of Wathaurung and Scottish descent. In her exhibition “Repositories of Recognition,” she has constructed an installation from tea towels and natural possum skins. Since the 1950s, linen tea towels produced for the tourist trade have either stolen Aboriginal designs or misrepresented Aboriginal people as “primitive.” McGregor collected them, cut them up and reconstructed them as aprons, subverting the original meaning by turning them inside out and embroidering her own messages on top of them. To this she added a series of bags made from natural possum skins. Possum skins were historically sewn together into cloaks for practical purposes (as coats, blankets, baby wraps or rugs in winter), but were also incised and painted with sacred designs, serving as containers of Indigenous identity. By placing these two textile artworks in conversation with each other, McGregor exposes the harm done by the ongoing misrepresentation of her identity in the tea towels, while also making a statement about the complex and sophisticated identities mapped on possum skins.