PEI visual artist. Noella Moore is one of five Indigenous artists who provided designs for the Every Child Matters project organized by the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia.
In a May 8 statement, the guild said that over the past year, upholsterers across North America have responded to the residential school tragedy by creating small hooked rugs inspired by the designs of five artists from the First Nations.
Rather than using its members’ designs, the guild commissioned Aboriginal artists from across the Maritimes to create appropriate designs.
Artists included Lorne Julien and Gerald Gloade from Nova Scotia, Noella Moore from PEI. and Tara Francis and Phyllis Grant from New Brunswick.
On the guild’s website, 11 designs were made available in the fall of 2021, and by the donation deadline of February 28, 2022, 66 rugs had been received.
A display of the rugs was held May 1-6 during the Guild’s Rug Hooking School at Mount St. Vincent University, which also saw a special ceremony featuring drummers, singers and a dancer from Nova Scotia who prayed and played.
More exhibit presentations are planned for later this year, including a stop in Charlottetown in late October.
Following the public displays, the individual rugs will be presented to area First Nations for display at community centers and other locations.