LUNCH AND LEARN - Weaving Memories: Cercle de Fermières, Age and Looms
Ingrained in tradition and rurality, crafters of the Cercle de Fermières (The Circle of Farmers) have been gathering together for over a hundred years to do needlework and textile art.
Nora T. Lamontagne's Master’s research looks into how the Fermières, as older women crafting, use technologies in their activities, be them analog, digital or mechanical.
In this lecture and Q&A, she will present her research. She will focus on how looms influence life at the Cercle in many engaging and surprising ways and will look into elements of the weaving assemblage generative of different types of memories.
Lamontagne is a writer and a Master's student in Media Studies under the supervision of Dr. Kim Sawchuk. Her research revolves around older adults' negotiation of digital communication practices in a context where old and new, tradition and technologies co-exist. Her interests in cultural memory and neglected cultural heritage has lead her to focus on the Cercle de Fermières. Nora is the recipient of the Aging, Communication and Technology Masters Fellowship (2016).