June 8 – June 30
Jessica McDonald is a textile artist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A textile lover for the majority of her life, she has studied the art form at Olds College (Alberta) and The College of the North Atlantic (Newfoundland). She has since earned a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Art History, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2019. Her undergrad thesis explored craft perceptions and its importance in social community and generational inheritance in Atlantic Canada. Additional training and professional development extend across North America including a weaving residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, interning for the Handweavers Guild of America in Nevada, USA, and working for the Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey, USA. In 2018 she received the Arts & Letters Award in the Senior Division for her weaving which was purchased by The Rooms Gallery. Over the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked with Dale Jarvis of Heritage NL to conduct research on weaving in the province in order to locate existing weavers and their looms. Recently, she was accepted into the Heritage NL Apprentice-Mentorship program from which a grant was awarded to teach the endangered craft of weaving. Jessica brings traditional textile crafts to light through exploration, research, and teaching. She is passionate about exploring concepts of home, community, and textiles and the history in which it carries.