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Collaborative Tufted Rug

Dayna Gedney / Hamilton Craft Studios
and Julianna Biernacki

Artists Julianna Biernacki and Dayna Gedney (Hamilton Craft Studios) will create a collaborative tufted rug installation that represents the evolving communal spaces in Barton Village. Inspired by the efforts of the Depave Paradise Project w/ Green Venture, the piece will consider communal spaces across Barton St, drawing on the impact the Depave project has had on the visual language of Barton Street, while generating a space for the community to interact directly with nature. The installation aims to create the same dialogue, and invites the viewer to contemplate expanding the consideration for greenspace and embracing the renewed spirit of Barton Street; as well as nature, indoors.


Using colour, texture and depth; the installation will visually draw the person  through the journey of a space being renewed - from concrete and paved lots to community green spaces and gardens with beneficial ecological outcomes. The abstract forms of greenery will interplay with the recognizable colours and shapes of our urban spaces.


Consisting mainly of fibre (yarn, rope, felt) and textiles, the multi-layer work will fill one storefront window. Using new, found and recycled materials, we have the opportunity to open the project to the greater community as we seek
remnants/unused yarns and fibres to contribute. Hamilton’s Art and Craft &; Design communities are an integral part of the urban and commercial renewal we are all witnessing in Hamilton. The value Hamiltonians and the Barton Village community place in creation, art and community is unmistakable. The installation will consist of multiple rugs, mounted on wood stands and interconnected through the materials and textures drawn throughout. Rug tufting allows us to create multiple textures on one plane, offering a range of shapes and textures as one would see in relief sculpture.  the piece as a whole will speak to the possibility of change, creating space for each other and opportunity for growth and transformation. 

Dayna Gedney is a Furniture Maker and Textile Artist living in Hamilton, ON. Dayna graduated from Sheridan College Furniture Craft & Design in 2013 and has continued her studio practice in wood, textiles and clay. In 2021 Dayna and HCS partners Joseph Bauman, Jake Whillans and Matt MacDonald established Hamilton Craft Studios, a community focused studio for makers. The studio offers access to machinery and space for Hamiltonians interested in pursuing craft in woodworking, ceramics and textiles.

Julianna Biernacki is an emerging artist from Welland, ON who is currently residing in Hamilton, ON. She recently obtained her BFA from McMaster University as well as a minor in English and Literature. Biernacki’s practice has pivoted from painting to textiles in the form of tufted handmade rugs. Her work surrounds themes of voyeurism, display and spying, and how we want others to perceive our personal image.

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The ‘Anything is Possible on Barton’ exhibition is a neighbourhood wide art project that was selected for the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program. This project is organized by the Barton Village BIA and funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the City of Hamilton. Thank you to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute for supporting local communities and revitalizing our main streets.


Please check out the other 14 installations HERE.

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