In 2012, Guiseppe di Leo, a faculty member of Dawson College in Montreal, facilitated the interdisciplinary project Anatolian Rugs; Spirited Reflections. It involved students and faculty from across the college as well as members of the Montreal Oriental Rug Society to study and creatively respond to a number of treasured Turkish carpets. The project, as evidenced by the resulting exhibition and catalogue, incorporated artwork, creative writing, documentation and science analysis, providing students with a profound opportunity for engagement, community building, and creativity.
Born in Italy, Giuseppe Di Leo has been living in Canada since 1958. He received his MFA degree from York University, Toronto in 1980. Di Leo’s drawings and watercolours are rich in figurative detail and attentive to narrative genres of myth and autobiography. His drawings have been reviewed in various publications, and are featured in both museum and corporate collections. He teaches in the Fine Arts Programs at Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal, and is Director /Curator of the W.G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson College, Montreal.
Co-sponsored with the New Calgary Rug and Textile Club.
His talk complements the exhibition, Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs.