Embroidered Memories – A 1000 Pillow Project

Exhibit curated by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

Embroidered Memories is an exhibit based on Larisa's research of Ukrainian Canadian embroidered pillows often referred to as Podushky.  In 2015, she travelled across Canada and found that this eclectic artifact could be found in every Ukrainian Canadian community dating back to the early 1900s. Podushky are one of the three most popular items that decorated and continues to decorate the Ukrainian home, along side rushnyky and pysanky. With this exhibit, Larisa has set a goal to bring podushky out of storage and show them to the world.

Oseredok Museum in Winnipeg has kindly offered to sponsor the inaugural exhibit from May to August 2018. The plan is then for the exhibit to tour across Canada until the end of January 2019.  During the month of February 2018, Larisa will be collecting the podushky covers for the exhibit.  The process of borrowing, documentation, insurance, and proper handling of these precious artifacts will be facilitated by the Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta. All podushky will be photographed and featured in the exhibit catalogue with credit to the creators and lenders. 

To participate in this major Ukrainian Canadian cultural exhibit, you can lend your podushky for display by contacting Larisa at the contact information provided below.  You will be asked to prepare the podushky covers by removing the stuffing (for easier shipping) and attach a piece of paper inside the cover with your name and contact information (phone, email), and if possible, where it was embroidered, the approximate year it was embroidered, and the name of the person that embroidered it. A semi-permanent tag will be sewn inside to help identify each podushka cover. All podushky will be returned to the owners at the end of the tour. Please note that optional arrangements can also be made to make permanent donations of podushky to the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the University of Alberta.

Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn
11250 - 102 Street, Edmonton, AB  T5G 2E3
Phone: 780-984-8852
Email: cheladyn@ualberta.ca

Kule Folklore Centre: http://www.ukrfolk.ualberta.ca/en/People/LarisaCheladyn.aspx

To learn more about Larisa and her artwork – Art by Larisa: http://www.artbylarisa.com

With your help, we will create the biggest exhibit of Ukrainian embroidered podushky in Canada.

Thank you.