Resurfacing: Mennonite Floor Patterns
ShopWAG Presents: Margruite Krahn - Resurfacing: Mennonite Floor Patterns
Since 2001 Margruite Krahn has been involved in the restoration, presentation, and documentation of Neubergthal, an 1876 Mennonite Street Village and National Historic Site. This has greatly influenced her artistic practice; much of Krahn’s work reflects the art and craft of early Mennonite women.
While ripping up the linoleum and carpet from several housebarn floors, she uncovered hand painted patterns on the floor boards. These patterns were typically painted by the women in the villages during the winter months. The journey to seek out and document these patterns took Krahn beyond Neubergthal to other villages and housebarns in southern Manitoba. She has continued to recreate some of the patterns, and allowing artistic licence, her pieces have taken on a contemporary design while using traditional methods.
All works on view are available for purchase.