An installation image of Amanda McCavour's SKETCH, SAMPLE, SEW in the North Orchard

Amanda McCavour, SKETCH, SAMPLE, SEW, 2020


Amanda McCavour

September 18, 2020 – March 1, 2021

West Campus

Accessible 24/7

Amanda McCavour is one of a number of visual artists whose work is animating Harbourfront Centre’s site throughout the summer and fall of 2020. We encourage you to wander throughout our campus to encounter moments of playfulness, joy and hope through these installations.

“The imagery for this installation is based on an ongoing series entitled Sample Wall and is a record of the vital role it plays in my studio practice. I create samples to test ideas, colours and techniques as a starting point. Whether it is preparing to teach a workshop, the beginnings of a new piece or working towards an exhibition, I refer to these samples as a source of inspiration.

SKETCH, SAMPLE, SEW utilizes tests, samples and sketches from the past 10 years of working in my studio. I arranged my embroideries of geometry, botany and household objects into clusters, mixing pieces from early experiments in 2007 with recent samples for this large-scale project. The groupings were scanned at high resolution, printed on hundreds of pieces of fabric and hand cut into irregular shapes to create a colourful collage within the treetops.”

— Amanda McCavour

Commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for Fall 2020


Based in Toronto, Amanda McCavour is a Canadian artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She holds a BFA from York University, where she studied drawing. In May 2014, she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. From 2007 through 2010, McCavour was an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre’s Craft & Design Studio.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in 2019 Pink Field, Blue Fog at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg (ON); Consumed by Clouds at the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science, Castlegar (BC); The Floating Garden at Workhouse Arts Centre, Lorton (VA); and Pink Field, Blue Fog at Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls (SD). Upcoming projects for 2021 include new installations for Paige Court, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison (WI) and The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick (MD). She is also working towards a commission for Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia (SC) in 2022. McCavour has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, and The Embroiderers Guild of America.