Time Study references Hamilton’s history of textile production for spinning, knitwear and making cotton cloth. This banner presents an informal timescale connecting craft, industrial development and the disappearance of needle trades from the city. The frontal images are of crocheted handwork, referencing the “Work Simplification Program” for improvement and speed-up of methods at Zimmerknit, and the Chipman-Holton/Cannon Knitting Mills, which is currently awaiting redevelopment. On its verso the banner pays tribute to some of the materials and products once made in Hamilton like the Wanzer sewing machine by Canada Sewing Machine Manufactory, hosiery by Chipman-Holton Company and cords by the Hamilton Cotton Company.
Wing Yee Tong is a visual artist who emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada as a child. She completed a BFA at Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in drawing and painting, then completed an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan in sculpture studies. Wing-Yee works with vernacular materials and throwaway objects of consumer culture to create images inspired and informed by domestic crafts, de-schooling and cultural dislocation.