Cecile Clayton-Gouthro

Cecile Clayton-Gouthro

Biography: 

Cecile studied for and earned her BFA at the University of Manitoba School of Art and obtained her Master of Science degree from the U of M Faculty of Human Ecology. Her master's thesis was published as a monograph by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Maintaining her interest in costume and design, but changing her focus from ethnic culture to theatre, Cecile completed an interdisciplinary PHD that combined theatre, art history, history and human ecology. As a professor in the Clothing and Textiles department of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba, Cecile taught various history of costume and design courses. She guided several students through their Master of Science degrees. At the same time, she encouraged the development of talented young designers and their participation and success at national competitions. During all this time, Cecile was a practicing visual artist, combining her awareness of historic and contemporary culture with a feminist appropriation of traditional women's craft to create sometimes powerful, sometimes intimate works of art.