• 1986 – Grand prize winner; theme: “The Line”

  • 1993 – Grand prize winner; theme: “The Americas”


    This two-piece garment reflects our continent’s historic and cultural contradictions – two Americas where two polarized cultures clash on capitalist and spiritual values.

    The dress, alluding to the military past, reflects the lines of an American Civil War-era Confederate officer’s tunic. Its spare and austere lines share the esthetic of contemporary architecture, giving the garment a distinctly modern and urban character.

    Inspired in form by various forms of North American Indian ceremonial dress, the finery is a hymn to the cultural vitality and craftsmanship of the continent’s first inhabitants. Its fragmented structure is an allegory for the fusion of diverse traditional beliefs into a single mythical universe.

    Hung like a painting on a wall, the finery evokes the reductive vision of a culture that has too often sought to confine Amerindian art to museums.

    Conversely, the combination of the two garments, dress and finery, can be seen as a symbol of the ever-vibrant influence of North American Aboriginals and a recognition of the mixing of two great cultural currents.

  • 1996 – Award of excellence; theme: “Objet/Passion”


    When feverish passion excites the nerves and the elation of intense desire and overflowing emotions explode into extraordinarily opulent finery saturated in colour.

  • 1998 – Award of excellence; theme: “Racines”

    From Reine to Aimée to Rose-Marie…

    My roots: I found them slumbering at the bottom of an ancient trunk, hidden among the scraps of fabric carefully preserved by my grandmother and my mother and passed on, an insignificant inheritance, from a woman of Savoy to one from Lyons, and from her to a woman of Toulon in love in New France.

    Scraps of silk, rags of organdie, little veils of tulle, faded embroideries, clouds of organza … I felt the urge to plunge my hands into them, into those woven treasures, to stir up their scents and their colours, to stroke them, to breathe them, to caress my face with their softness.

    And imperceptibly, the gestures seen in my childhood came back. Like them, I ripped, I cut, I teased and frayed, twisted and pinned, glued, embroidered and sewed. Without hurry. Taking my time. An hour or two, no more, each day. In pure tactile enjoyment, for the simple pleasure of the eye, and changing my mind a hundred times, thinking of them.

    Little by little, imperceptibly, the trunk’s contents arose, a vertical patchwork formed in the memory of those women’s bodies. Very personal and yet anonymous, true to the memory of their labour as humble workers in the Lyons silk workshops, this ensemble displays with tenderness the colours of Reine and Aimée, my roots.

  • 1997 – Prix Jean-Marie-Gauvreau, for the collection of work presented at the Salon des Métiers d’art du Québec.

Rosie Godbout has participated in over 40 group and solo exhibits in Canada and abroad.


  • In Canada

  • July 1986
    Participation in Convergence ’86, in Toronto, organized by The Ontario Crafts Council and Ontario Hand Weavers and Spinners.
  • February-April 1987
    Uncommon Threads group exhibit, at Cartwright Gallery, Vancouver.
  • 1984-86-87-89-91
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec, an exhibit that toured throughout Québec and to Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
  • June 1988
    Group exhibit at the Regent Craft Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • 1989-99
    One of a Kind exhibit and sale, Toronto.
  • *1994
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec «Les Amériques», an exhibit that toured throughout Québec and to Toronto and Vancouver.
  • *1996-97
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec «Objet/Passion», touring exhibit; Musée du Québec in Quebec City, Musée d’Art contemporain in Montréal, and Toronto and Vancouver.
  • *1998-99
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec « Racines », touring exhibit.
  • April 2007
    Participation in the exhibit, « Des objets qui ont de l’âme… des œuvres d’expression contemporaine » during the QUÉBEC SCENE event at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • In Québec

  • November 1984
    Group exhibit organized by the Conseil des Arts textiles. Mini-textiles. Maison de la Culture Marie Uguay, Montréal.
  • February 1985
    Tissu mode exhibit/contest. Musée des Arts décoratifs de Montréal.
  • May 1988
    Group exhibit: A mon seul désir, organized by the Conseil des Arts textiles. Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal.
  • March 1989
    Group exhibit: Textile-Métal. Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges.
  • May 1989
    Group exhibit: Armures et Traces. Textile art. Galerie Complexe du canal Lachine.
  • 1979 – 86
    1990 – 2010
    Exhibit/sale at the Salon des Métiers d’art, in Montréal.
  • October 1989
    Solo exhibit: Textiles d’art at Octogone gallery, Ville de Lasalle.
  • November 1989
    Vêtements d’Art à porter exhibit, Visual Arts Centre, Westmount.
  • April 1991
    Excellence métiers d’arts exhibit, Complexe Desjardins, Montréal.
  • 1995
    Group exhibit: Couleur, motifs & tissus, Maison de la culture Marie Uguay, Montréal.
  • 1995
    Duo exhibit: L’art qui se porte, Visual Arts Centre, Westmount.
  • October 1997
    ORNAMENTISSIMO – Solo exhibit at the Galerie des Métiers d’art du Québec, Montréal.
  • September 1999
    MÉTISSAGES – Solo exhibit at the Maison de la culture Rosemont-Petite Patrie, Montréal.
  • September 2000
    Duo exhibit with Geneviève Sevin-Doering at the Galerie du Centre de design de l’UQÀM.
  • September 2001
    ATMOSPHERES, three artists, Marie Saint-Pierre, Georges Lévesque and Rosie Godbout, at Galerie du Centre de design de l’UQÀM.
  • April 2003
    CHRYSALIDES, solo exhibit at Materia gallery, Quebec City.
  • January 2005
    PASSEURS DE MÉMOIRE, artist in residence for a month at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, from January 15 to February 15, 2005.
  • 2006
    DUO, a duo exhibit with the jeweller Sylvie Lupien, Galerie des métiers d’art du Québec, Montréal.
  • 2006
    Solo exhibit at the Canadian Guild of Crafts Gallery, October 5 to November 11.
  • Winter 2008
    Objets de culture, a group exhibit at the Materia centre in Quebec City, as part of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations.
  • Summer 2009
    Guest at the Biennale du lin de Portneuf, crafts section; Lieux de mémoire, curated by Denis Longchamps.


  • April 1991
    Group exhibit, crafts, Avignon, France.
  • 1994
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec «Les Amériques», at Archetype Gallery, New York.
  • 1996-97
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec «Objet-Passion», at Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago.
  • October 1997
    SOFA (Sculptural Object Functionnal Art), Chicago.
  • March 1999
    Grand Prix des métiers d’arts du Québec « Racines », at Viaduc des Arts, Paris.
  • March 1999
    Group exhibit at Palau Robert de Barcelone, by invitation from the Generalitat de Catalogne.
  • December 1999
    De Main de Maître, group exhibit at the Palais des Congrès, Paris, France.
  • November 2002
    ATMOSPHERES, Marie Saint-Pierre, Georges Lévesque and Rosie Godbout exhibit in Saint-Étienne, France as part of the Biennale Internationale de Design.
  • January 2004
    Participation in FORUM 2004, in Paris.
  • November 2006
    SOFA (Sculptural Object Functionnal Art), Chicago, November 9-12.
  • January 2007
    Participation in the Palm Beach exhibition, Palm Beach, Florida.
  • May 2007
    Participation in SOFA (Sculptural Object Functional Art), New York; late May.
  • November 2007
    Participation in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts Craft Show.
  • December 2008
    Invited to exhibit in the Carousel at the Louvres, Paris.


  • Prix François-Houdé (Jury chair in 1996)

  • Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas

  • Aide aux artistes professionnels (M.A.C.Q.)


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  • Since 1986, Rosie Godbout’s work has earned her no fewer than fourteen research grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, SODEC, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    The artist would like to thank them for their ongoing support.

    The artist would also like to thank SODEC, whose financial assistance made the creation of this site possible.