Artist seeks help for human rights museum art piece

A Winnipeg-based artist is looking for help to create a piece of art for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Rebecca Belmore wants to create a blanket using beads rolled out of Winnipeg gumbo clay. (Leif Larsen/CBC)

A Winnipeg-based artist is looking for help to create a piece of art for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

RebeccaBelmore intends to make a giant blanket of beads created from Winnipeg gumbo clay. The project, once completed, will hang in the museum's Indigenous Perspectives gallery.

What Belmore needs help with is making the individual, hand-rolled beads.

"Hand-pressed beads — so it's basically an impression of the inside of your hand," she said.

The blanket will be made out of the earth that existed here long before people arrived, but shaped by those who live here now, she said.

"They'll say, 'Oh my God, there's thousands of hands here and I'm part of that,'" Belmore said.

She is still working on how people will get to participate.

The piece will be called Trace.