Rhonda Ferguson – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Rhonda Ferguson

Rhonda Ferguson works at the intersection of craft, agriculture, and social justice. Her research interests include food and material security, producer livelihoods, localization, and their implications for craft, particularly, textile and fibre-based crafts. She was born in N’Swakamok: Sudbury, and joined the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design from Tkaronto: Toronto in 2022, initially exploring small-scale wool and fibre production in Unama’ki: Cape Breton.

Rhonda has a doctoral degree in International Human Rights Law (Irish Centre for Human Rights at Ollscoil na Gaillimhe) and a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Laurentian University). Her academic research has focused on the sub-field of human rights known as economic, social, and cultural rights as well as small-scale farming and trade, using a critical theoretical lens. Her creative interests are fostered through ongoing learning at NSCAD (Textiles), and previously OCAD (Material Art and Design: Textiles).