Esker Foundation is pleased to present a series of workshops this fall in partnership with Otahpiaaki 2019: Indigenous Beauty, Fashion & Design Week. A series of five workshops will be held at Esker Foundation, an additional seven workshops, inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in Time Carriers, will be held at the Central Library MakerSpace and Mount Royal University MakerSpace, for more information and to register for the additional seven partner workshops go to: otahpiaakifashionweek.com
Catherine Blackburn will lead an applied beading workshop inspired by her series Aboriginal Classics, which explores themes of identity, language, and story. Through a guided exploratory self-reflection process, participants will uncover powerful symbolism which will be transformed into a pattern and applied to an unconventional medium: a teabag becomes the vessel.
Recommended for intermediate beaders. Beginner beaders who would like to participate can visit Contour Beading 101 on Youtube for instructions on fundamentals and to practice small projects in advance.
Catherine Blackburn is a multi-disciplinary artist and jeweller whose practice speaks to the complexities of memory, family, history and identity, creating a dialogue between traditional art forms and contemporary interpretations. Blackburn was born in Patuanak, Saskatchewan of Dene and European ancestry, and is a member of the English River First Nation.