Workshops 

A Handmade Assembly October 18 - 21, 2017

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The Space Between Threads: A community beading circle
Katherine Boyer

Thursday, October 19, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street

The Space Between Threads is a project for participants to join, sit, learn beading, drink tea and visit. The connecting power of stitching together creates spaces and opportunity for a particular kind of sharing. The silence born between stitches, allows for a natural group breath, that breeds confidence and opportunity to share and tell stories. Occurring around the humble space of a table and chairs, The Space Between Threads allows participants to engage in as much or as little as they are comfortable. The aim of this project is to provide access to community space and to engage in open dialogue about any and all things. As facilitator, Métis artist Katherine Boyer is on site to provide beadwork lessons, from basic to complex stitches, and to generally facilitate discussion for any interested parties. Basic materials will be made available by the facilitator, for participant use, such as: scissors, seed beads, needles and thread, paper, pencils, fabric and interfacing. Space is limited: please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca

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3D Drawing With String, Knots, and Nets
Wing-Yee Tong

Friday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street

In this workshop we will explore a variety of knot-making techniques including fishnet weaving, crochet, and other lace making techniques, as modular building blocks for constructing and drawing lines and shapes in the air. All materials are provided.  Space is limited; please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca

Image: Precision Whip Drill Team, Photo Copyright 1987 by Michael Rosen. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL.

Image: Precision Whip Drill Team, Photo Copyright 1987 by Michael Rosen. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL.

LEATHER, WOOD, SWEAT
Hazel Meyer

Thursday, October 19, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Mount Allison University

LEATHER, WOOD, SWEAT is a performative workshop that uses handmade wooden mallets, the technique of leather braiding and ideas about craft, lineage, and the marks that usage leaves behind. The workshop begins with a short presentation of imagery connected to leatherwork, hair-braiding, and leather-braiding, and mallets and hammers in carpentry and sport. Each participant will learn how to braid a handle using mallets and/or a dowel. These mallets will then be taken outside and used on sidewalks, bricks and rocks to make unique impressions into the leather. We will document what we hit, the time, place, and our intentions (if we care to share). These mallets will be used in other workshops with future participants, who will build on the texture/imprints previous participants left. All materials are provided. Space is limited: please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca

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Casting the Macabre
Rebecca Blankert

Friday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street

This workshop is an introduction to resin mold making. Bring a small object (the stranger, the better) that can be cast into a resin trinket. This two-part process will begin with a mold created from your object. The resin will be poured during the first night of the workshop, then come to the Heart & Pocket sale to un-mold your object, and attach it to a necklace, keychain or other functional doodad. Objects that would make a great casted bauble: small bones and skulls, weird looking rocks, old-timey keys, small figurines, doll parts, mechanical parts, lego, stiff mummified candy from your pocket, crystal shards from Thra or meteorites. Space is limited: please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca

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Make a Refillable Leather Notebook
Alana Morouney

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street

Learn how to make a small refillable/re-useable leather notebook that you can keep in your pocket. The notebook is bound with a very simple stitch and knot, and the little booklet slips out of a soft wrap-around leather cover. All materials are provided. Space is limited: please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca

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The Work Room

Thursday, October 19 & Friday, October 20
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre
7 Lorne Street. 

The Work Room is an open workshop space with refreshments, music, and a few extra bits and bobs to help your projects or to get you started on something new. This year, artist Katie Marie Bruce will be in The Work Room developing an artist project over the course of A Handmade Assembly. Stop by to visit and see her progress. 

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Locating Colour
Deborah Margo

Saturday, October 21, 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, Mount Allison University

An introduction to the possibilities of local plants being made into plant dyes and their applications to different kinds of textiles. The gathering and storing of plant matter will be covered as well as recipes for making plant dyes. Finally, selected textiles will be dyed. From beginning to end, this is a hands-on workshop, with all materials provided. Space is limited: please register in advance by emailing info@strutsgallery.ca