Workshops 2018


Guilty Pleasure Data Gathering
Ella Tetrault & Kristie MacDonald
Thursday, October 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts: Sculpture Studio (first floor)

Guilty Pleasure Data Gathering will explored the ways looking for images online can inform the process of making. Over the course of three hours, the group explored image-data collection as a pathway to subject matter for art and craft or as a work in and of itself. Through discussion and the production of print-out collages, participants were provided with the space to consider how they collect and relate to images. Using printers, paper, scissors, and glue participants moved the images they locate from online sources to handmade collage. Participants left the workshop with a new collection of source material and a small artwork, as well as new tools and strategies for discussing the role of data-image collection.

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Beading Treaty
Carrie Allison
Friday, October 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

This workshop explores making as pedagogy through a collaborative beading project. Beading Treaty is a community collaborative project beading the individual words of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1725. This act of making will encourage participants to engage in dialogue about the Treaties of Peace and Friendship. Giving non-Indigenous participants space to contemplate their role in reconciliation and shared responsibility, and Indigenous participants space to share their individual perspectives.


Robyn Love
Thursday, October 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM &
Friday, October 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

Most of us have attempted to render an object on paper using observational drawing at one point or another.  What would happen if we didn't use our eyes in that process?  In this drop-in workshop, paper and drawing materials will be provided.  Bring an object to draw or use one that will be on hand.  The only condition is: no peeking.  Using touch, smell, sound or taste, can you express the object on paper?  The ability to see is a wonderful, powerful thing but, in many ways, it also limits how we perceive the world - things become ordinary and easily overlooked.  Let's change that up and let even the most boring object come alive in a new way.


Family Gathering
Negar Tajgardan
Friday, October 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, rm 361

There are always certain objects for us that are associated with some memories. In this workshop participants are asked to bring a photo of an object they face every day or have memories of. Based on their chosen objects they will have the opportunity to make a small replica of that object using Paper Solvy (a dissolving material) and wire. Afterward, objects can be sprayed with water to dissolve the fabric like a memory that fades away.


Rug Braiding
Lisa Schroeder
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

Learn some of the basics of rug braiding. Participants will be supplied with fabric, needles, thread and instruction on how to use these techniques for both functional and non functional projects. 

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Leather Appliqué
Paige Gratland
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

Craft your own leather souvenir by learning basic techniques used in traditional cowboy boot design. Each participant will: translate an image into overlay and inlay, create traceable stencils, use a skiving knife to bring a piece of leather to a feather edge, cut, assemble, glue, hammer your very own commemorative Handmade Assembly themed leather emblem. The workshop will introduce sewing with a roller foot; if equipped, feel free to complete sewing at home, or have your instructors finish and promptly mail back to you. No previous experience required. Materials included. Workshop limited to 10 participants.

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Pakistani Kite-Making and the Basant Festival
Hassaan Ashraf
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

This workshop will bring the colorful gift of Pakistani kite-making to the participants and will educate and inform them about the beautiful Basant Festival which is the kite flying festival of Pakistan and it’s the celebration of coming of spring. They will also learn the political reality of the Basant Festival and how the Pakistani government banned the festival over fifteen years ago and the beautifully simple act of kite flying was made illegal. The participants will learn to make different kites of different colors and how to fly these kites.