Online Workshop: Autobiographical Embroidery & Appliqué with Yahn Nemirovsky
Thursday, July 29 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm $15 for two workshops | Online (Zoom)
Part 2 of 2-part workshop series
Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Textile Museum of Canada
Inspired by the intricate narrative artwork of Anna Torma, this two-part hands-on virtual workshop introduces participants to basic embroidery and appliqué techniques as they explore how textiles can express memory and ideas, resistance and humor. Participants are invited to imagine their own personal visual motifs and symbols as they learn the embroidery and appliqué techniques needed to bring stories to life in their textile work. Basic sewing skills are recommended, but not required! This workshop uses everyday materials that can be found easily at home or in craft or discount stores. Registration is required as space is limited.
Education Coordinator at the Textile Museum of Canada, Yahn Nemirovsky (they/them) is an artist, craftsperson, educator, and graduate of OCAD University’s Textiles program. They are interested in the intersections of textile and paper media practices. In their making, they take inspiration from the intimate object worlds of perzines (personal zines) and stitching samplers, combining practices of embroidery, collage, drawing, weaving, quilting, watercolour painting, paper making and appliqué to create hybrid objects. Yahn’s work has been exhibited at The Riverdale Hub, Ed Video Media Arts Center, Xpace Cultural Centre, The Artist Project, Glory Hole Gallery, the former D-Beatstro, and as part of the Bi Arts Festival at Beaver Hall Gallery.
Workshop supplies are not provided. Please gather the necessary supplies before the start of the first workshop on July 22nd. The workshop uses everyday materials that can be found easily at home or in craft or discount stores.
Paper: Scrap paper can be used.
Pencils: A pencil of any kind for sketching motifs. Coloured pencils are helpful to make embroidery and appliqué plans
Scissors: Scissors will be used to cut fabric and paper. Consider bringing paper scissors and fabric scissors if you have both.
Glue: glue stick is recommended.
Images for collaging: You may choose to make reference to or cut from magazines, photographs, or other found images.
Embroidery floss: Any embroidery thread may be used, though we recommend 6-strand embroidery floss which can be separated to accomplish a variety of thicknesses for stitching.
Embroidery needle: A needle with a sharp tip and an eye (the hole through which the thread passes) large enough to fit embroidery floss.
Embroidery hoop: An embroidery hoop is not necessary, though will be helpful in maintaining tension in the fabric while stitching. Any size embroidery hoop may be used. Smaller hoops may require more frequent re-positioning of the fabric.
Fabric: A woven fabric should be used (rather than knit, felt, or looped textile). Cotton and linen are great options.
Online Workshop: Stitching Pictures with Christina Kingsbury Wednesday, August 25 | 4:30 – 6:00 pm For participants of all ages (child 4+ with caregiver) $10 | Online (Zoom)
Following the tradition of passing down textiles as heirlooms from generation to generation, this hands-on virtual workshop invites families with participants of all ages to collaborate on a memorable embroidery project. Textile artist Anna Torma describes being inspired by the imaginative drawings created by her young children and incorporating those motifs into her artworks. This workshop explores similar collaborative approaches to making between kids and caregivers (or friends and family). Turn a child’s favourite drawing into a keepsake embroidery project using simple stitches. This workshop is best suited for a pair of participants – adult and child – working together to complete the project. Great for kids 4+ with an adult, whether beginners with no experience or avid sewers looking for creative play. Supplies are simple materials that can be found easily around home or in craft or discount stores. Registration is required as space is limited.
Christina Kingsbury’s multidisciplinary art practice is inspired by quilting and explores themes of place, ecology and care. Her work takes the form of performance, installation, sculpture and social practice. Christina collaborates regularly with poets, ecologists, artists, choreographers and the public to create relational works that offer a quiet and radical challenge to the commodification of life. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown as public interventions, in curated exhibitions including Cambridge Galleries, the Gladstone Grow Op, Art Gallery of Guelph’s Boarding House Gallery and at events including Kazoo Fest and ALT/Futures: Eco_Hack. Christina is also an experienced educator and community facilitator.
In Conversation: Emmanuel Osahor and Amin Alsaden Thursday, August 26 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm Free | Online (Zoom)
Join Emmanuel Osahor and Amin Alsaden for an online discussion about the issues informing the exhibition For a moment.
Infused with transnational poetics, the work of Nigerian-born artist Emmanuel Osahor centres on issues of place and displacement. Coalescing in lush paintings of gardens, these spaces speak to both the universality of the search for safe refuge as well as ongoing colonial practices that intensify cultural marginalization.
Alsaden is a curator, scholar, and educator whose work focuses on transnational exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries. His curatorial practice is committed to disseminating inclusive narratives that challenge existing canons and hegemonic epistemological and power structures.