Star People, Star Trek: Dream Catcher Time Travel with The Sparkling Buffalo
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Star People, Star Trek: Dream Catcher Time Travel with The Sparkling Buffalo

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop, The Sparkling Buffalo will share their work in the science fiction and Indigenous futurities realm, and one of their beading techniques. Perfect for beginners, participants will create a small beaded sun-catcher and learn about Cree connections to the Star People.

The Sparkling Buffalo is mother-daughter duo Sarah and Chrystal Buffalo, multidisciplinary artists from Maskwacis, Samson Cree First Nation. They combine semi-precious stones with traditional beadwork, seamlessly integrating designs into Indigenized futuristic realities. For more information, visit: http://thesparklingbuffalo.weebly.com/home.html

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

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Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Story Exchange and Paper-Making with Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Story Exchange and Paper-Making with Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Mekinawewin, to give a gift is rooted in a circular gesture of exchange. It is an invitation into relationship, as a guest to Treaty 7, and an introduction into the deep humility of belonging. Cardinal offers her third instalment of this generative project through a process made and shaped by many hands. As a result of stories told aloud, mixtures of water and botanical pulp collide and reconfigure themselves as paper sheets where these stories reappear.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of Mekinawewin, to give a gift, presented by Otahpiaaki at the Central Library, 3rd Floor, from 4-9 November 2019.

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is a multi-media artist and community activist who traces her ancestral roots back to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the once-German occupied lands of Ukraine. For more information visit: www.tamaraleeannecardinal.com

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

Exhibition location: The Calgary Central Library, 3rd Floor (800 3 St SE, Calgary)

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Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Blackburn will lead an applied beading workshop inspired by her series Aboriginal Classics, that explores themes of identity, language, and story. Through a guided exploratory self-reflection process, participants will uncover sacred and 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 prepare can visit and practice several small projects at Contour Beading 101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkogKzJ5_KE in advance of the workshop for instructions on fundamentals.

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. For more information, visit: https://www.catherineblackburn.com/aboriginal-classics

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

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Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Exhibition at The Calgary Central Library
Nov
5
to Nov 11

Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Exhibition at The Calgary Central Library

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Mekinawewin, to give a gift is rooted in a circular gesture of exchange. It is an invitation into relationship, as a guest to Treaty 7, and an introduction into the deep humility of belonging. Cardinal offers her third instalment of this generative project through a process made and shaped by many hands. As a result of stories told aloud, mixtures of water and botanical pulp collide and reconfigure themselves as paper sheets where these stories reappear.

This exhibition was co-created by participants who contributed creations generated at the November 2nd workshop.

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is a multi-media artist and community activist who traces her ancestral roots back to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the once-German occupied lands of Ukraine. For more information visit: www.tamaraleeannecardinal.com

Exhibition location: The Calgary Central Library, 3rd Floor (800 3 St SE, Calgary)

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Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Blackburn will lead an applied beading workshop inspired by her series Aboriginal Classics, that explores themes of identity, language, and story. Through a guided exploratory self-reflection process, participants will uncover sacred and 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 and prepare several small projects at Contour Beading 101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkogKzJ5_KE in advance of the workshop for instructions on fundamentals.

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. For more information, visit: https://www.catherineblackburn.com/aboriginal-classics

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

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The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @MRU Makerspace
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @MRU Makerspace

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop Campbell will lead participants in a creative exploration of their connections to culture, identity, land, community place and customs. Using beadwork and storywork design principles, participants will produce two identical small-scale personal designs: one to take home, and one to contribute to a larger sculptural community project.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of The Place Where the Trails Meet, presented at the Otahpiaaki Showcase Saturday November 9th.

Jaymie Campbell is an accomplished Anishinaabe/Curve Lake First Nation beader and fashion designer. In 2015 Jaymie launched White Otter Design Co., which incorporates her love of traditional artistry with contemporary fashion. For more information, visit: https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/heres-how-jaymie-campbell-grew-white-otter-design-co-from-passion-project-to-profitable-business-garnering-red-carpet-placement/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 8)

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Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @MRU Maker Space
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @MRU Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop participants will work with Corbett’s new App to pattern and weave an important part of their own story, designing a Métis style digital sash. Sashes may be printed in two-dimensions, or participants may begin to weave their sash in three-dimensions.

Jon Corbett is a contemporary Indigenous (Cree, Saulteaux and Métis) multi-media artist whose practice explores Indigenous forms of expression that were unavailable to him due to his grandmother’s assimilation to a homogenized Canadian ideal. Using code, he stitches together traditional Métis beading practice to create digital beaded portraits of four generations of his family. For more information visit: https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/photos/transformer-jon-corbett and

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288839868_INDIGITALIZED_traditional_Metis_artistic_expression_in_contemporary_media_art

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6 & 7)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

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Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @MRU Makerspace
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @MRU Makerspace

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop participants will work with Corbett’s new App to pattern and weave an important part of their own story, designing a Métis style digital sash. Sashes may be printed in two-dimensions, or participants may begin to weave their sash in three-dimensions.

Jon Corbett is a contemporary Indigenous (Cree, Saulteaux and Métis) multi-media artist whose practice explores Indigenous forms of expression that were unavailable to him due to his grandmother’s assimilation to a homogenized Canadian ideal. Using code, he stitches together traditional Métis beading practice to create digital beaded portraits of four generations of his family. For more information visit: https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/photos/transformer-jon-corbett and

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288839868_INDIGITALIZED_traditional_Metis_artistic_expression_in_contemporary_media_art

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6 & 7)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

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Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @MRU Maker Space
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @MRU Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

What does visual sovereignty look like? Discover the healing therapy of indigenous embroidery and develop your personal marks of resistance. In this gather and make workshop we will repurpose either a tee-shirt or garment that participants bring from home into an embellished celebration of visual sovereignty telling your unique story. Practicing Poo’miikapii in a supportive women’s circle we will stitch your unique visual vocabulary. Our goal is to use indigenous designs and color combinations in a variety of threads, glass beads, ribbons and fabrics to embellish garments using traditional embroidery and applique techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring memory objects from home such as old lace, buttons, seashells and dried plant fibers. Also bring a cotton t-shirt or stretch of fabric. No prior sewing or hand embroidery skills are needed, as we will be using basic hand stitches. A variety of samples on garments, patches for jackets, bandolier bags and pouches will be provided for inspiration.

Carola Jones (Algonquin Deer Clan, North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora, SC Edisto/Gullah, Florida Seminole) is an art, design and technology teacher and artist, writer, visual storyteller and Pow Wow dance with a passion for modern quilting. Her work explores concepts of place and memory by sharing stories and traditions associated with the textiles of her people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton. For more information visit: https://www.indigofibershed.com/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 7 )

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

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The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @Central Library Maker Space
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @Central Library Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop Campbell will lead participants in a creative exploration of their connections to culture, identity, land, community place and customs. Using beadwork and storywork design principles, participants will produce two identical small-scale personal designs: one to take home, and one to contribute to a larger sculptural community project.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of The Place Where the Trails Meet, presented at the Otahpiaaki Showcase Saturday November 9th.

Jaymie Campbell is an accomplished Anishinaabe/Curve Lake First Nation beader and fashion designer. In 2015 Jaymie launched White Otter Design Co., which incorporates her love of traditional artistry with contemporary fashion. For more information, visit: https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/heres-how-jaymie-campbell-grew-white-otter-design-co-from-passion-project-to-profitable-business-garnering-red-carpet-placement/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 8)

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Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @Central Library Maker Space
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @Central Library Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

What does visual sovereignty look like? Discover the healing therapy of indigenous embroidery and develop your personal marks of resistance. In this gather and make workshop we will repurpose either a tee-shirt or garment that participants bring from home into an embellished celebration of visual sovereignty telling your unique story. Practicing Poo’miikapii in a supportive women’s circle we will stitch your unique visual vocabulary. Our goal is to use indigenous designs and color combinations in a variety of threads, glass beads, ribbons and fabrics to embellish garments using traditional embroidery and applique techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring memory objects from home such as old lace, buttons, seashells and dried plant fibers. Also bring a cotton t-shirt or stretch of fabric. No prior sewing or hand embroidery skills are needed, as we will be using basic hand stitches. A variety of samples on garments, patches for jackets, bandolier bags and pouches will be provided for inspiration.

Carola Jones (Algonquin Deer Clan, North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora, SC Edisto/Gullah, Florida Seminole) is an art, design and technology teacher and artist, writer, visual storyteller and Pow Wow dance with a passion for modern quilting. Her work explores concepts of place and memory by sharing stories and traditions associated with the textiles of her people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton. For more information visit: https://www.indigofibershed.com/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 7 )

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

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Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @Central Library
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett @Central Library

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop participants will work with Corbett’s new App to pattern and weave an important part of their own story, designing a Métis style digital sash. Sashes may be printed in two-dimensions, or participants may begin to weave their sash in three-dimensions.

Jon Corbett is a contemporary Indigenous (Cree, Saulteaux and Métis) multi-media artist whose practice explores Indigenous forms of expression that were unavailable to him due to his grandmother’s assimilation to a homogenized Canadian ideal. Using code, he stitches together traditional Métis beading practice to create digital beaded portraits of four generations of his family. For more information visit: https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/photos/transformer-jon-corbett and

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288839868_INDIGITALIZED_traditional_Metis_artistic_expression_in_contemporary_media_art

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6 & 7)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

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