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)