Back to All Events

Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn (SOLD OUT)

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 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. 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:

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

Reserve your seat (October 2nd, 2019 at 11:00am):