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[CANCELLED] Making Visible – Mending Workshop with Heather Cameron
Sunday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Free
Mending is more than the practical act of sewing on a button, stitching up a torn seam, or darning a hole in a sock – it is evidence of our care, attention, patience, and resourcefulness. It can be an effective act of resistance to fast fashion and relentless consumerism. It slows our heart rate and improves our mood as we stitch slowly, over and over.
Join visual artist Heather Cameron for a visible mending workshop. Heather will introduce basic mending skills such as threading a needle, “loving” your thread, making a tailor’s knot, working a running stitch, and weaving with your needle. Beginners will appreciate learning how to mend their clothes, and seasoned sewers will love learning the art of visible mending.
“Mending can be seen as a metaphor for acceptance, resilience and renewal in a time of environmental, political and civil upheaval. It encourages us to remember that we can get through more than we may feel we can in what sometimes feels like a world of overwhelming sorrow and desperation.” Bonnie Kemske: Kintsugi, The Poetic Mend.
What You’ll Need:
- Bring a garment that needs some TLC
- All sewing supplies will be provided
Heather Cameron is a visual artist of settler heritage. These days, she works primarily with textiles, using the rich historical and metaphorical associations the medium provides to explore issues of human relationship to nature, colonialism, labour, time, etc. She graduated from the Experimental Arts program at the Ontario College of Art in 1989 and also holds diplomas in Graphic Design (George Brown College, 1982) and Art Therapy (Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (2004). She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Council and the Gabriola Arts Council. Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Council, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Cambridge Art Galleries, and numerous private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Japan. She does all of her own stitching, by hand. Read Heather’s recent interview with the CBC!
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