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

There are two available dates to choose from. Please select the date you want to attend when purchasing your ticket.

Workshop 1: Friday, September 16, 11-3 pm
Workshop 2: Saturday, September 17, 11-3 pm


$50 General, $40 Members, $35 Students, Indigenous Participants FREE

Join artist Catherine Blackburn in a one-day Applied Beading Workshop inspired by Aboriginal Classics, a series of works exploring themes of identity, language, and story. Participants will learn applied beading basics on an unconventional medium that utilizes a teabag as the vessel/story-holder.

Intermediate beaders are welcome to participate. Only 15 seats available. Ages 15+

I think about how my hands hold knowledge, and how beads hold stories of connection. I use this relationship of body to beads as a tool in mark making and the permanency that this describes. 

-Catherine Blackburn

This program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.



Type: Program

Date: Sep 16 - Sep 17

Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweller, whose common themes address Canada’s colonial past that are often prompted by personal narratives. Her work merges mixed media and fashion to create dialogue between historical art forms and new interpretations of them. Through utilizing beadwork and other historical adornment techniques in her practice she explores Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and representation. Her work has exhibited in notable national and international exhibitions and fashion runways including; Àbadakone: National Gallery of Canada, Santa Fe Haute Couture Fashion Show, New Mexico and Radical Stitch: The Mackenzie Art Gallery. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including the Saskatchewan RBC Emerging Artist Award, the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award, publications in Vogue and In Style magazines, her inclusion on the 2019 Sobey Art Award longlist, the prestigious Eitlejorg Contemporary Art Fellowship and most recently was 1/6 Forge Project Fellows. 


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