Students will be led through the process of beaded loomwork. It will incorporate a history to the artform including it’s significance and importance to Indigenous identity. Beadwork has the ability to connect and educate people to Indigenous history and experience and by weaving together deeper connections to understanding Indigenous culture emerge.
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Catherine Blackburn was born in Île-à-la-Crosse Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She is a bead artist, painter and jeweller whose common themes address Canada’s colonial past that are often prompted by personal narratives. Through the subject of family, she is inspired to express her own feelings and experiences which speak to the complexities of memory, history and identity. Her art merges contemporary concepts with elements of traditional Dene culture that create dialogue between traditional art forms and new interpretations of them. She has exhibited in notable exhibitions including Beadspeak (2016) Slate Fine Art Gallery, Regina, Worlds on a String:Beads, Journeys, Inspirations (2016) Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, the renowned 2017 Bonavista Biennale, as one of only 26 Canadian artists, and ‘My Sister’:The Contemporary Indigenous Art Biennial 2018/La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone (BACA), Montreal, Quebec. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a Governor General History award,the highly recognized Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, and most recent the Saskatchewan RBC Emerging Artist Award. She is affiliated with the Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria, BC,the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert, Sk., Slate Gallery in Regina, Sk., the B.Yellowtail collective in Los Angeles, California, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ont., and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Sk, for her work in painting and beadwork.