SA Creates: Embroidery Workshop
1859 Kingston Road
For this two-hour embroidery workshop, artist Dana Prieto will lead an embroidering circle open to anyone who self-identify as women (cis, trans, non-binary, etc.). Women from different ages, social and cultural backgrounds, and professions are all welcome to participate. No previous sewing experience is required. All materials will be provided including: new kitchen cloths, embroidering thread, and embroidering needles. Participants are also welcome to bring their own used or new kitchen cloth, tea towel, or dish towel to embroider.
Embroidered pieces from this workshop can either be taken home by the participants or donated to Dana's collaborative large-scale textile installation called The Rags Between Us, an exhaustive exploration of rags, kitchen cloths, dishtowels and tea towels donated by family, friends, acquaintances and strangers. The project re-frames and reenacts ordinary cloths into affective materials, actions, and spaces that embody female narratives of alliances and disconnections with cleaning and sustenance.
Dana has hosted and facilitated three embroidering circles where she collaborated with over 100 women to embroider old and new cloths while engaging in a deeply enriching experience, sharing time, labour, and conversations. In each occasion, our old rags and our most dear female relationships and narratives have been our muses of inspiration.
About the FacilitatorDana Prieto is an Argentine artist and educator based in Toronto. She completed a BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University.
Her work circles around the mundane through the creation of spaces, images and actions that propose uncanny participatory experiences. Using ordinary materials such as food, litter and kitchen cloths, her projects reflect on both intimate and social-political issues around migration, belonging, gender and power.
She has participated in several award-winning collaborative projects working within diverse communities in Toronto, Halifax, Buenos Aires, Rawson, Quito and Belize.
She is currently coordinating Critical Soup, an interdisciplinary food-art initiative that opens dialogues about the impacts of Canadian extractive companies in Indigenous and Global South territories.
Find out more on her website.
Image: © 2015 Dana Prieto.
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