Wanuskewin Workshop – Porcupine Quillwork – Sunday, February 5, 2023
February 5, 2023 9:00AM-4:30PM
Join us for our upcoming workshop:
PORCUPINE QUILLWORK with Bonnie Masuskapoe
- Sunday, February 5, 2023
- 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- $125 per person
- All materials included
Choose between making a small design brooch, a pair of earrings, or a bracelet in this workshop, and learn the art of porcupine quilling, and the story and history behind this art form.
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Maximum 20 spaces
About the Artist:
Born and raised on Ahtahkakoop First Nation, Bonnie grew up going to powwows and round dances, which is where she first recalls seeing traditional beadwork adorning the regalia of the dancers. She learned how to do beadwork from her mother, and sometimes in school, but it wasn’t until she was an adult that she started to seriously create. After immersive cultural experiences in Africa and on Manitoulin Island in Ontario with World Youth Canada, Bonnie began to appreciate her own Cree culture more. Upon returning to Saskatchewan, she started to learn how to make traditional objects like moccasins. She also started to experiment with her own style, and with using traditional designs on contemporary items.
Bonnie has tried her hand at many different art forms, and has shared her expertise in workshops at Wanuskewin in the past where participants learned how to make things like moose hide mittens. Bonnie is particularly proud of the dolls she made for her nieces. Composed of felt, the dolls are designed to look like traditional Cree girls, with braided hair and beaded regalia. Bonnie explained that growing up, the kinds of dolls she played with were Barbies, so she wanted her nieces to have a doll that looked like them.
For Bonnie, creating traditional crafts is a meaningful expression of her Cree heritage. Beadwork designs often contain stories that are particular to a people and a place. Bonnie is creating her own story through her work, one which includes stories of the past.
Learn more about the history of quillwork, the ‘oldest form of embroidery’