May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Beaded Red Dress Pin Workshop

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Indigenous arts Workshops Visual Arts

In this workshop you will learn how to make a beaded pin for Red Dress Day which takes place on May 5. Suitable for beginner beaders and experienced beaders alike, ages 16 and up. Options to have all materials delivered to you or for you to bring your own supplies. The workshop will be split between two one and a half-hour sessions via Zoom where you will bead your Red Dress Pin from start to finish and have the ability to share your progress and ask questions to the instructor.

We recommend that participants have some basic hand-sewing experience.

Open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants alike. For non-Indigenous participants we offer this workshop as a culture exchange and learning opportunity. The knowledge shared should not be used to profit off Indigenous artistic practices in the future.

This workshop takes place over two days: Tuesday April 27 and Tuesday May 4, from 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST each day. 

Cost to register including workshop materials: $36.32

Cost to register, bring your own materials (no materials will be mailed to you): $15.92

Sign up before April 11 to ensure the materials will arrive in time for the workshop. This workshop will be presented in English.

About the instructor:

Mairi Brascoupe (Algonquin Anishinabeg) is the Indigenous Cultural Resident for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Mairi is an experienced beader, with beadwork being a key part of her multidisciplinary artistic practice.

Materials Provided:

(Participants purchasing the $15 ticket must provide these materials)

  • Beading needle (Size 10)
  • Nymo beading thread (Size 0, 00, B or D)
  • 10/0 Czech seed beads (Red, White, Matte Black, Silver-lined Yellow, Silver-lined Red)
  • Beading felt (Red)
  • Pinback
  • Design pattern
  • Instructions

Materials you need to bring:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue (e6000, GOOP)
  • Wax (optional)