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“Strawberry Dreams”: Beaded Strawberry pincushions workshop with Naomi Smith

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


In connection with their current exhibit “The Spirit of Beads: Sharing our Stories”, Ukrainian Museum of Canada Ontario Branch and Native Canadian Centre of Toronto present a series of virtual beading workshops. Workshop costs include materials, which will be mailed to participants, or can be picked up locally at the Museum in Toronto. Please allow a minimum of 11 days for shipping if you would like your materials delivered.

Upon registration, participants will be required to provide a mailing address and kits containing all materials will be sent via Canada Post. Participants will also be required to sign a waiver consenting to a code of conduct, and to be on camera via Zoom. Please note that registration is first come first serve and participants will not be considered fully registered without completing this waiver.

For more information and registration instructions please visit www.umcontario.com or call the museum at 416-923-9861

“Strawberry Dreams”: Strawberry pincushions with Naomi Smith
Description: Create a functional and decorative 3-D beaded strawberry pincushion influenced by a century-old Indigenous design. The strawberry is an esteemed symbol of Woodlands Culture. Antique beads will be incorporated into the design as a way of honouring the history of this piece. Traditional teachings will be part of the learning experience.
Full day workshop
Time: 10am-4pm, Saturday May 15 2021
Maximum participants: 40
Age/experience level: This is an all skills level mature workshop (No children). Comfort with hand sewing is an asset.
Price per participant: $60

Kit includes all the materials required to complete the project including thread, fabric, beads, stuffing, and written instructions.

Artist Bio:
Naomi is an Indigenous Artist and Educator. She is actively involved in sharing traditional teachings with others. She focuses on the ways of the Indigenous people of the Woodlands and Northeastern region from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads.

Her artwork embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment, and accessories using quillwork, beadwork and other indigenous methods and materials. Naomi’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has shown at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC, New York City, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and participates in numerous events throughout the year.

Artist’s Statement:
“Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as Indigenous people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work.”


May 15
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Ukrainian Museum of Canada Ontario Branch