Potlotek – Beginner Series: Quill Medallions – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Potlotek – Beginner Series: Quill Medallions

Potlotek – Beginner Series: Quill Medallions
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Location: Potlotek Community Hall- 21 Old Band Office Road
Instructor: Ashley Sanipass 
Registration starts: October 6, 2022 

Workshop Description:
Learn the basics of using porcupine quill art on birchbark by creating an outline of an 8-point star medallion with Facilitator Ashley Sanipass. There will be discussions on how to prepare: birch bark, Porcupine quills, and how to dye them. The birchbark will be premade into circles to save time.  

By the end of the session the participants will have created a 8 point star medallion that can be used as a decoration or neck piece. 

Coffee, piteway and snacks will be provided. 

Materials will be provided.  

About the Facilitator:
“My Name Is Ashley Sanipass. I am a proud Mi’kmaq woman from Indian Island New Brunswick. As a child I was introduced to different forms of Mi’kmaq cultural art. Such as Basket weaving, Porcupine Quill Art, and Beading. It was taught to me by my grandmother and my Aunties. 

I am a graduate from Cape Breton University and it was during my time as a student that I really dived into researching different forms of art in these categories. I went through many years of practising these skills and selling art in these fields before I started teaching it. 

Teaching these skills has given me much joy and pride. It is a passion to help others express themselves through creativity and culture. I first began teaching these skills to Elementary school students in Cape Breton. I moved on to teaching at High Schools, Heritage Parks, Universities, First Nation Organisations, and Correctional Facilities. 

I wanted to turn my passion and my skills into a business that could help support my growing family. I finally took this step and became more organised when I joined a program offered through the Joint Economic development initiative of New Brunswick. 

Which Brings me today. 

My Business is called Mi’kmaq Art Experience. I offer a variety of do it yourself Kits that teach Mi’kmaq art and language. Each kit comes with either directions, or an online video that will guide you through the steps of creating a piece. I will be posting these kits in the “Do it yourself kits” part of my website. I will also be posting craft supplies for those who wish to continue their skills in beading, basket making, or quill work. I also provide workshops and demonstrations.”  

Please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/beginner-series-quill-medallion-workshop-1254149 

For more information please email susan@capebretoncraft.com