June 19, 2021
Myseum Intersections 2021: From Weeds We Grow (Birch Bark Basket Workshop)
Join Myseum of Toronto and STEPS Public Art Saturday, June 19 from 1-3:00pm EDT for a Birch Bark Basket making workshop which is part of the STEPS "From Weeds We Grow" series.
Led by First Nations artist Lindsey Lickers, this workshop is a reflective exercise that not only allows participation through creation, but for participants to dive deeper into their current relationship with the land base they reside on and the environment at large. This workshop will also explore how this relationship with the land has been strengthened by the knowledge learned and shared during the workshop.
Rooted in an expanded understanding of the importance of connecting to land, creation utilizing natural materials combined with personalized symbolism of these learnings, will be actualized through the medium of basket making.
The aim of this workshop is to share one way that Indigenous peoples honour this relationship through craft and provide an opportunity for participants to experience first-hand the interconnectedness in all things, while also honouring their own experiences, histories and relationships with the basket serving as the keeper of this new awareness.
We welcome those who don't want to or are unable to participate in birch bark basket making, but do want to learn more, to join.
Following this workshop participants will have created a miniature birch bark basket used in medicine gathering. An online exhibit will present the final work alongside the creative process and learnings.
Lindsey Lickers, ‘Mushkiiki Nibi’ (Medicine Water) is Turtle Clan originally from Six Nations of the Grand River, with matriarchal ties to the Mississauga’s of Credit First Nation. She has been a practicing artist specializing in painting, beading and community arts facilitation going on fifteen years. In 2019, Lindsey was awarded an International Women’s Day Award (City of Toronto) recognizing her unique synthesis of public art, Indigenous women’s issues and governance.
As this workshop is happening on Zoom there will be live captioning provided.