MAWA Craftstravaganza (partnership with MCC)


MAWA Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Mega-Workshop in Craft Practices from around the World
Saturday, March 9, 2013, noon-4 pm at MAWA
Presented in partnership with Manitoba Craft Council
Free! All ages and genders welcome! Materials and childminding provided.
Eritrean snacks will be served.
At our much-anticipated 5th Annual IWD crafting event, four master craftswomen will be on hand between noon and 4pm to share their skills. Come and go! Enjoy good food, good company and good crafting! The workshops will feature:
Sudanese Beadwork with Ajoullo Okello
Okello’s beadwork technique is flat-woven, can be used to create bracelets, table runners and wall hangings, or be applied onto three-dimensional objects. Traditionally, dried calabaza squashes are covered with beadwork to make sculptural decorations. Okello learned her tribal beading techniques and patterns from her mother in South Sudan. She and her three children came to Canada as refugees in 2006. In Winnipeg, Okello is working on improving her English to fulfill her dream to return to her country to teach English to children.
Richelieu Embroidery with Agniezska Marcinow
Marcinow will teach the Richelieu embroidery technique, also known as cutwork, in which a design is outlined in buttonhole stitch, the fabric is cut away, and the space is joined with bars and brides. Richelieu embroidery originated in France, but spread throughout Europe during the Renaissance. Marcinow learned Richelieu in her native Poland, where it remains an active and popular needlework practice. She has been in Canada for almost three years and works as an Office Assistant for the English as an Additional Language program at the University of Manitoba.
Lace Crochet with Elina Mazin
Mazin will teach the intricate work of lace crochet. She grew up close to the capital city of Kazakhstan, Almata, where she learned to crochet in elementary school. She often finds inspiration for her patterns through old books from Kazakhstan and is always working on several projects. Before coming to Canada almost two years ago, she spent eight years working in Israel. She is raising her three-year old son and improving her English and education as a bookkeeper in order to enter the Canadian job market.
African Hairstyles with Henriette Mukesa
Mukesa will introduce the traditions of African hairstyles through braids and hair extensions. While in a refugee camp she worked as a nurse, coordinated a school for refugee children and taught in sewing to adults. The commitment to her community continues in Winnipeg, where she is involved with several community organizations and has previously taught a workshop about African hairstyle techniques for non-African women.
And a Korean tea ceremony with Jeongie Kim!
MAWA thanks the funders who have made this program possible: The Winnipeg Foundation, Assiniboine Credit Union, RBC Foundation, Point Douglas Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, and the University of Manitoba Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Read more about MAWA’s Crafternoon’s here.