MCC Year of Eco Craft Talk Series

The MCC is excited to be hosting a series of online artist talks via Youtube live! These talks are part of the MCC’s 2022 Year of Eco Craft, relating to climate change and environmental sustainability through the lens of contemporary craft practice. Taking place over the next few months, you can find a preview of some of the speakers below. Stay tuned for more details! 

All talks will be streamed live and saved on on our Youtube channel, which can be found here.

This series is made possible by the generous support of  Assiniboine Credit Union.

Tricia Wasney: May 19, 2022 at 7pm
Pet Hair, Push Pins & Packing Peanuts: Using Reclaimed Material

Scouring thrift store shelves and recycling bins, Tricia Wasney’s illustrated talk explores the treasures to be found in reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials. Through her narrative jewellery and showing the work of fellow artists, Tricia brings attention to the climate crisis while demonstrating the whimsical possibilities of using otherwise throw-away materials.
Tricia Wasney’s work is informed by the landscape, scientific research and forgotten histories. Her studies in landscape architecture, literature and film impacts her art work which investigates ideas through narrative jewellery and craft-based practices, referencing historical methods and employing diverse materials and techniques. More and more she is incorporating recycled, thrifted and otherwise waste materials into her work. Wasney has participated in artist residencies in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Churchill, Manitoba and Riding Mountain National Park. Her work has been exhibited at C2 Centre for Craft, The Buhler Gallery, and the Alberta Craft Council with upcoming shows at the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba and Milan Jewellery Week in Milan, Italy. She has received numerous grants for her art work from the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Erin Konsmo: June 16, 2022 at 7pm
Scaling our Relations: Caring for the Gifts from the Fish

Fish scale art is a contemporary Indigenous art form using the scales from fish to create elaborate miniature morals. Fish scale art is a time-intensive art form that requires catching fish, processing the scales, then dyeing and organizing the scales into careful compositions—a practice that is based on relationships with the water, local First Nations and Métis fishers, and the fish themselves. Fish scales are not a commercially available art supply, and so caring relationships are essential for the ongoing artistic practice. My work takes into consideration a material closely connected to the land and water, a site specific practice of reminding us about the gifts from the fish. I seek to emphasize the importance that fish, waterways, and other more-than-human relations have within art and craft spaces. This talk will discuss the ethical and relationship process of creating fish scale art. It will also discuss themes within my fish scale art practice including, gifts from the fish, place and water, queer aesthetic, proportion/‘scale, and digitization of fish scales.
Erin Marie Konsmo is a Prairie queer who grew up in central Alberta and is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Their arts practice currently focuses on fish scale art, an art form they were mentored into by Métis artist Jaime Morse. Most recently Erin was chosen as one of five winners of the Emerging Digital Arts Awards 2021 for their digital fish scale work. The EDAA is Canada’s first digital art award designed to foster experimentation in the work of emerging artists. Erin is an advocate for the water, land and fish and concerned about the waterways and non-human kin who call them home.