Our Stories: Art Exhibition Opening

Join us for the free public opening of Our Stories on September 17, 2022 from 2:30-4:30pm at the Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch (35 Fairview Mall Drive). The exhibition will be located on the 3rd floor of the library, with an artist meet and greet on the 1st floor.

Our Stories is an exhibition of visual art and textiles created during a series of community arts workshops led by artists, Cecília Garcia and Tasneem Dairywala during the summer of 2022. All artworks were produced by Toronto-based artists, with a focus on residents from Toronto’s Don Valley Village and Fairview neighbourhoods. This exhibition explores a variety of mediums, including embroidery, creative writing, and watercolour pencils as a means of self-expression and personal storytelling. All are welcome to meet and discover the talent of Toronto’s local creative community at the opening of Our Stories.

Date:  Saturday September 17, 2022

Time: 2:30-4:30pm

Location: Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch (35 Fairview Mall Drive)

1st Floor – Artist meet & greet

3rd Floor – Exhibition

Our Stories was produced with the support of Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding, Mabelle Arts, Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Kite-Making Workshop

When: September 9
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Online

In this workshop participants will learn how to create a kite made of paper.
Orfelina has designed this biodegradable kite to educate communities about green
alternatives in order to reduce plastic pollution and reduce the risk to our wild animals.

• 4 big sheets of newspaper
• Regular glue
• Masking tape
• Cotton thread (To fly the kite)
• Acrylic paints
• paintbrushes
• A pair of scissor
• A pencil with a sharp point
• A marker, color pencil or a pen

Email tasneem@artignite.ca for more information.

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council.

Draw Your Happy

In this workshop series, participants will explore all five senses with art activities led by Tasneem Dairywala. Beginning with a tutorial on watercolour pencils, participants will create vision boards of the things they like smelling, touching, hearing, and tasting. Participants will have a chance to put the external world on hold and listen to what’s going on inside of themselves. Workshops will equip participants with the skills to express themselves in multiple creative ways in order to enhance emotional and mental wellbeing. Each participant will select one piece for display in a final group exhibition.

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Stitching Diaries

Program Overview

Stitching Diaries is a community-engaged textile art program for self-identified women, non-binary, and two spirit ages 16+ in Toronto’s Don Valley Village and Fairview neighbourhoods.

Using journaling as a central theme, participants will create stitched journals and a written piece to tell their personal stories while exploring textile and stitching techniques with Toronto-based textile artist, Cecília Garcia. Participants will also learn about creative writing and Indigenous Teachings with guest artists Tasneem Dairywala and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone. Final artworks will be exhibited at the Toronto Public Library, Fairview branch in September 2022.

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101 Embroidery and Creative Writing Workshop

April 1, 2022 | 9:30am-12:00pm EDT | Free Online Workshop

Join Toronto-based artists Cecília Garcia and Tasneem Dairywala for a free online embroidery and creative writing workshop for beginners. In this workshop, you will learn embroidery basics, including an introduction to stitches and materials, and get your thoughts flowing with a guided creative writing session.

Suggested materials list:

  • Fabric or felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Pen and a notebook or paper

All materials can be found at Michaels craft store or other craft stores.

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/101-embroidery-and-creative-writing-workshop-tickets-292908706827?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Contact charlotte@artignite.ca for more information.

This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding #poweredbyTAC  

Open Studio

Our Open Studio program is designed to give you space to practice your art form and discover new ones within a supportive group environment. The program is a combination of workshops in which you work on your own projects and workshops that are more structured and led by Tasneem Dairywala, a professional artist, along with other guest artists and facilitators.
The program runs virtually on Fridays from 9:30-12.

To register, email Tasneem@artignite.ca

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council