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
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.
When: September 9 Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Where: Online
Description: 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.
Materials • 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
Learn Digital Collaging techniques in the workshop on August 5th. In this workshop participants will get a chance to get creative with photographs, shape, colour and type to create their own personalized collage from scratch using Inkscape (Digital Program).
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.
Stitching Spring is a 2 workshops embroidery series starting with the very basics of embroidery and walking participants through the creation of their embroidery art piece inspired by spring. In the beginning, participants will learn embroidery stitches and the basics to start embroidery art. Inspired by the theme of spring each participant will create their embroidery piece, starting with a sketched idea and using the learned stitches to create a textile art piece.
Materials needed to participate:
– Embroidery Hoop (recommended sizes between 4″ and 7″)
– 2 or 3 Fabric or felt pieces that are larger than the hoop (cotton, linen, or fabrics that don’t have too much stretch to them are recommended)
– Embroidery needles between sizes 2 to 7
– Needle threader (optional)
– Embroidery floss
The workshops will take place virtually on April 29th and May 6th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.
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.
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
Pen and a notebook or paper
All materials can be found at Michaels craft store or other craft stores.
Participants will be making masks using various materials in creative ways. The theme of this workshop is finding creative ways of mask making addressing stories of people, activities, and things that have gotten the participants through COVID time and isolation. These connective and rejuvenating acknowledgements become the inspiration for creating an individual mask. Participants will be led through the mask-making design and build process by the workshop lead, Banafshesh Erfanian. All levels of experience are welcomed.
Magazines or newspaper
Wooden sticks (a pencil could be used instead)
Strings of any kind or elastics
The workshop will take place virtually on December 10th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.