Sandra Brownlee is teaching at CTS in May

We couldn’t be more pleased to have Sandra Brownlee teaching a 5 day intensive workshop in our studio May 5-9, 2014 –  Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word.

Just this past month it was announced that Sandra is the 2014 recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (Saidye Bronfman Award). We are so excited for Sandra and her accomplishment receiving this prestigious award.

Sandra’s workshops are known to rejuvenate art practices and inspire and excite creativity.  People who have taken workshops with her in the past, almost glow when talking about the impact it had on their own art practices and ways of working.

Sandra Brownlee workshop

An exhibition of Sandra Brownlee’s stellar work will be opening at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto just days before her workshop in our studio.  The exhibition titled, The Word Made Physical: drawing, writing, weaving, stitching runs from May 1 – 25, 2014.  Meet the artist: Saturday, May 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

To learn more about the workshop at the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op click here.

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Multi-talented Ojibwa Artist Hiawatha at CTS

HiawathaOur last 2 workshops with Hiawatha Osawamick were hugely successful.  In the Traditional Leather Hide workshop participants learned how to make custom fit moccasins or mittens from leather hide and then embellish them with fur trims, beads, and more.

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photo-2 copy 2roohiphoto-2 copy 4photo-2 copyHiawatha is a wealth of information and a great teacher.  For each workshop, she brings her experience with her own company Native Bebe, a Native American company that specializes in promoting Aboriginal clothing and provides parents and families with Aboriginal clothing and learning tools to help ensure their sacred heritage is preserved and their culture stays vibrant.


A seriously cute baby in a cradle board.

IMG_1587cradle1Hiawatha also heads up her own catering business of traditional Aboriginal cuisine – Ozaawmik’s Catering.  Participants in the Traditional Leather Hide workshop were also treated with a fully catered lunch prepared by Hiawatha.

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Elk Appetizers…. yummmmmm!

Hiawatha is a real creative and entrepreneurial force and we are so lucky to have her teaching in our studio.  We hope to have her back in the fall teaching a new and exciting workshop.  If you would like to receive information about this please send an email to

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