FULL Introduction to Porcupine Quillwork Workshop – Kailie & Raven-Chanelle

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
E3B 1B7
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Porcupine Quillwork is a traditional aboriginal artform. Together artist Kailie Arbeau and Raven-Chanelle Augustine are offering their knowledge and teachings of this special art. Using a combination of natural and man made materials participants will create your own original piece of porcupine quillwork, using modern tools and techniques while incorporating and teaching the important traditional aspects of this aboriginal art. We will teach you how to safely clean, dye, and store quills and you will end this course with your own piece of finished quillwork. The first day will be focused on teaching the history of quillwork, and how to properly harvest quills and birch bark as well as cleaning dying and prepping the quills. Later that day, or the following day we will be making a small quillwork piece on birchbark and or/ canvas material using different techniques, finishing your work and making it presentable (back of work and edges)

MATERIAL COST: $20.00 to be paid to the instructor on the day of the workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have Birch Bark, Porcupine Quills, Sweet Grass, Sinew, Leather, feel free to bring it to the workshop.

Instructors - Kailie Arbeau and Raven-Chanelle Augustine

Kailie Arbeau was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she attended the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Beginning in the foundation visual arts program she was quickly intrigued by the aboriginal visual arts (AVA) program and the message behind their mediums. She was officially accepted into the AVA program in fall 2017, graduating in porcupine quillwork in June of 2018. She loves using natural mediums in her work as well as the labor it takes to harvest her own materials, she also enjoys adding a modern twist. She looks forward to learning and creating new work while respecting her boundaries as a non-aboriginal artist.

Raven- Chanelle Augustine is an indigenous artist based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick on Wolastoqiyik Territory. Raven was born in 1994 and raised in Elsipogtog first nation. She is currently studying Aboriginal Visual Arts Diploma at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design in Fredericton. However has been a practicing indigenous artist since she was a young girl as her Migitjo, Norma Augustine highly influenced her practice in craft. Sitting down with Raven as they bonded through the creation process of indigenous artistry. Raven decided to pursue a career in indigenous art as a healing practice for indigenous children, and teaching them how to tap into their epigenetic memory and find healing in connecting to their ancestors.


What do I need to bring to the course?

Please check the description above for material fee and additional items to bring. Material fee will need to be in cash to be paid to the instructor the day of the course.

What's the refund policy?

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