February 27, 2011

International Women's Day Crafts-travaganza

At MAWA's third Annual International Women’s Day crafting event on Saturday March 5, master craftswomen will be on hand at 611 Main Street, between noon and 4:00 pm, to share their skills.   

Everyone welcome!   
A light lunch will be served! 
Most materials will be provided.  
All you need to bring is plastic grocery bags!  
Enjoy good food, company and fun, making art with friends.   

Geraf Embroidery with Zarghoona Ahmedzai Zarghoona will teach a traditional Afghani technique that is often used to embellish traditional clothing. The embroidery forms a solid pattern of geometric colour, created by counting threads and applying small, even stitches.  Zarghoona is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. She will show examples of other regional Afghani embroidery techniques.  

Plastic Bag Crochet with Erna Andersen Erna crafts beautiful bags and bowls out of old plastic shopping bags. The stitches are simple and fast to learn. Erna moved to Winnipeg from Denmark. She now works with other newcomers at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM).   

Oromo Beading with Sifo Boramso Sifo creates traditional, east African jewelry using age-old designs. Headbands, earrings and bracelets are created using a simple hand-method (not a loom). This jewelry once adorned all Oromo women. Oronia is now part of Ethiopia.  Sifo is very active at IRCOM, implementing childcare and literacy programs.  

This event is supported by the Provincial Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jennifer Howard; the Manitoba Craft Council; the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the U of W; Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library; The Edge Gallery; and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM). 

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