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  1. Ribbon skirt by Kim Soo Goodtrack. Photo: Kim Soo Goodtrack.

  2. Ribbon Shirts by Kim Soo Goodtrack. Photo: Kim Soo Goodtrack.

Ribbon Workshops

October 19, 20, 21 and 28, 2018

Join artist and educator Kim Soo Goodtrack and learn about the practice of making Ribbon Skirts or Ribbon Shirts. In conjunction with the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts,, these workshops are part of a new collaborative installation by Dana Claxton and Jeneen Frei Njootli titled The Sew In (2018). This work of art considers the sharing of Indigenous cultural knowledge, care, connection, labour and pleasure as integral components to the process of making art.

Ribbon Skirt Making and Knowledge Sharing Workshop with Kim Soo Goodtrack
Friday to Sunday, October 19 to 21, 2018, 1-4 pm
Free of charge (3 sessions – you must be able to attend all 3 sessions)
Limited to 8 participants
Parking and childcare will be provided for participants

Participants will learn about Ribbon Skirts and techniques of how to sew a skirt and attach the ribbons. Some sewing experience is encouraged. Please bring your own fabric: 2 to 3 metres of cotton or cotton blend, prints or solids. All other materials, including ribbon, thread and equipment will be provided. Participants will make a Ribbon Skirt and take home their creation.

To register:
If you are interested in attending the Ribbon Skirt Making Workshop, email Belkin.RSVP@ubc.ca and include your name, contact information and 2 to 5 sentences expressing why you would like to participate in this workshop. The deadline is September 28, 2018. We encourage people in the Indigenous community including mothers, fathers and LGBTQ2S to send an expression of interest. Please note: all participants are required to sign a waiver.

Ribbonizing a Shirt and Knowledge Sharing Workshop with Kim Soo Goodtrack
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11 am-2 pm
Free of charge (1 session)
Limited to 8 participants
Parking and childcare will be provided for participants

Participants will learn about Ribbon Shirts and techniques of how to attach the ribbons. Some sewing experience is required. Please bring one clean shirt. All other materials, including ribbon, thread and equipment, will be provided. Participants will ribbonize their shirt and take home their creation.

To register:
If you are interested in attending the Ribbon Shirt Making Workshop, email Belkin.RSVP@ubc.ca and include your name, contact information and 2 to 5 sentences expressing why you would like to participate in this workshop. The deadline is September 28, 2018. We encourage people in the Indigenous community including mothers, fathers and LGBTQ2S to send an expression of interest. Please note: all participants are required to sign a waiver.

About the artists:
Kim Soo Goodtrack is member of the Lakota Wood Mountain reserve in southern Saskatchewan. She is a multidisciplinary artist, author, musician and educator who taught children and adults in the Vancouver School District for over two decades, and who has created, written and co-produced numerous educational television shows for APTN. Read more about the artist…

Dana Claxton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Her family reserve is Lakota First Nations – Wood Mountain. Her paternal Euro-Canadian grandmother taught her how to harvest and preserve food and her maternal Lakota grandmother taught her to seek justice. Relying on Lakota cultural values, history, language and ideas, both ancient and new, Claxton’s work questions the multifaceted layers of identity inherent to Indigenous ways of being. Read more about the artist…

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwich’in artist whose practice is concerned with Indigeneity-in-politics, community engagement and productive disruption. Her interdisciplinary approach uses a range of media including performance, photography, sound and textiles to deconstruct the history of materials and investigate their relationship to trade, ceremonial regalia and the politics of Indigenous representation. She is a founding member of the ReMatriate collective. Read more about the artist…

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at jana.tyner@ubc.ca,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689