Learn about the cultural history of gift-giving in this punch needle workshop.
Learn the basics of starting, embroidering, and finishing a punch needle embroidered coaster in this 2-hour workshop. This workshop will provide all materials needed to complete a small cup or bowl coaster. Design suggestions, tips for embroidering, and other conversational pieces about the culture of gifting will be incorporated also. Feel free to engage in the discussion in a round table style, or to sit back, embroider, and just listen—whatever you are comfortable with! As well, individuals who would like translations into Cantonese or Mandarin are free to request this during the workshop (e.g. for clarification).
At the end of the workshop, all participants will have in hand a completed embroidered coaster that they can keep or gift!
Skylar Cheung is a Toronto-based oil and textile artist. She strives to call attention to underrepresented subjects through her art. Such subjects include wildlife protection and unpaid womxn’s labor. She is also an undergraduate studying political science at the University of Toronto, where she is also serving an Undergraduate Fellowship in the Ethics of AI at their Centre for Ethics. Skylar strives to use art as both an educational medium and as a prompt for reflection. Her work has been shown in venues such as Arts Etobicoke, Myseum, and the Joint Math Meetings’ Bridges Gallery in Denver, Colorado.