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Urban Art Biz | The Art of Beading

Urban Art Biz | The Art of Beading

Start: March 28, 2024 12:00 pm
End: March 28, 2024 1:30 pm
Galleries: Online

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 12 – 1:30 pm CST
Online | FREE


“The bigger the earrings, the closer to Creator.” – all the deadly Aunties

Let’s talk about the importance of Beadwork, the stories it tells, the generational knowledge it carries, how techniques and teachings are transmitted through stitches, and how beaded work is being elevated, valued, and appreciated as works of fine art in our contemporary circles.

Join us in conversation with guests:

  • David Heinrichs – Traditional Beadwork
  • Shauna Fontaine – Anishinaabe Girl
  • Jessie Pruden  – Bead N’ Butter
  • Andrea Reichert – Curator of Gathering: Indigenous Beadwork and Quillwork

The art of beading has been an integral part of Indigenous Nations for centuries. From pre-historic times beads were made of shells, pearls, bone, teeth, stone, seeds, wood, clay, turquoise, gold, and fossils. Before contact, Indigenous Nations adorned their clothing, ceremonial items, and selves with intricate designs and patterns that reflected the environment in which they lived. The sophisticated and intricate designs in the beading patterns were identifiable to each Nation and individual.

When Europeans first arrived to Turtle Island they introduced large ceramic pony beads, glass beads, chevron beads and tiny seed beads. The tiny seed beads were called Manido-min-esah, which means little spirit seeds, gift of the Manido and are often the beads we envision when we picture Indigenous beadwork.

Beading has been given a new worldwide platform of visibility, moving from a historical storytelling craft to a highly sought-after art form in both the art and fashion worlds. We’ll explore how contemporary Indigenous artists are informed by tradition, incorporate teachings as they create new work, how you can get your work seen, and spotlight how Indigenous beadwork is both vital to our history and a contemporary art form of activism.

Through beading Indigenous community members elevate well-being grounded in our collective and intergenerational histories, cultures, spiritualities, identities, dreams, and teachings. Beading is not just for decoration anymore, it is a demonstration of cultural resiliency.

The workshop is offered FREE. Please register online before 10:30 am CST on March 28, 2024, and a Zoom link will be sent to your email address by 11 am. This workshop is live-streamed, it will NOT be recorded, so please make plans to attend!