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Learn how to make your own pair of beaded gauntlet mittens in our upcoming three-day workshop with artist Gloria Beckman. At this in-person, socially-distanced workshop, you will learn the art of designing, beading, and sewing your very own fur-trimmed gauntlets. Gauntlets are a longer style of mitten that go over top of the cuff of your coat.
During an artifact showcase and talk by Dr. Amelia Fay, Curator of the HBC Museum Collection, you will have a chance to see some of the Manitoba Museum’s collection of gauntlets, mittens, and gloves.
This workshop takes place at the Manitoba Museum in the Library. No prior experience necessary!
Participants must attend all three days of the workshop.
All materials and a light snack will be provided. Please bring your own coffee/tea, lunch, or other refreshments. You are welcome to bring along your own supplies if you prefer.
After you register, you will be asked to identify if you are registering with others. A seating plan will be established so that you can sit with your friends and/or family.
Masks are required to be worn by all participants and staff for the duration of the workshop.
For questions or more information about this workshop, please contact Corinne at [email protected]
General $215 + GST / Museum Members $205
About the Artist
Gloria Beckman has been an instructor for many years, teaching moccasin and mukluk workshops for schools, in communities, and for the Manitobah Story Boot School. Spending many years working within Aboriginal language education within the province of Manitoba, Gloria believes in the importance of incorporating various components of cultures and traditions in language learning. Reflecting on the past few years teaching mukluks and moccasins, she says, “It has been uplifting to see the pride in the students eyes while working on their beaded pahkīkinaskisina/leather footwear. Students learning to make mukluks and moccasins connect with their cultural identity, stitch by stitch and bead by bead. Beading is a form of meditation that gives students a feeling of self pride and accomplishment through their creations. An empowered human only wants the best for all humanity. The stories I have heard from people I’ve met through teaching have given me hope for a better future as more walk away with an ancestral skill.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this workshop will not include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum vaults. Instead, artifacts will be brought down to the Library for viewing by participants. Participants are invited to visit the Museum Galleries for a self-guided visit before or after the workshop, or during breaks; gallery admission is included in the cost of registration.