Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Orange Shirt Pins with Krystal Bigsky
Time and Date: Saturday, September 30th, 10am – 12pm
Location: Second floor, Education Studio
Cost: Admission to AWE is free on September 30th
Join us for an workshop in honor of Orange Shirt Day, led by RBC Emerging Artist in Residence, Krystal Bigsky. In this workshop, Krystal will show you how to create your own orange shirt pin with felt and beads. Isnpired by Phyllis Webstad’s story, Orange Shirt Day commemorates the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada.
Following the workshop, we invite you to visit the exhibition, Nii Ndahlohke / I Work. This exhibition brings together existing works and new commissions by First Nations artists. The show explores the forced labour of students at Mount Elgin Industrial School (1851-1946).
About the RBC Emerging Artist in Residence: Krystal Bigsky
Krystal Bigsky is a third-year current Visual Arts student at the University of Windsor from Touchwood Agency, Treaty 4 Territory. Over the last few years, she has created art through beadwork and textile work. Krystal is a mother and professional powwow dancer, who travels across the Canada and the United States of America. Recently, Krystal has been combining elements of sculpture, textile, and collage with her beadwork. Krystal has a deep fascination with landscapes and natural elements and incorporates them into her work. She says that beadwork is a therapeutic practice and a symbol of her culture. Krystal is looking forward to sharing her gifts and exchanging ideas with the community over the course of the residency.