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Beading Workshop with Connie Paul – The Transformation of a Glass Bead

Please join Connie Paul, an Indigenous singer, painter, cedar basket Weaver and Master Beader, in a day of celebrating the tiny glass bead through the lens of her culture. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn techniques and teachings in this hands-on, in-person beading workshop at the Gallery on Oct 1, from 10am-5pm. 

This exciting program is in conjunction with current exhibition Adorned.

The cost of this all day workshop is $107. Lunch is included.

Please email to advise of allergies and/or dietary requirements.

*Please note that this workshop has sold out. 


Learn more about Connie Paul and The Transformation of a Glass Bead:

Beads have touched Indigenous nations all over the world.
Those tiny little seeds of colour have transformed our traditional symbols into works of art.
Indigenous designs, once created with shells, seeds and porcupine, are now accompanied with those tiny beautiful beads.
Many of the teachings are passed down and over time those tiny glass beads have become a part of our culture.

I have three Indigenous names:
Yetta: Okanagan name gifted to me from my great grandmother. It belonged to her grandmother.
Teltitelwet: Coast Salish name from my great grandfather’s mother ‘s side.
Hanakim Zim Lisms: a gift from the Nisga’a People.

My colonial name is Connie Paul RN. I am a home and Community Care Nursing Manager.

Art is medicine. Art has been my medicine since I was a child. My Great grandmother would say “create something daily for your emotional and spiritual wellness. Without expectation just for the sake of self healing and keeping joy in your hands and heart.”

Images (L-R): Dana Claxton, Headdress – Connie, 2019. LED Firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency (cropped). Courtesy of the artist. | Photo of Connie Paul. Courtesy of Connie Paul | Examples of beading patterns. Courtesy of Connie Paul.