Setting The Table presents Kristin Nelson: Artist Talk followed by Weaving Activity, March 28, 12:00 – 1pm, Richmond Cultural Centre Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Kristin Nelson investigates the value of labour as seen through a disability studies lens and the body’s inevitable disintegration in time. By creating everyday utilitarian objects through time consuming practices such as weaving, Nelson questions the value of all mass manufactured objects and situates her work within the philosophical and theoretical discourses about labour. Her attempt to reposition how we view labour places value on the body itself, instead of on what the body produces.

Kirstin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA at Concordia University (2014.) She has exhibited work across Canada and abroad at: Musée Regional de Rimouski, Parisian Laundry, Skol (Québec); Art Toronto, Art + Design IDEA/EXCHANGE and Edition Toronto 2 (Ontario); the Winnipeg Art Gallery, La maison des artistes visuels francophone, Plug In ICA, Actul and RAW Gallery (Manitoba) and the Museo Textil de Oaxaca (Mexico). She is a mentor for MAWA and is on the board of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. Her work is available through Lisa Kehler Art + Projects and is in private and public collections including those of: Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Setting the Table is a series of artist talks and weave-ins that explore how different people share community and support one another. It is a showcase of LGBTQ2S artists, activists and leaders who present work on intersectional issues and allyship.

Following each talk, Paige Gratland will direct the group in an activity to help weave a portion of the place setting for the Branscombe House Pride Picnic and Social in August.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn, March 28, 12:00 – 1pm, Richmond Cultural Centre Boardroom, 7700 Minoru Gate

Please register using the form below. Free to join, materials supplied, no weaving experience needed, everyone welcome. Limit to 20 participants.


Leather Craft Workshop: March 24, Noon to 4pm, Branscombe House

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Craft a leather emblem by learning basic techniques used in traditional cowboy boot design. Each participant will be provided a stencil to learn how to translate an image  into overlay and inlay. The group will use a skiving knife to bring a piece of leather to a feather edge, cut, assemble, glue and hammer their very own leather patch. The workshop will introduce sewing with a roller foot; if equipped, feel free to complete sewing at home, or have your instructor finish for pick up at a later date. Free to join, materials included, no previous experience required but recommended for 16 years +.  Workshop located at Branscombe House, 4900 Steveston Hwy, March 24 from noon to four pm.

The workshop is now full but please fill out the form below to be added to the waitlist. 16 years +.