In this workshop with artists from Otherwise Studios, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to transform your own ideas into prints using resources and tools typically found at home. You’ll learn printmaking basics, including how to ink up your “matrix” and how to hand-print a single-coloured print. Processes can be adapted for different skill levels, from beginner or family-friendly to experienced printmaker. From Behind the Mask Community Quilt Project Founder Brenda Reid will join us to explain the project and cheer us on!
This event will be held on Zoom. If more than one person is participating from your household, please add their names to your registration so we can provide the correct number of kits.
From Behind the Mask supply kits will be provided to all registered participants. Kits include the front and back fabrics for your quilt square, a thread and needle, some scrap fabric pieces, some yarn and some acrylic paint.
Kits will be available for pick-up at Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square (1 North Square) on March 26, 29, and 30 during our regular service hours (10:00am-6:00pm). There are only 50 spots available in this workshop, please register by March 22nd to ensure your spot!
In addition to your From Behind the Mask supply kit, you will need the following supplies :
- Scissors or xacto knife
- Glue or hot glue
- Toothpicks or sewing needle
- Flat surface to spread paint on such as cardboard, glass from an old frame or a flat plate
If you have your own printmaking tools you’d like to use or get help with, bring them to the workshop and we can help you get the best use out of them! Some other tools and materials you may want to experiment with could include:
- Dark marker
- Wooden spoon, measuring spoon, or rolling pin
- Paint brush
- String, lace, and other textured items
About the From Behind the Mask Community Quilt Project
Our experiences of COVID-19 have been and continue to be unequal. Some people have lost jobs, some work overtime in harm’s way, some have died, and others have recovered. We are facing the global pandemic here - in our community. Wearing a mask is one way we show care for those around us. We wear them to protect others.
We are making a community quilt based on the form of a mask! This is an opportunity to come together—while apart—and make something that will remain as a memorial, acknowledge inequality, and act as a starting point for healing. Each quilt block answers the question: From when the pandemic started, back in March 2020, until now, what has changed the most in your life? Learn more at From Behind the Mask Community Quilt Project.
About Otherwise Studios
Based in Guelph, Otherwise Studios is an inclusive studio space hosting contemporary thinkers and creative minds of all ages for art-making and community-building. With a focus on fostering a creative community hub, Otherwise offers diverse opportunities for collaborating, teaching, innovating, and mess-making. For more information, visit the Otherwise Studio website.