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Close up image of porcupine quills

An Afternoon with Quills

Join Carrie Allison, visual artist of Nêhiyaw, Métis, and European descent, for an afternoon with quills. This workshop will take place outside and be split into two segments; the first hour will be open to the general public and the second part will be closed to Indigenous participants.

Part 1: This part of the workshop will be spent sharing stories, histories, and learning from one another, while washing quills to be used in future art projects. Indigenous people have been washing quills and using them to adorn objects and garments for centuries. Carrie will share her knowledge about quills, quillwork, and the importance of sharing space and time with one another and other living beings.

Part 2: At the artist’s request, this part of the workshop is closed to Indigenous participants only. This is to protect Indigenous knowledges that historically have been co-opted and applied out of context and culture. Participants will learn how to sew quill applique to home tanned hide. Folks will leave with a simple design and maybe sun kissed cheeks.

More information, access and location details will be shared with registered participants in advance of the workshop.


Saturday, July 25, 2020


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Halifax Common
Halifax, NS