Introduction to Sashiko

July 21st, 10-4pm

Esker Foundation

During this day-long workshop, participants will explore ‘sash(i)ko,’ a rural hand stitching technique from Northern Japan. Working with traditional patterns and natural fabrics from Bird’s collection, participants will work on a stitch sampler alongside a centerpiece or wall hanging. All materials will be included. Participants must be over the age of 16.

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Artist talk

June 15th, 7-8pm

Esker Foundation

In this talk, Bird will discuss 1597; Harmonious Frequencies, an ongoing performance-based installation in the Esker Project Space. Bird is interested in performing slow building techniques with simple to no tools over a long duration of time. Her work explores the physical and mental effects of carrying out a repetitive process, the perception of time, and artisanship.

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Blue Valentine Indigo/ Shibori workshop

February 17 & 18

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Price: $175.00 per person or $300 for two!*

Come join us for this special Blue Valentine workshop! Through this 2-day workshop, participants will explore, Arimatsu Shibori; the traditional Japanese resist dyeing technique. Stitching, pleating, binding and pole wrapping are some of the techniques covered. Participants create their own set of unique samples including a larger piece such as a scarf or wall hanging. All materials will be provided; everyone will receive a selection of cellulose fibres: cotton, rayon, hemp and linen. Together we will work with an easy to use, synthetic indigo vat while we discuss indigo’s long, rich history and different recipes for both natural and synthetic vats. No previous experience necessary. Please bring an apron or protective clothing and nitrile gloves.

*Use Promo Code BLUEVALENTINE to receive $50 discount when signing up 2 people! Valid for only 2 people per purchase. Follow this link to register



Shibori Dyeing @ ACAD


Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique that allows you to produce beautiful, indigo patterns on fabric. Create a series of samples, where you play with different binding, folding, twisting, stitching, and compressing techniques which result in very different patterns. Work with the pattern you like you best and dye a scarf. Some supplies are included in the fee. Please see your course supply list online. Be sure to come prepared for the first class. For more information and to register, follow the link.

February 24 & 25th


NCC October 2017

I'm very excited to be one of the vendors at the upcoming New Craft Coalition! I have been a long time admirer of the founders and many of the previous vendors. Although smaller than some of the other craft fairs in Calgary, New Craft Coalition consistently offers a diverse selection of artists producing high-quality, hand-made items. The intimate setting is also more conducive to getting to know the artists selling their work. Hope to see you there!

Festival Hall, Inglewood
1215 — 10th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, AB

$2 Admission


Shibori Indigo weekend @ workshop

Over this 2-day workshop, participants will explore the Japanese resist-dyeing technique known as, Arimatsu Shibori. Stitching, pleating, binding and pole wrapping are some of the methods covered while participants create their own set of samples using a variety of cellulose fibres like cotton, rayon and linen. Together we will set up a pre-reduced indigo kit while we explore its rich history and lore. In addition to the samples, each participant will work on a more significant piece such as a scarf or wall hanging. No previous experience necessary! Please bring an apron and nitrile gloves; all other supplies included.

September 23-24th, 2017. 10-4pm

Workshop studios