2020 Artist-in-Residence Sarah Godfrey

Sarah Godfrey is a hand embroidery artist, illustrator and designer based in Kitchener, Ontario. She is passionate about exploring colour and texture and draws much inspiration from nature and folklore. Her work focuses on reimagining traditional folk art practice and making use of recycled materials by upcycling clothing through embroidery as part of the sustainable fashion movement. Sarah’s work quickly gained a large online following which has lead to exciting international collaborations. She is also passionate about developing educational materials for other creatives and pursuing opportunities to teaching others through workshops and diy resources.

Artist-in-Residence Talk - Building An Artistic Network - How to Share Your Work Online
Sunday, May 24, 2 to 3 p.m. Admission by donation.
This talk will provide important insights for artists and creatives looking to share their work online. Self-promotion can be challenging, but social media strategy is very useful for network building and creating exciting opportunities for collaboration. We will discuss how to fine-tune an online strategy and how to build the confidence needed to seize your artistic voice. 

Workshops

Block Printed Valentine Cards (Ages 13+)
Saturday, February 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. $30 per person plus HST
Carve your own heart stamp and create a hand-printed card for your loved ones! You will learn how to transfer a design to a soft rubber block and carve a custom stamp. The workshop will also cover how to select the correct ink and paper to print your design.

Block Printing on T-Shirts (Ages13+)
Sunday, March 15, 2 to 4 p.m. $30 per person plus HST
Wait one moment before you throw out that old t-shirt! This March Break, bring your tired T-shirt (or two!) and create a one-of-a-kind garment during this block printing workshop. You will be carving custom stamps and using fabric block printing inks to design and hand print your own patterns. These designs will last through the wash and for years to come!

Upcycle Your Wardrobe (Ages 13+)
Saturday, June 6, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $15 per person plus HST
Bring a neglected shirt from your closet and transform it into a one-of-a-kind garment! Together we will stitch a floral embroidery design onto your shirt. Learn techniques for upcycling your clothing and building a sustainable wardrobe through visible mending.

Essential Hand Embroidery Stitches (Ages 13+)
Saturday, September 12, 1 to 4 p.m. $20 per person plus HST
This introductory hand embroidery workshop will focus on five essential stitches that can be used on a variety of designs. Come and stitch a beautiful floral design and learn how to create an embroidery hoop from start to finish.

Pumpkin Hand Embroidery (Ages 13+)
Saturday, October 3, 1 to 4 p.m. $20 per person plus HST
Hand embroider a beautiful pumpkin design to celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween! We will cover beginner-friendly embroidery stitches and how to start and finish an embroidery hoop that you can display in your home.