The Function of Function

By Nicole Bauberger

Diane Olsen
Dog Blanket
Beads, melton, wool, bells, ribbon, canvas
approx 24” x 24″
photo courtesy of Florence Moses

Some notes from a conversation with the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Sewing Group, transcribed and edited by Nicole Bauberger, and read back to the sewing group before publishing.

    The city of Whitehorse pursues its busy activities in the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre hosts this sewing group, which meets most Thursday nights. The sewing group often undertakes collective projects. They were assembling a large beaded panel for the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre podium when I dropped by to sew with them and write down this conversation.

    The sewing and beadwork artists whose voices you will hear in this article include Florence Moses, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun; Diane Olsen, First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun; Deb Enoch, White River First Nation; Darcy McDiarmid, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in; Karen Lepine, Carcross/Tagish First Nation; Amelie Druillet, French; and Ann Tayler, Anishinaabe.

Read the full article in the Fall/Winter 2018-19 issue of Studio Magazine.

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