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Naomi Smith

Naomi is a Native Artisan and Educator. An early awareness of her First Nations heritage forged a strong interest in Native American beadwork, adornment and textiles. She is actively involved in educating others about the ways of the First Nations people of the Woodlands and Northeastern area from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads. For over 15 years Naomi has designed and created traditional Native Beadwork, Leather craft, Moose Hair Embroidery, Quill work, Sweetgrass or birch bark basket making and adornment, always valuing these Sacred materials throughout her creative process.

Artists Statement:

Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for art in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work.”

Upcoming Events

September 2017
Cdn $50.00 +Kit fee: $35, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Woodlands Quillwork Card Case

September 23 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Naomi Smith

Course outline: This workshop with Naomi Smith explores working with porcupine quills and birch bark to create a design using the ages old insertion technique. Participants will learn about quill safety, how to take care of natural materials through traditional Woodlands teachings. This is session is recommended for mature participants only. It is not an acceptable activity for youth or children given the nature of quills. This design can be adapted to suit different functions such as a needle case…

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How to Register:

  • You may register by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment or a deposit is required in advance for registration.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be 18 years or older in order to be able to take any of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.