Demo and talk: 2–3:30 p.m.
Hands-on workshop: 3:30–5 p.m.
Presenter: Nadine Matishak and volunteers
Come and learn the process of how to turn flax into linen in this hands-on demo. It is part of a project that aims at empowering children in their learning journey and bringing back into our culture a much needed awareness of where we come from and understanding the necessary labour involved in textile crop cultivation that used to be a vital part of life.
The Whole Dyslexic Society, in partnership with EartHand Gleaners Society, has offered a group of six children the opportunity to learn how to grow, harvest and prepare flax for spinning and dyeing. With the flax they have grown they will demonstrate the processing steps involved to take flax from straw to soft fine line linen. The children will showcase their projects and discuss the various skills they have learned: spinning, weaving, papermaking, drawing and dyeing. Interaction with the local community and community at large gives the children the opportunity to be both leaders and teachers and builds self-esteem.
As society reconnects with creative hobbies in this technical world, weaving and spinning are gaining popularity. It is critical to relearn what and how to grow, how to spin and weave and how to sew.
Prairie-born artist/designer Nadine Matishak graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion design in 1995. "In my final year, I was inspired by jewelry and challenged the traditional ways of making clothing. By using repeat patterns I created fabrics out of semi-precious stones and small industrial findings. With those fabric pieces, I created my wearable art designs." It was a great success and her collection was shown in fashion shows, magazines and the film industry.
Becoming a mother changed Nadine’s focus and direction and she poured her creative energy into her children: "I really had to let go of my pre-conceived notions of design, as the children continually surprised me with solutions I never would have thought of."
When the opportunity presented itself to "grow linen fabric" through EartHand Gleaners Society in 2018, Nadine jumped at the chance to weave together her love for gardening with her artistic pursuits. In the spring of 2019, Nadine brought this knowledge and experience to North Shore children with the assistance of Sharon Kallis and the Earthand Gleaners Society.