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Gathering // Sewing workshop with Augatnaaq Eccles
Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families (230 McArthur Avenue, Vanier)
May 12 - May 13, 2022
Augatnaaq Eccles and a student hard at work. Photo by Julien Beale.
Learning to sew a children's parka with Augatnaaq Eccles
Artist Augatnaaq Eccles will lead lead Inuit youth in a two-day workshop to sew children’s parkas. In the wonderful CUAG exhibition Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads at Qatiktalik, which featured a beautiful japak sewn by Augatnaaq, curator Krista Ulujuk Zawadski traced a dynamic genealogy of Inuit sewing legacies.
In this workshop, Augatnaaq will introduce some of these techniques to students at Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families.
This workshop is part of Gatherings, a series of in-person summer events organized by CUAG. It takes place on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory.
Augatnaaq Eccles (@augatnaaqdesigns) was born and raised in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), Nunavut. She is an undergraduate student in History and English at Carleton University and plans to attend teacher’s college. She started sewing at 18 and now works with Martha Kyak, whose mentorship and knowledge have allowed her to improve her sewing skills and gain experience sewing in a professional setting.
Augatnaaq’s works are primarily inspired by the parkas her anaanatsiaq lovingly made for her and her siblings. Sewing allows Augatnaaq to connect with her culture and feel close to home, while also serving as a way to explore her creativity.