Mocassins and Felted Vests Heritage Arts Workshops

Multiple-day Workshops for adults | pre-registration required

Experts in moccasin making and felt design will be at the Galt Museum & Archives in early June and August to lead the in-depth Heritage Arts Workshops — a hands-on series for adults exploring arts with cultural and historical significance.

“Heritage arts classes are a chance to deepen your historical knowledge of a treasured craft,” says Leslie Hall, Community Program Coordinator for the Galt. “These classes are rare opportunities to get started in a hobby you’ve always wanted to try, or deepen your knowledge of an existing skill.”

Moccasins with Yvonne Jobin

Thu-Fri JUN 06-07 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm| must pre-register by MAY 26

$250/person, includes materials | max. 15 participants | no experience required

Yvonne Jobin, Cree First Nations originally from High Prairie and now living in Calgary, is dedicated to preserving and teaching her culture through the arts. She will teach you how to make your choice of traditional Cree or Plains style mocassins. Using the authentic materials of her ancestors, Yvonne’s considerable knowledge of traditional native culture and spirituality is reflected in her work: whether for traditional use, collectors, museums or major motion pictures, it embodies a respect for the gift of nature.

Simple & Seamless Felt Vests  with Jorie Johnson

Fri-Sun AUG 09-11 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | must pre-register by JUL 31

$300 + $50 materials fee/person | max. 12 participants | some felting experience required

A unique, informative and practical exploration of wool, hand felt making, vest design, form and function conducted by Jorie Johnson, an internationally celebrated artist, designer and maker who lives in Kyoto, Japan. Johnson’s innovative expression of the 8,000-year-old central-Asian technique of felt making and the influences of Japanese culture are clearly visible in her work; she combines rich colours and layering techniques with materials such as silk, rayon, and mohair. Johnson teaches felt making techniques and exhibits her contemporary feltworks in galleries, shops, and museums around the world. This is her only workshop in Canada this year.

Minimum registration numbers are required to run each program, and participants are asked to bring a bag lunch for each day of their workshop. To register, call 403.320-3954, or for online registration visit

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