Katherine Boyer, Grandma is Collecting China (detail)seed beads on stroud cloth, 12" diameter, 2018

Master Classes

Master Class in Contemporary Beading Practice with Katherine Boyer

  • October 4, 2020 – November 15, 2020
  • Application Deadline: September 17, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • MAWA, 611 Main Street

Free to apply; $75 enrollment fee. For MAWA members of all genders. Application deadline: Thursday, Sept 17, 2020, at 4 pm. If finances are a barrier, please speak with MAWA staff.

Master Class in Contemporary Beading Practices with Katherine Boyer

Sundays, Oct 4, Oct 25 and Nov 15, 2020, 1-4 pm at MAWA
Free to apply; $75 enrollment fee

For MAWA members of all genders

If finances are a barrier, please speak with MAWA staff

Application deadline: Thursday, Sept 17, 2020, at 4 pm

In this master class, Katherine Boyer will explore meaning-making and object-making with traditional Indigenous beading techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to build upon pre-existing beading skills in a critically constructive environment, and develop and complete one beading project. There will be group discussions and one-on-one feedback at each meeting. You will be expected to devote significant time to your piece during the three weeks between each session, to advance your project. The outcome will be a conceptually cohesive piece that pushes the boundaries of contemporary beadwork practices.

Boyer is a leading Canadian Indigenous artist who integrates beading into her contemporary art practice. As a kick-off to the Master Class in Contemporary Beading Practices, Katherine Boyer will be presenting a free artist talk, online, open to everyone on Friday, October 2 at noon.

To apply, send a single PDF document labelled with your name and Master Class (i.e., Maria Garcia Master Class).

The PDF should contain:

  • a paragraph describing what you make and the ideas that drive your work
  • a paragraph describing why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to achieve through the Master Class
  • up to 8 recent images of things you have made, with titles and dimensions

Email your application to and put “Master Class 2020” in the subject line. If you are not already a member, please also submit a MAWA membership form and payment. Boyer will select a limited number of participants.

  • Katherine Boyer

    Katherine Boyer is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is focussed on methods bound to textile arts and the handmade, including fabric manipulation, papermaking, woodworking and beadwork. Boyer’s art and research are entrenched in Métis history, material culture and personal family narratives. Through the experience of long, slow and considerate laborious processes, Boyer contemplates the use of her own Métis body as a conduit for building upon ancestor relations and exploring notions of a mixed cultural identity. Boyer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art.

    Photo by Keegan Denty Photography