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Thirsty Thursday

Reflections on Textile Printing in the Diaspora

Thirsty Thursdays’ at A/P: to quench your artsy thirst for community, and for learning tips, tricks and fresh perspectives on printmaking and print-related subjects.

During these informal educational events, A/P hosts a member of our print community for a time of knowledge sharing and community building while we celebrate all things printmaking over tasty soda, coffee and tea from some favourite local businesses!

Coming up on Thursday, June 15, 2023: Setting up a Home Studio as a Printmaker Speaker: Skye LouisDate: June 15, 2023Time: 7 – 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)Registration Fee: $12 (toward speaker fees, refreshments, and light snacks)

Advance registration is required to adhere to fire codes, and can be done by visiting


The history of dyes and printing is also a story of people, plants and places. The land we live on shapes our culture, and craft technologies are intimately tied to the geographies and ecologies they arise from. So what happens to these traditions when we leave our homelands? Skye is part of the Goan diaspora, studying textile printing traditions of the South Asian subcontinent. How might artists engage with traditional print practices and knowledge in a way that is authentic, accountable, and adaptive? Is it possible to apprentice with plants? What do we gain or lose when we practice our artforms in a diasporic context?

Some topics that Skye will cover in this informal talk include:

  • Demo of immersion dyeing of mordant printed cloth
  • Discussion around craft traditions, land, and cultural transmission

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Speaker Bio

Skye is a community-based printmaker and arts educator and frequently collaborates with local organizations. Skye focuses on making complex ideas and skills accessible through hands-on, interactive learning. Skye is a member of CADA’s Artist As Changemaker cohort and Alberta Printmakers.

Reflecting on Textile Printing in the Diaspora with Skye Louis | June 15 from 709pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) | Sharing Printing Tips & Local Sips!

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