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DC-3 Yarn Bomb Sewing Bee

DC-3 Yarn Bomb Sewing Bee

The Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective and a wonederful crew of local volunteers have been busy sewing together the yarn bomb for the DC-3.  You're invited to help sew a little or a lot or just stop by to see how the project is going. 

To learn more about the project, please check out Yarn Bomb Yukon's blog, twitter and facebook for all the updates.


Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall: Northern Fibres Guild

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall: Northern Fibres Guild

Curious about the fibre arts? Interested in knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, dying textiles or sewing?  Or would you like to learn new fibre arts skills?

Whether you want to improve your existing skills or learn new ones, this is the place.  Please join us for a talk and demonstration from the Northern Fibres Guild.  Guild members will be demonstrating weaving, spinning, silk painting, felting etc.  The talk will focus on the history of the guild, the resources it offers to the community, membership and volunteer opportunities. 

The mandate of the Northern Fibres Guild is to support members in increasing their skills and to provide support and education to the public regarding the fiber arts.

The Northern Fibres Guild Meets on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding June, July, August), at 7pm at B2-302 Steele Street in downtown Whitehorse. New members are always welcome.

Photo by Douglas Drake

What is Performance Art? - Lori Blondeau knows

What is Performance Art? - Lori Blondeau knows

The Lonely Surfer Squaw (1997-)

Curious about performance art? Want to add performance to your art practice? Stop by the Old Fire Hall Sunday evening, Feb 12, 7pm, for a talk on performance art by Lori Blondeau.   Lori will give a talk on how she uses performance art in her practice and show images and video of her past work. 

Check out the Canadian Art  article:  Scandalous Personas, Difficult Knowledge, Restless Images - The work of Lori Blondeau  by Lynne Bell

Artist Statement  

The images of the Indian Princess and Squaw have had a significant impact on societies’ perception of Indian women and serve as inspirations for most of my work. Surprisingly, we still see popularized images of the Indian Princess being created by both native and non-native people. You can find these products being sold in Indian Museums and souvenir shops across North America. These are testament to the general public’s idealized perception of beautiful Native women as being exotic and hard to find – virtually non-existent. The other side of the Indian Princess is, of course, the squaw – another of societies’ iconic scapegoats meant to desensitize both the general public’s view of Indian women (their political, historical and social issues as well), and the self perception among Native women themselves.
My work explores the influence of popular media and culture (contemporary and historical) on Aboriginal self-identity, self-image, and self-definition. I am currently exploring the impact of colonization on traditional and contemporary roles and lifestyles of aboriginal women. I deconstruct the images of the Indian Princess and the Squaw and reconstruct an image of absurdity and insert these hybrids into the mainstream. The performance personas I have created refer to the damage of colonialism and to the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.


Born and raised in Saskatchewan where she is member of the George Gordon First Nation Lori Blondeau draws from her family history in the scripting and design of her campy, satirical, performance art productions. Blondeau’s stage persona ‘Belle Sauvage’ is loosely based on Indigenous women who performed in Wild West shows and Vaudeville acts in the early 20th century, and spoofing the 50’s film  Calamity Jane, in which Doris Day performed as a cross-dressing, gender-bending white cowgirl. Blondeau’s performance art remix of the
  Wild West presents a post-colonial reading of the narratives of Hollywood white pop culture. In her work she addresses the importance of maintaining one’s identity and beliefs as a First Nations person, and living and working in mainstream society. Blondeau confronts and co-opts conventional stereotypes in her pointed and disarmingly humorous take on contemporary art and society. In addition to her active exhibition career Lori Blondeau is the former director of Tribe, a First Nations arts organization in Saskatoon. Through this organization and related activities she is in close contact with the Indigenous art communities in Canada and the US. Most recently she has relocated to Pauma Valley, California.

Admission is by donation.

This presentation has been made possible thanks to the Yukon School of Visual Arts' Visiting Aboriginal Artists Program.  For more information about this program, please contact info @

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall – Helen O’Connor – February 3  at 5:30

Yukon visual artist, Helen O'Connor, makes handmade paper to create sculptural works of art, assemblages and installations. Helen's work is process informed, influenced by her Canadian/Irish heritage, relationships and the wilderness surrounding her home. Her talk will introduce an array of international paper artists as well as the development of her own work over 20 years highlighting work developed during her recent travels and residency on the Orkney Islands and the north coast of Scotland, June 2010. Come out to learn about the specialized medium of hand papermaking in an international context.

A hands-on demonstration of oriental hand papermaking will follow slide show and talk.

Infant and Toddler Moccasin Making Workshop

Infant and Toddler Moccasin Making Workshop

We are pleased to offer an infant and toddler moccasin making class. Once you complete this class you'll have a great pair of moccains for the litte one in your life or to give away as a gift that will be cherished.  You will learn the basics of beaded design,  beading, and sewing with leather and fur.

Instructor Shelby Blackjack will be offering a 3 day lesson on how to create your very own unique handmade moccasins for infants and toddlers from Jan 22-24, 2012 at the Old Fire Hall 1105 1st Ave  Whitehorse,

Jan 22 from 10-6
Jan 23 from 6-9
Jan 24 from 6-9

Total cost $100 including materials.

Please RSVP as there is limited space.
Contact Jessica, 393 7109 or

Here are some images of the adult version of the class.  The design will be the same - just minature