Indigenous Dyes & Fibres of Turtle Island

Two-part lecture with Q&A

June 1 | 11:30am – 1:30pm
Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre

Q&A Moderator: Riley Kucheranen, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. PhD Student, Communication & Culture, Ryerson & York universities, Indigenous Fashion Design, Rogers Fellow.

A two-part lecture featuring IFWTO workshop facilitators Carola Jones (Black Walnut Dyeing) and Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo Rug Weaving). Our presenters are masters in their own practices and carry generations of knowledge in dyeing and weaving. Carola and Barbara will introduce their teachings of traditional and sustainable materials for weaving and dyeing, including how culture, story and process inform these materials.

Carola Jones is Algonquin Deer Clan | North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora | SC Edisto/Gullah | FL Seminole. She is an art, design and technology teaching artist, writer, visual storyteller, Pow Wow dancer in love with creating coloUr on fabric and with a passion for modern quilting. Carola is a practicing studio artist exploring the concepts of place and memory as it relates to the Coastal Plains and Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her goal is to share stories and traditions associated with textiles of Indigenous Algonquin NC Tuscarora and SC Edisto/Gullah people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton.

Barbara Teller Ornelas is best known for her Navajo tapestry weavings and is a Master Navajo weaver, (120 – 126 weft threads per inch). She has set several records with her weavings: she has won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market twice; she set a new record in 1987 by selling a weaving for $60,000 that she and her sister Rosann Lee made; and she wove the largest tapestry-style Navajo weaving on record. Barbara is a fifth-generation weaver who was raised near Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation, where her father was a trader. She has been featured in National Geographic, Business Week, Americana and Native Peoples magazines,
as well as many books. She has won dozens of awards, and has demonstrated and lectured at many museums and institutions around the world. She recently participated in a cultural exchange with Peruvian weavers at the
request of the US State Department and has traveled to Uzbekistan and Krynkistan as a Navajo cultural ambassador.