Location: 
Halifax  
Event

Felted Cat Workshop with Nancy Keating

Date Time: 
Saturday, 26 November 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Category: 
Special Events

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Are you a Maud Lewis fan? Have you ever wanted to try your hand at needle felting? Join fibre artist Nancy Keating for a workshop inspired by the iconic cat paintings of Maud Lewis. You will learn the technique of needle felting and create holiday ornaments including one inspired by Maud’s cats.

Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis (1901-1970) was best known for her bright and distinctive paintings, often with animals as the subject matter- especially her fluffy white and black cats. Visiting the Maud Lewis Gallery, participants will draw inspiration from her paintings, before creating a miniature Maud Lewis cat of their very own to take home!

Participants will learn the basic techniques of needle felting and get a chance to practice their skills by making a round ornament in the morning, followed by a visit to the Maud Lewis Gallery to see her paintings and painted house. In the afternoon, Nancy Keating will lead the group through making their very own little felted cat.

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About the Workshop

This is an all-day workshop, with a break for lunch. The price of the workshop is $125+hst, pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 16 and older. All materials and tools will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided, but lunch is not included. Some experience with textiles an asset, but not necessary. 

About the Artist

Born in Halifax, Nancy Keating holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and a Senior Graduate Diploma from the Banff School of Fine Arts, where she received both scholarships and an assistantship. Nancy also received a Progress Women of Excellence Award for her work in arts administration.

A juried member of Craft Nova Scotia, Nancy is a fibre artist who creates art from tiny bits of wool fleece using a technique called needle felting. Her work can be found in fine gift shops and galleries across Atlantic Canada and in Boston. In 2019, she received a Creative Industries Grant from the province of Nova Scotia and was invited to attend a cultural exchange to Boston where her work was juried by buyers from gift shops of the Boston and Philadelphia Fine Art Museums. Through workshops and lectures she continues to inspire and encourage a new generation of fibre artists.