Discover the designs and the techniques of traditional bead embroidery as you work with Ojibwe cultural specialist Marcie McIntire to sew and decorate a pair of moccasins. Marcie will teach the steps required for assembly and help you design a pattern to finish your moccasins with beaded embroidery using quality tanned deer hide.
Participants will design a pair of moccasins to make by standing on a piece of paper and tracing their own foot. Please send the tracing at least 10 days in advance to:
Marcie McIntire PO Box 245 Grand Portage, MN 55605 or fax it to Grand Portage Community Center at 218-475-2654, attention: Marcie McIntire.
Registration closes January 29, 2019. Native artist workshops are free to Native American artists as part of Plains Art Museum’s Creativity Among Native Artists initiative (contact email@example.com for more information), but all participants will still need to register. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop, including the fabric, interfacing, beads, needles, and thread. A light lunch will also be included on February 9 and February 10.
Marcie McIntire learned beadworking by watching her mother Ellen B. Olson. Many of Marcie's relatives have also been beadworkers, and beadwork is widely practiced on Grand Portage reservation, where for generation after generation it has enriched the lives of Ojibwe people. Today McIntire is a traditional artist specializing in floral-based Ojibwe beadwork and operating her own gallery, Ningii-Ozhitoomin Ojibwe Art Gallery, in Grand Portage. McIntire has been commissioned for exhibitions and instruction and teaches as far away as Arizona and Florida, and as close to home as Ontario and throughout Minnesota.