Monday, October 29, 2012

Two ICH Workshops - Pillow Tops and Memory Maps!

This November, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is offering two workshops related to intangible cultural heritage:

November 3, 2012 - Weaving in the Woods with Elizabeth Murphy
November 10, 2012 - Making Memory Map with Marlene Creates

Weaving in the Woods: Recreating a Lumberman’s Pastime with Elizabeth Murphy
Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012
1pm - 4pm
Cochrane Street United Church
Registration fee: $20

What are pillow tops? Woven with wool on wooden frames, these Newfoundland textiles were traditionally crafted by lumber camp workers to be gifted to their sweethearts or sewn onto pillows, used as throws or even placemats. Today this handcrafted tradition is being carried on by Elizabeth Murphy of the Burin Peninsula. She grew up in a house where crafting pillow tops was a winter pastime and learned to make them from her parents in the early 1960s. This is a skill which she has gone on to teach for several years.

Making Memory Maps with Marlene Creates
Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2012
1pm - 4pm
MMaP Gallery, Arts and Culture Centre
Registration fee: $20

Memory maps are subjective drawings based on personal experience in, and perception of, a specific lived place. This is a device Marlene Creates has used in her teaching and in her own artwork for over 30 years. Drawing memory maps can help you remember, record, interpret, investigate, and communicate both present and lost attributes of local places and everyday life –– ones not normally registered in the larger historical record. This is an excellent device to stimulate conversation for anyone doing oral history research.

For more information on both workshops please visit
Pre-registration is required for both workshops. To register, please contact:

Nicole Penney
Heritage Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador
nicole@heritagefoundation.ca709-739-1892 ext 6

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