October Workshops at the T.E.S.T Gallery Space

Join Jaycow Saturday, October 21st at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery space for a workshop in working with Thermoplastic!
This material has incredible potential. A high tech material used in the medical industry, this form of Thermoplastic is just now being explored
by artists/makers looking for a new material that can yield fairly instant organic shapes, sculptural forms. It can be spray painted, brush painted
sewn/wired onto other materials, cut, rolled. Worked into weavings, paintings, jewellery, sculpture, and unique headwear.

Saturday, Oct 21st 12pm start - $155pp  
Seats are limited, reserve yours here (short link):http://wp.me/P3U9AI-14a

Jaycow started her millinery journey in the London College of Fashion in 2004. She also trained with Rose Cory, Royal Milliner to the late Queen Mother.
With a great passion for millinery, Jaycow has travelled the world attending millinery events; The International Millinery Forum, Hats of to Melbourne, Hats off to Brisbane and Millinery Meet Up to learn from well known, experienced milliners.
Considered a pioneer of millinery in Hong Kong, introducing the craft of bespoke millinery to the Hong Kong fashion scene in 2005. Jaycow was one of very few milliners to work in Hong Kong, creating bespoke hats for a city where one might not expect to find so many millinery enthusiasts. Such an unusual profession in an unexpected city meant that Jaycow achieved a kind of industry status as the go-to person for hats. Her designs have crowned the heads of famous pop music icons,
actors, socialites, brides and fashionistas in Hong Kong, Japan, USA, China and the UK.
Now based in Toronto, Jaycow enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with other like-minded enthusiasts through special workshops.
She has taught workshops in Hong Kong, USA, Australia and China and now in Toronto!

Wilder Duncan's Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop

Reserve your seats with a deposit of $135 (class fee $270)  
In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, "lifelike" bat skeleton posed in a tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display.
Workshops taking place:
Thursday evening, Oct 12 6:30pm start
Saturday afternoon, Oct 14 12pm start
Sunday afternoon, Oct 15 12pm start 
Reserve your seat here with a deposit-  http://nanopod.tv/skeleton-articulation-workshop

Elvis & Frida sugar skulls by, Rio Valdez 

Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Making Workshops!

October 28 & 29th come make and decorate sugar skulls for Halloween and our                      Day of the Dead ofrenda!  $20pp 13yrs on up! $10 per child 12 – 5yrs*
Everyone is welcome to join the fun! Learn how to make and decorate Mexican sugar skulls. Learn about Dia de los Muertos festivities and the Ofrenda. How to construct sugar skulls will be demonstrated. Adding foils, paper flowers & icing will be demonstrated. Participants will then decorate their sugar skulls using Royal icing, metallic foils and more!  Fun for the whole family!  Workshops start at 12pm Saturday and Sunday. Green chile/corn tamales, tacos, chips & various salsas, churros, horchata and more (so, don’t eat lunch beforehand!) * children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween may be on Oct. 31, but there’s another spooky date on the calendar directly after: “Dia de los Muertos.”  -from ibtimes.com
Now celebrated in countries around the world, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a two-day holiday which originated in Mexico to remember deceased loved ones. It’s a Mexican national holiday and the country’s largest celebration of the year, but Dia de los Muertos extends well beyond to Guatemala, Brazil, Spain and Mexican-American communities in the United States.
The observance is Nov. 1 and 2, coinciding with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Typically, the two-day celebration is divided into separate days to honor deceased youth, Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) on Nov. 1, and adults for Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2. In some beliefs, it is a three-day holiday beginning on Oct. 31, All Hallows Eve, when some believe the souls of young children arise at midnight.
Not to be confused with Halloween, this holiday has a rich history and involves more than dressing up in costumes or trick-or-treating.
On Dia de los Muertos, families gather to celebrate those who have died as well as build altars in their homes, schools or other public places to pay homage to the deceased. Many honor the dead with gifts of sugar skulls, chocolate, marigolds (the Mexican flower of death), sweetbreads and trinkets. Families also typically visit graves to deliver the ofrendas, or “offerings,” and hold vigils with candles and photos.
Dia de los Muertos can be traced back to the Aztecs who celebrated with a festival for the goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl, and the Catholic Spanish conquistadors’ All Saints’ and All Souls’ days. Scholars have noted the indigenous cultures of Mexico honor the Lady of the Dead, the modern La Catrina, which many recognize today as a skeleton woman wearing a fancy hat.

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