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Zhawenim Designs partners with OCDSB to bring Indigenous beadwork into schools – The Fulcrum

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 2019101 Views

Beadwork used to teach students about mathematics, art, Indigenous culture

A recent partnership between Ottawa-based Indigenous artist Ashley-Rose Machendagoos and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is bringing Indigenous beadwork into the public school system.

Machendagoos is the founder and owner of Zhawenim Designs, a business that centres around beadwork. She has been doing beadwork since childhood and she taught herself how to bead on a loom three years ago. Her passion for Indigenous crafts like beading and dreamcatchers led her to a job at Beaded Dreams on Bank Street. After encouragement from patrons, she founded Zhawenim Designs.

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