A Felting Workshop ~ A Communal Art Project ~ An Exhibition


This January Learn Felting and Co-Create an Installation with Artist In Residence Isidora Spielmann

This is an invitation for you to explore your relationship with the landscape, the way it affects you, the way you interact with it and what you give in return.

Perhaps it will be a landscape from your childhood, one that affected your psyche and you still carry in your mind, or maybe the landscape you find yourself in, here and now. Landscape that has not been altered with concrete, that can still breathe its millennially long life, invites us to slow down and listen to the pulse of time from where our deepest voice can rise.

Two ways to participate:

~ Learn felting in 1 to 5 days of fibre-workshops.

~ Join as a self-directed artist, with the medium and discipline of your choice, to co-create an installation.


WORKSHOP DETAILS: Introduction to Felting for any skill level. Trained and untrained artists alike are invited to explore their familiar medium or dive into a new one. The workshop is geared toward creating a landscape with both wet and needle felting, then adding a three dimensional character to tell a story. Artists working in any medium are invited to join in an installation that is communally conceived.

Sign up for one or more days. There is NO minimum or maximum requirement to participate. Pick and choose which days you would like to participate.

Day #1: Wet felting a 2 or 3D landscape, laying the ground.

Day #2: Adding to the piece with embroidery, beading and 2D needle felting.

Day #3: Needle felting a sculptural piece. i.e., bird, animal, human …

Days #4 + 5: If you plan to make either a larger piece or want to explore more felting techniques (Nuno, fabric making …)

WHEN: Project begins January 10, 2023 // Workshop runs Wednesday, 25 January through Sunday, 29 January, 2023 // Exhibition of all works on 24 & 25 February

WHERE: Main & Station Nonesuch Gallery, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia



By Donation.


Bring your own materials or buy [wool, yarn, fleece, …] at cost on site. Isidora will have fibre arts tools to share.


Please email [email protected] to sign up. Include your full name and contact information as well as the days you would like to attend. We will confirm by email along with necessary workshop information.


Isidora Spielmann is a multifaceted fibre artist, custom and costume designer, schooled and certified in Vienna, Austria. She has been responsible for the costumes and soft props for several smaller theatre productions and shows. Her original works have been included in art shows and fine craft galleries across Canada. Isidora teaches Fibre Arts to all ages and abilities. Visit Isidora’s website https://www.isidoraspielmann.com

Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! 

Join us for a Live Performance and Multimedia art installation by the LA LA Art Collective (Tina Lam and Mark Andrews).

Tina and Mark have been Nonesuch Artists in Residence since late July 2022 and will be sharing their work with the public on 3 September, 2022 from 6 – 8pm in the Main & Station secondfloor Gallery at 168 Main St, Parrsboro (the old Post Office).

Reception: Saturday, 3 September, 2022 from 6-8 PM

Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! explores spiritual and mythic instances of celestial navigation in the Universe and the challenge to physical and philosophical Cosmology in grappling with what “happens” or what “is” as time is extrapolated backwards to zero. “Bang” refers to the Big Bang Theory, popularized in the Nobel Prize-winning work of Wilson and Penzias, and satirized in the long-running television sit-com, The Big Bang Theory.

Tina sediments the instance of the Cosmic Canoe in her sculptural work. The Canoe comes to Earth among two large multimedia works by Mark. He will read from his inaugural prose-poem one-act play, which is the title of the exhibition and performance. Listeners will be treated to a spiritual smorgasbord of “paddler god” scenes (stories) that begin with a poetic narration of the geological origins of the Minas Basin and the launching of “three old canoes” into the Fundy waters. Many of the scenes will be accompanied by human-audible sounds of the Universe and a selection of planets, moons and extraterrestrial objects. The sounds are courtesy of the European Space Agency and NASA. Tina will interpret Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! as a live performance.

Mark Andrews is an artist, scientist and writer who lives in Montreal. He creates large scale multi media works exclusively on paper. His works often concern the evanescence of voice, the transformation of Place and the mutability of identity. These subjects are resolved in transcultural Place-Naming stories, burial mounds, geoglyphs, mourning rituals, star maps, documentation of archaeological sites, skeletal remains of spirit creatures, and illustrations derived from origin stories.

Tina Lam is an artist-scientist-wanderer who creates sculptures, land-art interventions and multimedia installations. Growing up culturally uprooted, she has been pondering about what it means to exist, to belong, in a universe teaming with primordial, interconnected forces. Her work explores notions of transformation – both physical and metaphorical – and cosmology through the relationship between the human and the beyond-human; the melding of the personal with the scientific, the industrial with the natural, the mind with the body.

SCROLL DOWN or SEE HERE https://hmsnonesuch.com/papier-mache-workshop-create-a-spirit-mask-to-accompany-the-cosmic-canoe/ to find out how your work could be part of this show!

Papier-Mache workshop: Create a spirit mask to accompany the Cosmic Canoe

WHEN: Saturday, 27 August, 10am – 12 pm 

WHERE: The Nonesuch Centre (the former United Church), 171 Queen Street, Parrsboro 

COURSE FEE: By Donation

REGISTRATION: To sign up email [email protected]

As far back as 200 BCE in China, human beings have been creating sculptural objects through the technique of papier-mache. That technique of using simple means – paper, fabric or fibers mixed into glue, flour or rice paste – has endured throughout history, from across continents in Eurasia to South America, and continues today to be used to create art and craft objects.

A common thread that unites human beings across civilizations is the creation of ceremonial masks for special occasions and celebrations. Human beings have mused about the afterlife and a desire to commune with the realm of spirits since time immemorial. In some cultures, ceremonial masks are believed to act as mediators between the human and the spiritual world.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a mask made using the traditional technique of papier-mache and common household objects.

More specifically, in anticipation of the upcoming collaborative art exhibition, Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! by LA LA Art (Tina Lam and Mark Andrews), you will have the chance to donate a “spirit mask” of your creation to be integrated into a larger sculptural installation on view starting September 3rd, 2022.

The installation will be held at the Main and Station secondfloor Gallery (2nd Floor of the old Customs and Post Office Building). An opening reception with live performance will take place from 6-8PM, Saturday September 3rd in presence of the artists. See here for more information…https://hmsnonesuch.com/2022/08/24/bang-goes-the-cosmic-canoe/