with Rihab Essayh

October 1, 2022, 12–2pm
Free + in-person program
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Slow down, settle in.

Slow Stitching is a public program focused on sewing and mending by hand. Join Rihab Essayh for an introduction course in restorative practices. Discover just how simple, soothing, and creative hand sewing can be. In this in-person workshop, you’ll be able to play with a range of fabrics, textures and techniques. Drawing from her artistic practice, Rihab breaks down the basics of sewing that you need for mending or sewing garments back to life; from threading your needle to stitching delicate fabrics.
All levels welcome!


Image: Rihab Essayh, A Soft Landing, 2022, installation shot | Courtesy of the artist

Rihab Essayh

Rihab Essayh is a Canadian-Moroccan interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale, immersive installations create spaces of slowing down and softening. Her research considers issues of isolation and disconnection in the digital age, imagining futurities of soft-strength and social reconnection by proposing a heightened attunement to colour, costume, tactility and sound. She obtained her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2017 and her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2022. Essayh has exhibited work at Conseil des Art de Montréal, La centrale Powerhouse, Fofa Gallery, Never Apart, Art Souterrain festival, The plumb, Artscape Gilbraltar and at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Union Gallery thanks the Provost's Advisory Committee on the Promotion of the Arts at Queen's University for supporting of longing and songbirds and affiliated programming through the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund.

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Image: Close-ups of Rihab Essayh's studio process | Photos: Courtesy of artist


of longing and songbirds
Rihab Essayh

Main Space
October 4 – December 10, 2022

of longing and songbirds
Open Preview
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