Alex Mann

Alex Mann

Halifax
I am an embroidery and screen-printing artist currently living in Halifax. The foundation of my art practise has always been on the fundamentals of drawing, and exploring do-it-yourself methods with various media. I am a self-taught embroiderer, and learned screen printing in Toronto. I like to combine traditionally gloomy objects, such as skeletons, with a bit of humour to create something playful and unexpected, especially for media sometimes considered to be stuffy and old-fashioned like embroidery.
Workshops and Activities 
I believe it is very important for children to learn that being an artist does not necessarily mean going to art school, and that they already have a lot of the tools they need to be able to express themselves artistically. To explore this, I’d like to do a workshop based around making a booklet (or “zine”) and then working with the kids to illustrate it. This would be appropriate for a full class of students. Booklets can be assembled with just paper and a glue stick, or we can cover how to bind a booklet with a needle and thread. The booklet can contain a limerick or haiku that we write together as a class or individually, with one line on each page and an illustration for each line. The illustrations can be a mixture of drawing and block-printing using styrofoam. I would also love to do an embroidery workshop, helping the kids design a simple drawing to then embroider on a hoop. The type of imagery we design could be curated to the curriculum that they’re covering at the time: illustrating an element from something they’re reading, based on still-life drawings we do in the classroom, or left to their imagination. An embroidery workshop would have to be a smaller group, probably no more than 15 students, since they’ll need a little more individual guidance.
Contact this artist to start planning your project!
613 929 8456
Grade Levels 
4 – 6, 7 – 9
Areas of Expertise 
Textiles/Fabric, Drawing, Print Making