Fern Pellerin is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in K’jipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia). They are a graduate of NSCAD University with a major in interdisciplinary arts and a minor in illustration and art history. Fern’s illustration and textile art practice is currently influenced by past experiences growing up LGBTQ+ and overcoming past hardships. They use their art practice as a way to look inward, heal and grow. They are inspired by comics and cartoons, nostalgia, dreams, memory and their own queer Romani identity.
Workshops and Activities
I am familiar with teaching queer memoir comics since that is the most recent workshop I have taught. I have taught various small textile workshops on simple darning techniques, various embroidery stitches and knots, as well as creating cardboard looms to teach children how to weave. I am also well-versed in general comic making, embroidery and rug hooking. While teaching in a school, I would be able to teach kids how to fold and create different zines and the basics of creating a comic page. I would also be able to teach them how to use a latch hook tool for rug making, how to darn holes in their clothing, as well as embroider on various fabrics. I would be able to give demonstrations, but also give historical context to comics and textiles, as well as historical and contemporary artists to look at for inspiration. I am also LGBTQ+ and Romani, so I would approach teaching with a focus on oral storytelling. I would discuss what my practice means to me and what art can mean for other people. I want to inspire kids to look inward and create art that fills them with pride and joy!
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4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Cartooning/Animation, Illustration, Other