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March madness, indeed!

Special offsite workshops in Bio-Sonification at York’s Maker Fair,  University of Toronto and InterAccess (sign up for the InterAccess workshop fast– space has almost filled!)

My 3-month residency begins March 15th at MOCA Toronto. This residency enables my work with mycelium of various strains, explorations with bio-plastic, 3D printing and augmented reality to move forward. More concerning this residency can be found on my personal website, and a dedicated website will be online soon. This website; Alien Agencies Collective will document all of the Collective’s work during our time with MOCA and the OSC as well as future projects.

April workshops! Look for other workshop offerings under our Metal, Bio-Art, Glass menu headings!


Insect Spreading workshop

 Learn how to spread moths/butterflies and beetles. Thursday evening, April 25th. Class  starts at 7pm In this class, students will learn about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colours will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount (or similar) for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects. As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount (or similar) display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces.