Love Letter to Self: Fictional Self-Portraiture Through Drawing (online workshop)

Love Letter to Self: Fictional Self-Portraiture Through Drawing
Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Day Time
**Online on Zoom
on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
by the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in collaboration with WePress

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All levels welcome and encouraged.
This event is free.
Donations are welcome.

About the workshop
Through this workshop we will be learning a few tips and tricks to start drawing self-portraits. Self-portraits are a tool to create our own representations and through fiction we will have an opportunity to reimagine ourselves in ways that reality can’t. We will be taking in consideration the context in which we live, the things that we like and the community that surrounds us. How can we draw ourselves without drawing our bodies? We will be re-imagining our bodies as plants, animals, food and anything that we can imagine. Everyone has a unique way of drawing and through this workshop we will learn to embrace our voice and traces. All levels of experience are welcome. This is an opportunity to give a love letter to our bodies and minds for taking us this far in life!


Supplies you need
You need access to paper and any drawing tools (pencils, pens, markers, charcoal, etc).


About the artist

semillites hernández velasco (he/they) is a trans and brown visual artist and printmaker based in “vancouver”, on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. semillites was born in mexico city in 1995, at the age of nineteen he immigrated north. semillites comes from a family of campesinos (peasants) in central méxico and he tries to put his ancestors’ teachings in his artworks. semillites’ artwork aims to be imperfect, brown, trans, sincere, with a deep love for colors and collective work. semillites’ mediums range from drawing to textile art, music and graphic design or anything that he can learn. they see all of their artwork as love letters to himself and every person, flower and grasshopper that has ever crossed their path.