Sensual Softies:
Storytelling with Soft Sculpture

Birdie (FKA Valentin Brown). Video still from "Welcome to my Regulated Body" (2021). Courtesy of the Artist.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Zoom
Instructor: Birdie (FKA Valentin Brown)

Join Birdie for an open crafting workshop exploring soft sculpture as part of multisensory artistic practice, and desiring disability and difference. Participants are invited to bring a craft project of any kind to work on while the artist explores tactile sculpture as part of accessible artistic practice. This workshop is free and held over Zoom. Click the button below to register.

About the Artist

Birdie (FKA Valentin Brown) is a practitioner of longing. Birdie searches for care and intimacy, practicing longing through notions of accessibility. Like artists and thinkers before her, she envisions disability and difference as transformative cultures that connect all our struggles, rather than things that are isolated only in the body. As an emerging multidisciplinary artist, Birdie creates multisensory, site-specific installations that are led primarily by audio descriptions in tandem with tactile sculpture.

Birdie has exhibited these installations as solo exhibitions at Tangled Art + Disability (2019), Art Gallery of Windsor (2022), and Centre[3] (2022). In 2023, she will present a new solo show at Hamilton Artists Inc. Birdie was a participant of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency (2019), the Centre[3] Emerging Artist Residency (2021), and was a 2020-22 artist-in-residence and gallery assistant at Hamilton Artists Inc.

This workshop is held alongside Welcome to my Regulated Body, Valentin’s culminating Emerging Artist Residency exhibition.