Creativity Unleashed | Vèvè Painting with Mahalia Stines
Haiti Cultural Exchange is pleased to launch a new workshop series for adults!
Creativity Unleashed will offer individuals hands-on workshops led by Haitian and Haitian-American artists. Using both traditional and artist-developed techniques, participants will create original works and gain first-hand knowledge from artists about their craft.
Workshops will range from traditional interpretations of Haitian art such as exploring the vèvè and sequin art to poetry & performance.
Delve into an exploration of Haitian culture and unleash your creativity. Register TODAY!
Courses recommended for ages 17+ unless otherwise noted.
Workshop Dates: Saturdays – February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14 from 1 – 3:30pm.
Workshop Fee: $30.00 (includes workshop materials). A minimum of 10 people must register for workshops to take place.
Workshops will take place at the HCX Office located at 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY Map
March 8 : Vèvè Painting with Mahalia Stines
Vèvès are religious visual symbols that represent the many lwas (spiritual ancestors) of Haitian Vodou. Typically simple line drawings, vèvès are found commonly woven throughout traditional and contemporary Haitian art. Join HCX as participants learn different techniques such as stamping, spraying, and stenciling to create their own vèvè painting. Teaching artist Mahalia Stines will explain the different lwas and their associated vèvès while participants depict the vèvè of their choosing on totes and t-shirts.
Mahalia Stines is a Haitian-American designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She describes her work as “Brooklyn meets the Tropics.” Creative Director and Designer for her store “Manny’s Sister”, Stines introduces vèvès into her interesting and colorful accessories to fit anyone’s personality and style, tying spirituality to fashion. Stines believes that “what we wear should [tell more] about who we are than the size of our bank accounts.”