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ArtMEETS: Natural Dyeing
Facilitator: Kiran Gill
Saturday, July 30th, 2022 | 1-4PM
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse | 450 Broadview Avenue
Cost: $10-$50 PWYC | Register on Eventbrite


Explore Milk Paint Printing!

Learn how to create inks from natural materials like onion skins, leaves, tree bark, minerals, roots, mushrooms, berries, charcoal, and nuts. These natural inks can be ‘painted’ onto cotton fabric to create fun designs and patterns, and once dried, the printed fabric is safe to wash and use. Participants will also leave with milk-paint so they can continue their experiments at home!


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Kiran P. Gill (he/they/she) is a Malaysian-Canadian textile artist and student of craft and labour history based in Brampton, Ontario. He was born in Subang Jaya, Malaysia to an Irish-Canadian mother and Punjabi Sikh father. Kiran researches textile consumption and the historic and ongoing relationship between textile production and exploitative labour practices, imperialism, and the environment.

His artistic practice centres pre-industrial, culture-specific textile traditions within the scope of natural dyeing, weaving, yarn spinning, and quilting. With his work, he seeks to reconsider the material cultures of his ancestors within new contexts, combining Eastern and Western traditions. A Canada Council grant recipient, he was an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós, Iceland (May 2022) and in Winter 2023 will be in residence at Rimbun Dahan in Selangor, Malaysia.

Kiran is currently working part-time on his BFA in Material Art and Design (Textiles) at OCAD University and a 6-year part-time Spinning Certificate program with OHS and Fleming College.


Each ArtMEETS workshop will cost $10-$50 per person to attend (on a sliding scale of Pay What You Can). Payment is to be made online at the time of registration, which will be done via Eventbrite. Payments through Eventbrite can be made with any major credit card, or through PayPal. If you are unable to pay online, we also accept cash or cheque, which is to be paid before the day of your workshop. If you need to pay with cash or cheque, or you would like assistance through the payment process, please contact East End Arts at

If you are not able to attend an ArtMEETS workshop that you’ve registered for, specifically if you are feeling unwell, please let us know as soon as possible and we will be happy to issue you a refund, or offer you a spot at an upcoming ArtMEETS workshop, if and where possible. You may also feel free to transfer your ticket to a friend! If you’re transferring your spot to another person, be sure to email them your ticket or hand it to them personally, and let East End Arts know in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require financial assistance, please contact EEA’s Office Coordinator Tyler, at Nobody will be denied participation due to lack of funds, but please note that there will be high demand to participate in this program, so if you require financial assistance, please reach out early!



Participant & staff safety are of utmost importance to East End Arts and will be a priority during the program! Please note the following:

  • Following Ontario public health guidelines, visitors to our Clubhouse are not required to produce proof of vaccination to enter. Enhanced cleaning routines will remain in place in our space, and East End Arts does require all employees, facilitators, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please postpone your visit to our Clubhouse, and let us know about your absence as soon as you’re able.
  • Following Ontario public health guidelines, masks are no longer mandatory inside our Clubhouse, however we continue to operate a mask-friendly space, and we welcome all visitors, employees and volunteers to wear them.
  • We continue to ask all of our participants and visitors to practice social distancing, when and where possible.
  • Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available on site for anyone who needs them.
  • We have a fully accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on site.


We encourage ArtMEETS participants to take public transit when and where possible! There are several TTC routes that will easily get you to our Clubhouse:
  • The closest subway station is Broadview station.
  • The closest bus is the 505 Dundas, which will drop you off at Broadview Ave/Langley Ave.
  • The closest streetcars are the 504 King, which will drop you off at Broadview Ave/Langley Ave, or the 506 College, which will drop you off at Gerrard St. East/Broadview Ave.
  • There are bike rings out front to accommodate your bike if you choose to cycle to the Clubhouse.

Please note that there is no public parking available at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse. Metered parking is available on the surrounding residential streets. Be sure to read the posted street signs to avoid being ticketed or towed. Also note that there are paid parking lots at Bridgepoint Hospital (down the street from us).


Outside of a positive attitude and a readiness to get creative and have fun, you may also want to bring a water bottle (we will have tap water available as an alternative), a face mask if you need one (we will also have some on site if you need a disposable one), and your smart device so you can share images and tag us during your experience (we will reshare!)

Have additional questions? Email us at!

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