Craft Parlour with Danny Kostyshin

Feb 17, 2024



Library, Western Front


11:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Craft Parlour was a series of six workshops on the intersection of craft-based artistic practices and writing led by artist-in-residence, Rebecca La Marre, alongside invited guests, and a working group of ten participants: Rosamunde Bordo, Amelia Butcher, Xinwei Che, Hannah Crosson, Sun Forest, Amy Gogarty, Chloë Lalonde, Christian Newby, Emiliano Sepulveda, and Julia Wong. The working group was assembled to attend each session and think, read, make, and play with the entanglement of text and material. Members of the working group also had the opportunity to present their own research during the workshops, and publish work in a digital publication produced at the conclusion of the project. 

For the fourth workshop, guest facilitator Danny Kostyshin discussed the history of his practice, his relationship to Western Front, and led a tea ceremony using a selection of his own ceramic pots.

Following this, working group members Rosamunde Bordo and Xinwei Che presented on their artistic practices.
Rebecca La Marre holds a ceramic box and a Muji pen. She sits at a table that is covered in papers and notebooks. She wears a black blazer over a black t-shirt, and copper snake earrings. Xinwei Che sits next to her and holds a small ceramic cup. She wears a long sleeve shirt and blue scarf.
Craft Parlour participants are seated around a wood table in the Western Front library. Various ceramic bowls are placed on the table.
Seated at a wooden table, Emiliano Sepulveda smiles while gazing down at a ceramic box he holds in his hands. He wears a blue button-up t-shirt with a woven geometric pattern down the centre. Danny Kostyshin sits next to him and gazes at the box. He wears a blue pinstripe button up.
Josephine Lee sits at a wood table and holds the base and lid of a ceramic box in either hand. She wears a taupe toque, glasses, and a red wool coat. Amelia Butcher sits next to her and smiles while gazing across the room. A podcast microphone is positioned on the table between them.
Hands hold a ceramic bowl with 2022 stamped into the side. The person wears gold rings and a clear spiral hair tie around their wrist.
Christian Newby holds a ceramic bowl up to a laptop that is open on a Zoom call. Christian wears glasses, a green ball cap and a brown striped shirt. His nails are painted various shades of red.
Rosamunde Bordo and Amy Gogarty sit next to each other at a wood table, each handling a different ceramic vessel.
Lauren Lavery sits at a wood table and holds a small yellow ceramic bowl, and a green pencil. She wears a green chore coat and her nails are painted blue.


Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.