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Makers at the Museum: Victorian Art of Mourning

Presented by:

The City of Ottawa

Learn to make sculptural flower art using hair with artist Cindy Stelmackowich. This workshop will explore Victorian mourning traditions, including hair wreaths and jewelry. While it might seem macabre today, the practice of weaving the hair of a loved one into intricate pieces of art was considered both sentimental and fashionable in the19th century and was part of a wider trend toward public demonstrations of mourning inspired by Queen Victoria.

Ages 16 and up.


Billings Estate National Historic Site

2100 Cabot St.
Ottawa, ON K1H 6K1