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Terrarium Making Workshop

June 17, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

$40 – $60

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Cost: $60/person
Friends of the BSM: $40/person
When: Saturday, June 17 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Length: 1.5 hours total
Where: Footprints Lecture Room at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W.)

In celebration of our upcoming exhibition In Bloom: Flowers and Footwear, the Bata Shoe Museum is excited to host terrarium making workshops with Alexandra Vella from Alexscapes! Celebrate nature by inviting a small piece of it into your home. In this workshop, participants will be able to make their very own terrarium inspired by wabi-sabi, the Japanese tradition of finding beauty in imperfection, impermanence and change.
Participants are welcome to bring their own plants to incorporate into their terrarium if they wish.


Please present your ticket at the Front Desk upon arrival.

This workshop will take place in-person in Footprints at the Bata Shoe Museum (located on the ground level). All materials and equipment will be provided. Each ticket includes admission to the museum. Please arrive 5-15 minutes prior so that the workshop can begin on schedule. Limited spots available. If you no longer can attend and would like to request a refund, please email info@batashoemuseum.ca


Alexandra Vella

Based in Toronto, Alexscapes is driven by the natural world and aims to recreate its most inspiring elements in the home — Specializing in terrariums and aquascaping, Alex’s goal is to create a sense of peace and calm for people living in an urban landscape.

From Alex: So much of aquascaping is trying to manipulate the natural world, but we are always at the will of growth and the constantly changing evolution of nature. Nature itself is wabi sabi and beautifully imperfect. Wabi: to live a pared down life in tune with nature, while the fluid life of whatever is planted in it, exemplifies Sabi: or the passage of time. Showcasing terrarium plants within minimalist glass vessels embraces the imperfections of nature as a way to highlight the beauty in objects with history and life, appreciating the minor details and taking time to slow down. Bringing the beauty of nature into the home adds a life full of soul, and a beauty that celebrates the impermanence and the incomplete. It means living in a way that appreciates the beauty and the details of the mundane and encourages us to stop and appreciate the small things in life that we have a tendency to overlook.