Embossed tin ornaments are very recognisable in South American countries. In Spanish, it’s called Hojalata – the Spanish word for tin. Embossing is a technique that involves stamping/punching material, cut or pierced into decorative works of art.
They’re are fun and colourful, and can depict many different animals and symbols. But have you ever looked into their imagery and meanings?
Now is your chance to get hands-on and make your own embossed tin ornaments while learning about its cultural place across South American countries.
The idea of this workshop is to create a piece inspired by Latin American birds, learn about our species, get to know them, and also connect with Latin American mythology.
What will we cover?
In this hands-on class we will explore:
- Stories and mythologies of the animals depicted in tin decorations
- How to work with tin and how to emboss
- How to decorate and colour tin images
- Make your own embossed tin ornaments!
What should I bring?
- Curiosity and willingness to learn more about Latin American cultures and histories.
- Have a think about how to transport your creation home safely – a spare shopping bag might be useful.
- All materials are provided.
- Wheelchair Accessible Venue
- Gender Neutral Bathrooms
- Discounted Early
- Free Ticket for First Nation Attendees
- Auslan Interpreter
Who will be teaching?
Colibri Stories emerged in 2022 with the desire to respond to the recognition, appropriation and appreciation of our own history and culture. We expose others to these deep histories and cultures through creativity and curiosity made into art.
Colibri Stories are:
Katherine (she/her) is a Colombian in love with her culture and roots. She is fascinated by being able to tell stories and leave a message to each person. Have a look at her events and workshops on their instagram.
Irma (she/her) loves to share her home country with viewers. She encourages everyone to immerse themselves in Mexican culture and art, through creativity. She wants to invite people to discover what lies beyond the other side of the world. Check her work out on instagram.
Teachers’ own photo.
Have a question or accessibility request? Just shoot an email to Maddy (she/her) at