St. Martin school is proud to have a unique embroidery artist in residency that comes to us twice a year for more than 20 years now. Her name is Mrs. Joyce Sirski -Howell. She started doing cross-stitching (“vyshyvannia” in ukrainian language), when her own children went to this school. She recalls that her oldest child was in Grade 2 at that point. The first project with the whole school was in 1988, she made “rushnyky” (embroidered towels) with students for the little icons that were given to them.
After that Mrs. Sirski -Howell, who is known at school as Pani Howell, used to come to her kids’ grades and do little class projects. Slowly, it turned into whole school projects. For the last couple of years, Mrs. Sirski -Howell comes to St. Martin twice a year for Mother's Day and Father's Day.
In 2015-2016, Mrs. Sirski -Howell also took part in a E-Textile project at St.Martin where she worked with teachers and students to create traditional Ukrainian ties, bracelets and cloth collage in combination with interactive technology tools