Basket Making (Fibers Course #2)

Description

Become an urban weaver and learn the art of basketry. Put some of those invasive plants and garden clippings to good use – turn them into baskets! We’ll cover the basics of twining, one of the most fundamental techniques practiced by BC First Nations and European people, and make small baskets to take home. We’ll also discuss how to tell if a plant is useful for weaving, how and when to harvest, and how to process and store your weaving materials.You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for both the basketry skills of our ancestors and the generosity of our local weeds.

This beginner level workshop will cover the following:

  • Basics fundamentals of twining.
  • Identification of plants suitable for weaving in our local bio-region
  • Hands on practice of making a small basket to take home
  • Discussion of how to process and store weaving materials after harvesting
  • Discussion of pre-historic and historic basketry techniques
  • Discussion of contemporary basket technology and commonly found store bought fibers

Participants will also be able to take home the project they finish in the workshop.

(With thanks to Sharon Kallis and Todd DeVries of the original Urban Weaver Project, sponsored by Vancouver Park Board.)

This workshop is one of three, as a course on natural fibers, that we are hosting with the instructor – Rebecca Graham. Enroll in all three workshops as a short course, and receive a 15% discount!

About the Instructor

Rebecca Graham is an environmental artist and weaver who specializes in creating exciting connections between ancient skills and contemporary knowledge and issues. She is the artistic director of EartHand Gleaners Society. With a background in agriculture and environmental ethics and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, her workshops reconnect people of all ages and abilities to the land in ways that aim to honour cultures, ancestors, First Nations, and the land itself.

Date and Time

Wednesday, Oct 18 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (3 hours)

Cost

$45 ($38 student pricing) + GST

This workshop is one of three, as a course on natural fibers, that we are hosting with the instructor – Rebecca Graham. Enroll in all three workshops as a short course, and receive a 15% discount!

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