Making Rope from Foraged Fibers (Fiber Series #2)

Description

Come learn how to make your own rope for hanging succulents, making buntings, adding a personal touch to your gift wrapping, or any other functional or decorative use you can think of! Join Rebecca Graham in an exploration of one of the most ancient human skills: rope-making. This beginner-friendly, hands on workshop will teach you how to make rope from plants found in the land around us. Using local grasses, vines, and tree bark, we’ll learn to make our own twisted rope from foraged materials.

This beginner level workshop will cover the following:

  • Identification of natural fibers suitable for rope making in our local bio-region
  • Hands on practice making two-ply twisted rope
  • Discussion of S-twist vs. Z-twist, 4 ply, and thigh-spinning techniques
  • Discussion of pre-historic and historic rope making methods
  • Discussion of contemporary rope technology and commonly used fibers

Participants will also be able to take home samples of rope made in a variety of styles and materials.

This workshop is one of three Fibers workshops that we are hosting with instructor Rebecca Graham.

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

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (2.5 hours)

Location

UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Dr.
Vancouver, BC

Cost

$39 ($32 student pricing) + GST

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