Foraging for Fiber & Rope-Making (Fibers Course #1)

Description

Join Rebecca Graham in an exploration of one of the most ancient human skills – rope-making. This very practical and hands on workshop will begin by using plants from the land around us. Using grasses, vines, and tree barks from the UBC Farm, we’ll learn to make our own twisted rope immediately after foraging for our materials.

This beginner level workshop will cover the following:

  • Identification of natural fibers suitable for rope making in our local bio-region
  • Foraging for fibers to use in class on site at the UBC Farm
  • Hands on practice of 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 found fibers

Participants will also be able to take home samples of rope made in a variety of styles and materials. Participants are asked to dress for the weather for the foraging portion of this workshop that will take place outdoors. Optional: bring your own sharp scissors or pocket knives that you will likely use in your future foraging adventures.

This workshop is the first 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

Thursday, Sept 21 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (2.5 hours)

Cost

$39 ($32 student pricing) + GST

This workshop is the first 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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