In this 9 month journey you will...
- Gain a well rounded understanding of the basic basketry techniques: twining, plaiting, coiling, ribbed basketry, twined bags, cordage, and more.
- Work with a variety of materials, including grapevines, honeysuckle, wisteria, white pine bark, inner tree bark (ash, tulip tree, red maple, elm, etc.), cattails, grasses, iris leaves, dogbane, nettle, basswood fiber, willow, red osier dogwood, spruce root, and more depending on availability.
- Get hands on experience identifying, finding, harvesting, preparing, and processing these local plant materials out in the field.
- Receive expert guidance as you make a multitude of baskets.
- Explore the deeper meanings of working with plants and basketry through readings and discussion
- Be a part of a community as we walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and harvest gratefully from the earth to make one of the most culturally meaningful objects in history: the basket.
Getting out in nature: hands on harvesting
During this workshop you will learn how to weave baskets. But equally as important and rewarding you will get experience actually harvesting and processing plants. Most of our focus will be on weaving, but on a few class days we will be taking half day field trips to gather materials together. This means we will be spending time out in nature pulling vines out of trees and walking in marshes to harvest cattails. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and have fun! If you have an physical restrictions or anticipate any difficulty in this aspect of the workshop then let me know before the workshop. There are many aspect to harvesting and if you are unable to wrestle grapevines out of trees then it is equally as valuable to help coil and process them. Working together is the key. Feel free to contact me with any questions about this partof the workshop.
Example Course Schedule
What does it look like to spend a day weaving?
To see some examples of baskets and student experiences from the 2017 and 2018 programs check out the blog posts below or visit my current/past workshops page. There is such an amazing array of students that take my classes and I’m always impressed with the creativity and individuality that comes out when a person sits down and allows themselves the time to make something beautiful with their hands.