Tuition: Shared Room $305, Double Occupancy $385, Private Room $545
Cost includes 3 nights lodging and 10 meals. $65 additional fee for materials.
August 4–7, 2011
1C/24 clock hours
Do you have an especially valued tool that deserves its own woven bark pouch? Would you like to create a purse that reflects your own artistic nature as well as the Pacific Northwest landscape?
Join weaver Melinda West to learn the basics of the traditional art of weaving with plant fibers, from gathering and preparing the materials to weaving techniques such as twining and cordage making. You’ll learn about local First Peoples’ traditional knowledge of plants, acquired and passed along over thousands of years of experience living in this place, including the gathering and processing of Western red cedar bark, sweetgrass, iris, common rush, cattail, stinging nettle and wild cherry bark.
Most of the materials you’ll use will come already prepared by the instructor, allowing time for you to practice the skills necessary to design, weave and complete a woven satchel. All of us will have the opportunity to learn from each individual’s unique interpretation of this traditional, functional art form while enjoying the rejuvenating qualities of the North Cascades landscape.
There will be an additional $65 materials fee collected at the time of registration. This materials fee will cover cost of pre-gathered, cured materials.
Class size is limited to allow for individualized learning. Time is built into the schedule for you to explore the the valley trails if you wish, to go canoing on Lake Diablo, or to draw inspiration from fellow artists and naturalists in the beautiful surroundings.
Here are some pictures from the 2010 class I taught at NCI last summer titled “Weaving From the Northwest Landscape.” Many of these students were first time weavers. Everyone produced incredibly beautiful work!