Hello Fellow Weaving Friends. I have been neglecting my blog, and I do apologize. It means I have been busy with life, weaving, learning, and being present in the seasons. One thing keeping me busy is the unique opportunity to be able to create a Basketry Program within the Fiber Art Studio at the fabulous new Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network or BARN. This is a beautiful facility on Bainbridge Island, housing eleven different types of Artisans Studios. The studio workspaces and tools, are available for use by membership. Each studio runs their own programs for developing and passing on artisans skills. It has been a joy for me to be allowed to invite many of the excellent Basketry teachers I come to know over the years, to come to BARN to share their weaving and cultural knowledge. Every teacher is different in their background, experience, and approach to their craft. What they all share in common is their excellence as teaching-artists.
This past weekend Kathey Ervin, from Sequim, Washington, lead eight amazing students, with various levels of weaving expertise, through their chosen cedar projects. Three double-walled backpacks, two conical hats, one finely woven amulet pouch, one zippered purse/tool bag, one lidded tool chest, and yours truly, with one hat I’d promised my son five years ago when he moved to New York.
Everyone was focused and worked incredibly hard for three days. It was fun to assist in Kathey’s class and such a joy to have the opportunity to meet these great people, some who had traveled quite the distance to particpate, like from Idaho and Wisconsin!
And thanks to Kathey, our youngest son who moved to Hudson, New York, five years ago, and had requested I make him a cedar hat? Well, happy birthday Jeff! Your hat will be in the mail soon!
Next BARN Basketry Workshop is with Polly Adams Sutton. A one day, or two day option April 6, or April 7 & 8, 2018.