Nature enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers, parents and teachers, this section is for you. Below are some of my favorite plant fiber art making experiences with young people.
These are hands-on projects that immerse students into culture, science, and art. Most of these projects can be adapted to be less complex for 1st and 2nd graders, more complex for 3rd and 4th, and so on, right through to adults who are ready to expand their brains with hands-on learning experiences.
Small projects here include: Cordage Making, Bracelets, Nature Necklaces, Nature Bead Making, Woven Bracelets, Woven Pouch Treasure Necklace, Woven Cedar Bark Wall Hanging, Cattail Projects, Cattail and Cedar Roses, Weaving Salmon, Weaving Cattail Rattles, Clam Shell Rattle Necklace, Coiled Cordage Pendant, Whisk Broom Making, etc.
With the support of IslandWood, Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network, and other generous donors, I am working on an infographic for you who love to make things with the gifts of the plants that grace this landscape. I hope you’ll keep in touch!
I am grateful for the affirmation and support I’ve received as a participant in the 2023 Bloedel Reserve’s Creative Residency Program.
After a long pause in the basketry program at the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN) due to the covid pandemic, it was wonderful to contribute to this program by teaching a Weaving Nature Workshop at BARN this Fall.
Hello again. I’m still here and I hope you are too! Are you interested in learning how to respectfully and sustainably gather, prepare, store and utilize fibers from the plants and trees that grow in the communities we are a part of?
Students from the Seattle area had the opportunity to learn about the life-cycle of the Western Red Cedar as they removed it’s inner and outer bark for their projects.
I hope you can join me at the BARN this August 26-27 for a weekend of making lots of projects from plant fibers that the young people in your life will love.
Some thoughts about my recent Artist in the Woods Residency project.
I am excited to have a dedicated time to document some useful plant fiber projects.
Thoughtful, bright, 5th graders from Suquamish Elemenatary.
I met some awesome 4th + 5th graders this year at IslandWood.