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.
This March, through the support of IslandWood and it's generous donors, I will be editing and sketching away, to create a publication for you who love to make things with the gifts of the plants that grace this landscape. Keep in touch!
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.
When the Wild Rose Blooms, the sap is up in the Cedar!
Dunlap and Wellington Elementary schools, and Dearborn Park International
Making Nature Necklaces was my drop-in project for Community Day at the Seattle Art Museum