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!
Last weekend I had the privilege of teaching Cordage-Making to participants of the fourth annual Lushootseed Speakers Conference, held at Seattle University. I don’t know the words yet to describe what it was like to be in a room filled with with speakers of an ancient living language. My best attempt would be to imagine […]
Flowering Red Current, a favorite for Hummingbirds! I’ll be offering a workshop at this conference: Cordage Making – How to Transform Local Plants Into Bracelets, Necklaces or Rope. For more information: http://www.lushootseed.org/
Students made Coiled Cordage Pendants this year at IslandWood.
Bainbridge island School District Odyssey students weave at Camp Indianola.
The Suquamish Basket Marsh is an outdoor living classroom filled with native plants.
Sharing an ethnobotany lesson with 5th graders at IslandWood, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Use materials from the Pacific Northwest landscape to weave unique sound-makers.
Use materials from three important Northwest ecosystems while learning about Salish cultures.