Weaving with Himalayan Blackberry with Chloë Hight
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: Chloë Hight
In this one day class, students will learn the process of harvesting, preparing, and weaving with Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus). This plant originated in Western Europe and was brought to North America around 1885 as a cultivated crop and now grows aggressively in the Pacific Northwest. The strong fiber can be peeled from the cane and used for braiding, cordage, and basket weaving. Students will explore fundamental basketry techniques such as cordage making and twining to weave small vessels with freshly harvested blackberry vine. Chloë learned these techniques and methods from her weaving mentors, Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham with the EartHand Gleaners Society in Vancouver, BC and has continued to deepen her knowledge through classes led by Peter Michael Bauer with Rewild Portland in Portland, OR.
This workshop will start at an offsite location, on a private property in Milwaukie for harvesting materials. The afternoon portion of the class will be held at our Portland studio. An exact meeting location will be provided 5 days prior to the workshop date.
No previous experience necessary. Open to all adults 16 & up.
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