Weaving with English Ivy

Teacher: Celeste Whitewolf | Date: Sun, 10.15 , 10am-4pm | Location: SE Division Studio
Tuition: $160 | Materials: $10
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An Indigenous perspective on an invasive plant: we're honored to host Celeste Whitewolf for a 1-day basketry class focused on English Ivy. More info...

Known either as a decorative landscaping plant, or a fast-growing, invasive vine, English Ivy is being recast as a potentially useful weaving material for folks who are up to the challenge! Notoriously hard to bend and shape, but unusually strong, English Ivy presents both unique challenges and benefits for the adventurous weaver. Celeste will demonstrate two different weaving techniques: plaiting and twining. Plaiting is the technique of laying the plant material alongside itself, alternating strips. Twining is the technique of wrapping two vines around a “spoke,” twisting it and placing one vine in front of the spoke and the other vine in back of the spoke. These techniques are the cornerstones of weaving, applicable to many types of basketry materials. For those interested in processing the English Ivy to make more flexible weavers, students will also learn how to split the vine in half or quarters. After a day of strenuous weaving, students will go home with a fairly large basket and the skills to work with other natural weaving materials.

Students are asked to bring a small pocket knife.

All Native Art classes are offered at 50% off tuition for all peoples of North American Indigenous descent. Please email info@wildcraftstudioschool.com for details.

No previous experience necessary. This workshop is open to anyone 18 years old & over who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for Studio Workshops. All participants must accept the inherent risks of participating in a Studio Workshop and agree to sign a liability waiver. This waiver describes in more detail the risks you assume by participating in a Studio Workshop. PLEASE carefully review it!

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