BASKETRY & WEAVING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
FALL WINTER 2017-2018
The winter moons are the time of honing skills, passing on knowledge and preparing for the harvest seasons to come. Cultures around the world used the stillness of the ‘Cold Time’ to use the materials harvested throughout the seasonal rounds to create beautiful and functional baskets for the coming harvests and journeys. The winter moons are also the time of harvesting for many plants best harvested while dormant, the roots, withes and barks of willow, cedar, cherry, and more.
This apprenticeship program is in its second year and offers an opportunity to go further in-depth on basketry and weaving techniques than possible with day or weekend workshops.
Mentorship with Heidi Bohan, Master Weaver, ethnobotanist and author/illustrator of ‘The People of Cascadia’, with over 20 years of experience and trained under some of the premier master basketmaker’s of our time, known in each of the techniques and basketry traditions we will cover. We will focus on the traditional baskets and weavings of the Pacific Northwest and Ireland, covering the major techniques, embellishments and styles using wild-crafted native plant materials.
Where? Join us here in the Snoqualmie Valley at the historic Hjertoos House Studio, a former carriage house, to create these baskets. From here we travel to gathering grounds and visit with cultural knowledge keepers and experts. We are an easy and scenic 35 minute drive from Seattle, 20 from Issaquah, 15 from Redmond.
How often? We will have classes on one Friday from 1-7PM & Saturday 10-4PM once per month, November through March (third Friday/Sat, with the exception of November- one week earlier), with optional followup studio time to continue to work on your baskets, time and day decided by consensus after each class. We will also schedule as seasonal opportunity allows for research and harvest expeditions. These may occur on weekdays or weekends and are optional, with every effort made to include each apprentice over the season.
Class Dates: November 10&11; December 15&16; January 19&20; February 17&18; March 16&17; with additional Gathering, Research & Project Night dates (TBD based on participant schedules).
What can you expect? You will learn harvest timing and techniques, processing and storage of plant materials, and preparation of materials from wild-crafted plants. And you will learn a variety of core and advanced techniques to create fine traditional styled baskets and weavings.
What experience is needed? This program requires some experience making baskets (or other hands-skills) enough to know you like it! Ideally that you love it! You do not need to be accomplished, or even all that confident, but know enough to accept that there is a learning curve and be willing to jump in! All classes will be scaled to various skill levels.
What will we create? Baskets from willow, red cedar, rush and cattail, and other native and wild foraged materials; natural dyes and wild harvested materials to use to ornament these baskets; weaving from wool and other fibers to create bags, baskets, sraps and more.
Class fee: TBD by August 15, 2017
Deposit $250 to hold a spot and I will contact you to get more information, fully refundable up to October 15, 2017
Paypal: (you don’t need an account, just a credit card) or contact me for other payment options.
Hjetoos House Studio Classes are based out of Carnation, Washington in the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley, at the historic Hjertoos House with a studio and outdoor classroom spaces and lots of nearby trails, natural and cultural areas. There are possible overnight accommodations available at Carnation Tree Farm Barn Loft, Tolt McDonald Park yurts, local AirBnB’s, and others by arrangement.
Some of my teachers:
Lisa Telford, Haida, my former sister-in-law, trained under her Auntie, Delores Churchill and now an internationally known Haida basketmaker with work in the Smithsonian, Heard, Burke and numerous other museums. She took me under her wing when I was first learning baskets, and showed me Haida style cedar bark twined baskets, with the introduction of dyed twined patterns, cedar bark hats, cross warp twined cedar baskets and more. It is from her that I also learned traditional harvesting, processing and selection techniques for cedar bark.
Pat Courtney Gold, Warm Springs/Wasco, specializes in twined Columbia River baskets, and is regionally and nationally recognized for her work in revitalizing Wasco/Wishram and other Columbia style baskets. I worked with her making cattail twined, open weave baskets and twined cylindrical baskets
Nettie Jackson, Colville, (now passed on) renowned for her preservation of the techniques and creation of coiled and imbricated cedar root baskets housed in museums throughout the region. I had the rare opportunity to work with her for four days learning these techniques from her to make my first cedar root basket. it is from her that I primarily learned about proper harvest and processing of cedar root.
Eva Boyd, Flathead Salish, specializes in the full-turn twined sally baskets. Originally made from dogbane hemp, I was able to work with her sharing what I’ve learned about making dogbane hemp cordage while she showed me the techniques to start, twine and finish these strong, flexible baskets.
Cheryl Samuel, master weaver- ‘internationally acclaimed weaver, researcher, author and teacher, will forever be associated with the revival of Ravenstail weaving on the Pacific Northwest Coast’ I hosted her to teach my classes in the 90’s and spent many hours learning from her as she stayed as a guest in my home.
Joe Hogan- Willow basketmaker- 2015 weeklong apprenticeship in the Connemara region of Ireland learning the traditional Irish creel and other techniques, going back again in October 2017 (find out how you can join us!).
Other teachers include Rodney Cawston- Colville- twined cylindrical baskets; Rodrick Owen- Peruvian headbands; Laverne Waddington- Bolivian backstrap weaving
Contact: Heidi 425-549-0093; firstname.lastname@example.org; PO Box 141, Carnation, WA 98014