Desktop Baskets w/Birch Bark Beth (For Women & Non-Binary Makers) April 22nd 10-4:00
Learn how to make your own desktop baskets out of birch bark using traditional weaving techniques. In this class we will cover the etymology of birch trees in Minnesota, discuss how bark can be sustainably harvested and hand processed into usable materials, while designing and weaving desktop baskets for yourself. No prior weaving experience is necessary for this class - A great class to begin discovering your new appreciation of birch and weaving. The class fee includes instruction and materials fee - tools will be supplied by the instructor for the students to use during class. Students only need to bring their functioning hands and open mind.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm w/ a break for lunch
About Beth Homa-Style:
Beth Homa-Style uses sustainably harvested and hand processed bark from White Paper Birch tree to make woven items that can be used in everyday life, as well as in a gallery. By teaching classes and facilitating other learning opportunities in this handcraft, Beth focuses on building communities and celebrating the weaving traditions rooted many different cultures.
After studying painting at Hamline University and working as a caseworker for the homeless in Baltimore Maryland, Beth became an intern at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. There she learned many traditional crafts including many styles of boat building, but her focus shifted to basketry and her obsession with birch bark was sparked. Birch bark quickly became her her principal medium. Beth has taught birch basketry classes at North House Folk School, the American Swedish Institute, the Weavers’ Guild, and many special engagements including the annual Basket Camp. Through communal learning, public demonstrations, and facilitating harvests, she shares her love for this durable and beautiful material with everyone with a desire to learn.
*Cancellation policy: Please give 2 week notice and you will be refunded 85% to cancel class.