We have some exciting offerings beginning in February that continue to support sharing skills, connecting to plants and meaning-making with our hands; all coming from a place as always of how we can be makers without first being consumers.
More programs will be listed in the months ahead, and we hope you can join us for both virtual gatherings and in-person sessions in 2023. Meanwhile, spaces are limited in our programs so register soon to avoid disappointment!
Virtual Maker Gatherings: Informal sharing sessions hosted by Sharon Kallis
free /sliding scale, click the date for more information and to register
The Mourning Quilt- Instructor Jen Brant
Virtual, 6 Wed. evenings -starts Feb 22.
This course is about both the practical and the intangible.
We will learn (or practice) the skills of paper piece quilting while creating a safe enough space to explore grief and mourning.
Using a specific mapping tool called a Voronoi diagram, participants each create a unique constellation of points on a grid that correspond to points of tenderness, grief, or memory…
British Columbia Flax to Linen Network
Mar 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11
Join the online community focused on growing and processing flax to linen.
These sessions will provide the opportunity to create a provincial support network that builds collective knowledge of flax as a textile crop while fostering a network between growers and spinners around the province. Read more and register here
Willow and the Wilds: Weekend Basketry Retreat
April 28, 29, 30
Friday 6-8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-4pm
Co-lead by Catherine Langevin and Sharon Kallis
A weekend intensive exploration of basketry and materials.
Participants can expect to end the weekend with a new finished woven form and a wealth of experience in learning about local plants for basketry and new – or newly remembered – techniques embedded in their fingertips. Read more and register here
6 Saturdays, May 6, June 10, July 15, August 5, September 9, October 14
Join Anna Heywood-Jones and Sharon Kallis for a collaborative learning exchange that will explore the steps of processing nettle stalks into spun line or cordage and growing Japanese indigo for pigment extraction. In later sessions, we will work with various indigo vat types and create handwoven textile swatches or sculptural forms with our blue nettle fibres. Read more and register here