Random Weave Basket Workshop with Artist Ellen Solari
Follow your intuition when you learn the fun and easy “random weave” technique to create a unique basket using studio materials with reed and other natural objects collected from the Sculpture Park. Ditch the cornucopia and present something unique and handmade on your holiday table! No experience necessary, and all levels are welcome. We encourage those familiar with basketry to experiment with a new technique, or if you have never woven before to give it a try! All materials will be provided. For ages 16+ About the Artist Ellen Solari is a maker of sculptural baskets. Formerly a painter, she discovered the world of textiles several years ago after learning how to knit. A Boston native, she received her BFA from MA College of Art and Design. Ellen lives in Belmont, MA, and has a studio at River Street Artists, located at the Waltham Mills in Waltham, MA.
When: Nov 15, 2018 6:30PM in Lincoln, MA
Farrington Family Forest School - Fire Making, Cordage, Wild Edibles, Shelter Building and Animal Tracking 101
Join us for our remaining workshop! Tickets are required! Minimum age is 6. Each ticket is for one adult and one child. You may purchase an additional child ticket, however there must be 1 adult for every 2 children please! WORKSHOPS HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE! For each workshop we will start with a short talk in our barn and then we will head out into Farrington’s 75 acres of woods (off trail!) to put into practice what we have just learned. Each workshop has limited space so sign up soon if you want to attend! 4. Intro to Animal Tracking and Bird Signs Saturday, November 17 at 1pm-4pm We’re going into the woods with Bob Metcalfe of New England Discovery looking for evidence of the animals around us. Tracking can be a very powerful way to learn about nature while seeing first hand some of the many connections between animals and their environment. Limited to 15 attendees. Events that are over: 1. Primitive Fire Making and Cordage with PrimiTim Saturday, October 20 at 9am -12pm Starting with a lighter, you will learn the mechanics of modern fire making tools, and we will move back in time and learn about the bow brill, hand drill, and strap drill friction fire making methods. We will then explore hands-on cordage making (rope from plant fibers) learning the history, how to harvest and prepare fibers and of course making your own. Perhaps the most important ancient skill! Limited to 30 attendees. 2. Tree to Table with PrimiTim Saturday, October 27 at 9am-12pm What is there to eat in the woods? Every season and landscape offers unique and nutritious plants to eat and use as medicine! Let's go on a walk and learn about the most local, organic, and free plants in our area! Limited to 30 attendees. 3. Shelter Building with PrimiTim Saturday, November 3rd at 9am-12pm It can get cold out there. Do you have the knowledge to keep yourself warm by using only materials found on the forest floor? We will learn about clothing selection, things to pack in your survival kit, and how to construct a debris shelter by using no tools! Limited to 30 attendees. Workshop leader bios: Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson has degrees in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy and is a survival skills instructor with over 10 years of experience. He works with all ages encouraging people to connect with the earth by learning and practicing ancient living skills. Please visit his site http://primitim.wixsite.com/walkwithnature for more information. Bob Metcalfe of New England Discovery is a licensed guide, naturalist and environmental educator who has been sharing his knowledge of local wildlife and ecosystems with adults and children for over twenty five years. Bob’s classes focus on interpretation of wildlife tracks and sign to help us learn about what animals are active in the area and how they are utilizing the landscape. https://www.newenglanddiscovery.com/
When: Nov 17, 2018 1pm in Lincoln, MA
Fall SAORI Weaving Workshop with Mihoko Wakabayashi
Morning (9:30 am–12:30 pm) and Afternoon (1:30–4:30 pm) sessions available. Sign up for a half day or both parts of the day for a full day experience! From the Zen vocabulary “sai”, meaning everything has its own dignity, and “ori”, meaning weaving, this freestyle contemporary weaving technique emphasizes the individuality of the maker through spontaneity and freedom of expression. With this adaptability, SAORI weaving is an excellent medium for artists of all ages and abilities. Create for a half-day (3 hour session) to produce a nature-inspired wall hanging, or both parts of the day (6 hours total) to create a larger wall hanging, scarf, or placemat. All are welcome! No weaving experience necessary; participants at all levels invited. All materials provided. Half-Day Rate Members: $75; Not-Yet-Members: $85 About the Instructor Mihoko Wakabayashi is the owner of SAORI Worcester, the first registered SAORI weaving studio in the United States, located in Worcester, MA. She leads workshops in SAORI weaving throughout the commonwealth and hosts regular weaving-focused tours of Japan. The artist most recently organized the Loom in Essence exhibition, featuring 130 woven works made by Wakabayashi and 33 of her current and former students.
When: Nov 18, 2018 9:30AM in Lincoln, MA