My rediscovered passion for weaving began as a young child playing on the beach during family vacations. I loved playing with the natural materials around me and spent hours experimenting with braiding grasses and trying to (unsuccessfully) weave the beach grass into baskets. As I grew up I put down the beach grass but still retained my fascination with weaving.
In the fall of 2011, I was given the opportunity to connect with a group of weavers just starting up a weaving circle in a nearby community (The Urban Weaver Project). The twined cedar bark baskets I was shown were simply stunning and I was inspired to pick up the beach grass and try again. I joined the weaving circle at my first opportunity and have stayed ever since!
In addition to learning about and working with traditional weaving materials such as Cedar Bark and Willow, I have been learning about and working with non-traditional materials. Invasive plant species are a seemingly endless source of versatile weaving materials. English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry, Lamium, and Yellow Flag Iris are just a few of the “weeds” that have been holding my fascination. All these materials are readily available in our urban landscape and easily obtained through harvesting events led by the Stanley Park Ecological Society and through the Urban Weaver Studio (of which I am a member).
This summer, I began expanding my weaving experience by sharing what I have learned with others. Recent weaving demonstrations include ‘The Stone Soup Festival’ with the Urban Weaver Project at the Britannia Community Centre and as a resident weaver at the ‘Richmond Maritime Festival’. My pieces have also been on display locally in group shows: one at the Britannia Art Gallery and the other at the Ron Andrews Recreation Centre.