I've been teaching an after-school program to grade 3's and 4's since last October and it has been so much fun. We see each other every Thursday and they have only one hour to to learn a technique and make a project. The things they make in that time are really impressive. I'll be sad to be saying good-bye to these girls when I go on maternity leave soon.
These photos are from the embroidery class and the felting classes. Some other techniques we've covered are natural dyeing, shibori, eco-printing, finger knitting, weaving, basketry and block printing.
I'm teaching a beginner paper weaving class at Au Papier Japonais on February 2nd. Today I wove some samples using the shop's wonderful hand-made washi (japanese paper). Sadly the fine quality of the above brown kozo isn't captured in these photos, its a special washi made with the inner bark of mulberry.
It's already been three weeks since I left Ulukhaktok! Now that I'm all settled into vacation mode and I've had a chance to think about what I just did, I'm really proud of myself and so thankful to the wonderful people who made this opportunity happen for me. Also I'm missing my students badly! I gained eleven grandmas and aunts in Ulu, and it's sad to realize that I won't be seeing them again any time soon.
Above are photos of some of the products on display at the open house. I was constantly being impressed with their work ethic but was still blown away when I counted over over 50 hats on display.
I still have a few Ulu moments that I'd like to share once I get my pictures off my camera. Stay tuned. Also, here is the website I made for the program where you can see photos and details of the full fifteen week program.
For their first weaving project most of the ladies wove belts. Here in the arctic these belts are often used to keep a child inside ones parka by tying it around their waste. I can't count the amount of times that I've been chatting with a woman and hear a squeak coming from behind them, not realizing that their child was in their parka the entire time. It's the best way to keep their little one warm.
Below Mable wears her first handwoven belt.