August 4th, 2018
Faculty: Prin Van Gulden
There are rich traditions that utilize birch bark in every culture where Paper Birch grows. In the United States we are most familiar with the containers made by folding and sewing the bark with roots or cordage. In many other parts of the world including Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavian countries it is as common to see the bark woven into containers, both simple and elaborate, this will be the focus of our workshop.
Each student will weave a small bias plaited box with a lid. It is a project appropriate for beginner and intermediate basketmakers alike.
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Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this class.
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $95 / Pricing after July 4th: $105 covers the cost of the class and most course materials. Lunch and accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Prin van Gulden is a homesteader and craftswoman who is passionate about illuminating her connections to land and humanity through traditional skills. Humans have spent thousands of years developing ecological relationships, along with skills to create beauty and utility. She believes the relationships we maintain with the ecological world as we re-learn to utilize the gifts of nature are as essential as the skills themselves. Prin aspires to help our culture maintain and evolve those relationships, and not to let those skills atrophy, by working in her community, with students, and by always continuing to hone her own skills and keep learning.
She works to deepen connections one basket, one yard of cloth, one row of indigo at a time. She believes this type of craftsmanship helps us to own and process both the reverence and hardships that come with being human in our time.
Prin is an adjunct faculty member at Sterling College in the Environmental Humanities Department with a focus on the fiber arts. She lives in Craftsbury with her family on a diversified organic farm.