Sept 21 1-3.30pm
A walk on the wild side of fibre...
Squamish Nation weaver Tracy Williams and environmental artist Sharon Kallis lead a short exploration into “ the wild zone” beside Aberthau Community Centre. Investigate both the native and introduced plants growing here and the fibre potential and traditional uses in conversation with Tracy and Sharon. The group will then participate in processing of some of the flax crop. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants, full sleeves.
Sept 22 12-4pm
Brian Jones and Sharon Kallis flax/wheat-weaving
harvest celebration first day of Autumn
Participate in our own version of the pagan tradition of weaving the “best of the crop” into a wheat dollie- a sculpture that was kept inside by the hearth and ensured the wheat seeds were carried forward to another year. We will use some flax to weave a sculpture to be left outdoors in the centre of our field as a part of the winter installation to be made on October 26th
Saturday Oct 26 12-4pm
Weed-Weaving and Soil-Sculpture installation with Sharon Kallis- participate in sculpting the sandy soil at Aberthau and weaving end of season green-waste into a winter labyrinth installation. The flaxfibrefood bed will be put down for the winter in fine style, working with what is available; sandy soil and bedding plant waste. At the heart of the labyrinth shall rest our flax woven seed offering ensuring a good crop for 2014. children 8+with adult supervision welcome
November 4, 5, 6th evenings 6-8.00pm
Flax Fibre processing: Sharon will lead all willing participants in exploring the alchemy of turning flax into gold, or shall we say, linen! The processes of hackling, scutching and breaking will turn our retted flax plants into linen fibre ready for spinning. The prepped fibre will be used for the Flax Sit and Spin Social at Aberthau Registration: http://flaxprocessing.
Flax Sit and Spin Social
Thursday November 7th 6.30-9pm
Join resident artists Caitlin ffrench and Sharon Kallis for a social evening of spinning the flax crop from Aberthau. Bring your own drop spindle or spinning wheel, and we will provide the fibre- whatever we’ve got processed! A social night to mingle with other fibre friends, experiment with spinning flax and share your knowledge with your peers. Bring a favourite linen piece for our Showcase Table, and hear the “progress report” when Caitlin and Sharon give a brief talk about the flax=fibre+ food project.
No registration required.