An Introduction to Working with Bark
On day one, I demonstrated and taught the group how to remove the rough outer bark from poplar and mimosa trees we had cut down and brought to the studio. We then sliced and collected the inner barks of each sapling, allowing us to roll up what we collected to dry and use for weaving.
Weaving with Bark
Later that afternoon, we had the chance to finish preparing the freshly harvested bark from the day in order to be able to weave it the next day. We also made some handmade bark buckets and polished up the bark baskets from the day in order to get them nice, shiny, and sealed for protection.
Weaving Bark Pouches
By the end of the afternoon, each weaver had completed their very own bark pouch or bag out of the materials they had harvested the day before. Again, each basket had a uniqueness to it that could only be created by four very different and creative individuals. It's amazing to see what people can learn and do in such a short period of time! I had an awesome time working with this wonderful group and I hope they'll be back soon so share what they've done with what they learned in class!