25 Number 1 January to March 2013
marks our 25th Anniversary – amazing!
executive has decided to focus on the basket traditions we have in Nova
Scotia which have been handed down in the oral history of this Province
- from one person to another. Given that we live in a
fast-paced computer age, the fact that we have so many basket
traditions alive in the hands of the makers from our four founding
cultures – Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Black and Celtic/European – is truly
awesome and well worth celebrating.
Joleen Gordon, President
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Scotia Basketry Guild
Contact us if you are not sure if
your dues are paid for the current year
for workshops, and locations to hold the workshops
If you, or someone you know, would like to teach a
workshop, or have an
idea for a workshop, or an
idea for workshop space, please e-mail us and let
us know. We
have people who can help make it happen!
These gatherings are
open to Guild Members
is a non-teaching morning. You bring your basket projects,
unfinished or in your head, and we will work them out together.
9:30am to Noon
with a potluck lunch at noon.
Joleen for more information
|MONTHLY GUILD WORKSHOPS If you are not a current
member you will be
required to pay the $15
annual dues plus the class fee.
are usually the Third Saturday of the month.
Register with the class contact person listed with each class.
19 – Mi’kmaw Porcupine Quilling with Cheryl Simon
begin the year with a rare opportunity to learn the history and meaning
of this craft in the Mi’kmaw culture as well as the basics, along with
more intricate patterning, in creating a bark medallion with Dartmouth
artist Cheryl Simon.
class will provide an introductory pattern for beginners plus the
opportunity to build on previous workshops by focusing on the layering
and filling techniques used to provide detail in Mi’kmaw
quillwork. An overview of different styles and techniques
will be given along with a simple pattern for the base. The
participants will then choose which techniques to use by layering
different coloured quills and expanding the pattern. Step-by-step
instructions with photographs will be provided along with the materials.
are urged to bring their previous works for show and tell.
$50.00 for a full day, includes materials
Community Centre, Elliott Street, Dartmouth
for bark and tweezers plus your lunch
Gordon, e-mail Joleen,
register and mail class fee to Nova Scotia
Basketry Guild 121 Crichton Avenue, Dartmouth NS B3A 3R6
February 16 –
Black History Month
craft of weaving Red Maple Baskets came to Nova Scotia with the freed
Black people in October 1813 during the War of 1812-1815. One
of their descendants, Mrs. Edith Clayton, was our first Honourary
Member. Born in Cherrybrook, she lived with her family in
East Preston. As a young girl, she learned how to make
baskets from her mother, grandmother and aunts. She taught her
daughters how to weave baskets and she taught her sons how to collect
the wood. Two hundreds years later, these skills are alive
today and form a very important part of the cultural fabric of the
Province of Nova Scotia.
in Nova Scotia
honour this craft, the Alderney Gate Library will have a special
screening of the National Film Board film “Black Mother, Black
Daughter”. The documentary honours basketmaker Edith Clayton;
historian Pearleen Oliver; educator and community leader Dr. Marie
Hamilton; and weaver and politician Daureen Lewis. Also
appearing in the film is the dynamic female a cappella quartet Four the
Place: The Maxine
Tynes Room of the Alderney Gate Library near the Dartmouth Ferry
16 – Happy 25th Birthday Party and Annual General Meeting
can’t have a birthday party without playing games – so – let’s have fun
making a game! Several years ago, while on a road trip along
the north shore of the Gaspe Peninsula, we stopped at a Mi’kmaw craft
shop. The window was full of interesting objects one of which
was a triangular piece of birchbark with a centre hole and a small
wooden ball was attached with a cord to one corner. What was
it? The shop was shut; I found later it was a game of
enhancing hand-eye motor skills. We also are working on
presenting another game, the Cane Ball used in the game Sepak Raga in
Invitation – if you
have basketry games, please bring them to share with others.
AGM will be held
over the noon hour lunch break with Birthday Cake!
meeting is open to all members and we welcome your ideas for future
planning in Guild activities – YOUR Guild!
$10.00 includes material
to all current members
Community Centre, Elliott Street, Dartmouth
Time: 9:30- 3:30pm
Tools: pencil and
ruler, scissors for bark, awl, large-eyed needle plus your lunch; Guild
will supply the bark, wooden ball and waxed polyester thread.
You supply the skill!
Joleen Gordon, e-mail Joleen,
Please register and mail class
fee before March 1 to Nova Scotia Basketry Guild 121
Crichton Avenue, Dartmouth NS B3A 3R6
24 – Easter Paper Strip and Ribbon Basket Workshop for children
Gate Public Library in the Helen Creighton Room.
afternoon March 24th -- 2:00 - 4:00pm.
will be Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday.
Please volunteer to help the
children make these baskets.
you would like a re-fresher class making these little baskets based on
the Mi’kmaw design using the raised-weave diamond design, contact
In the Planning Stages...future
April 20, 2013 - Mi'kmaw Wooden Flowers (Workshop)
April 27 and May 18, 2013
- Red Osier Dogwood and Acadian Willow Baskets
(Collection and Workshop)
June 15 and July 20 + 21, 2013
- Acadian Root Basket
(Collection and Workshop)
July 28, 2013 -
Acadian Day at Grand Pre (Demonstration)
July 2013 - NSDCC
Summer Market (Demonstration)
July/August 2013 -
Ross Farm Agricultural Museum Braided Straw/Wood Hat (Demonstration)
August 2013 - No
program. No demonstrations
– In conjunction with the provincially designated Mi’kmaw History Month
in October, we will focus all our fall classes on Mi’kmaw baskets –
those made of hand-pounded Ash splints, fragrant sweetgrass and
21-22, 2013 - Ash-splint Wine Caddy/Knitting
Basket with Greg McEwan (Workshop)
October 12, 2013 -
Harvest Basket at Ross Farm Agricultural Museum (Demonstration)
October 19-20, 2013
- Birch Bark Root-sewn Basket with Todd Labrador (Workshop)
November 16, 2013 - Mi'kmaw
Fancy Basket with Margaret Pelletier and Della MacGuire (Workshop)
2013 - Advent Wreath Making with Rhinhart Petersmann (Workshop)
December 7, 2013 -
Christmas Ornaments from the Four Founding Traditions (Workshop)
the current events section of our website
for updates between major newsletters.
and Basketry Outlets
Mae Darville and Maggie Bean have
sale at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
baskets and Alan
baskets are for
sale at The Bogside and Carrefour in
in Halifax is now carrying a variety of sizes of reed, stocking
reed basketry kits,
tools, pre-woven cane for chair seats
and books. If you are out of town, give them a call they are always
willing to find a way to deliver your order to you.
They will order reed, handles,
tools, dyes, etc. at your
request if they do not stock them.
1521 Grafton Street, 902-423-8870.
(Area Code 902)
Glasgow: Donna Manuel
Cape Breton: Diane
Lunenburg: Heather Sanft
Shore: Michael Wolter
Things to See and Do
January 18 - March 3, 2013 “A Very Long Engagement”
curated by Frances Dorsey at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery
Thursday January 17 at 8pm
with artists and curator: Friday January 18 at
exhibition includes the work of contemporary American basketmaker Pat
Hickman. From the promotion material: “Pat Hickman
uses long tubes of translucent gut as both armature and carrier of
meaning to probe loss and emptiness while reminding us of our own
mortality. The filament of membrane is essential in life,
extending on into an afterlife both comforting and troubling.”
15, 2013 – 2nd Annual Avondale Art Fair
Art Fair in Hants County organized by Kathy Munroe and the
Avondale Sky Winery. We will not participate this year but
members are encouraged to attend this delightful fair beside the waters
of the Minas Basin.
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