Cedar Basket Weaving with Brenda Crabtree

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The Teaching and Learning Centre’s ECUPS student film team, partnered with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, director/mentor Moira Simpson and editor William Fritzburg to film and edit the Cedar Basket Weaving project as a part of the Urban Access to Aboriginal Art that began in 2014.
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URBAN ACCESS TO ABORIGINAL ART (Urban Access) began in 2014 and is a four-week intensive art and design program that blends studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field trips. Fifteen aboriginal participants are selected each summer to learn traditional forms of art: Carving, Drum Making, Cedar Basketry, Beadwork, Moose Hair Tufting, and Form Line design. The program includes cultural studies, visual communication, guest artist talks, and field trips to galleries and museums. Please visit aboriginal.ecuad.ca/urban-access-to-aboriginal-art-2015/ for more information about this project.
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  • Prepping: Gathering and preparing materials and tools
  • Base: The foundation for a basket always begins here
  • Twining: A basketry technique in which two horizontal strands, or one stand folded in half, cross over each other in between the vertical strands
  • Up-Setting the Spokes: The spokes are the foundation or base of the basket. They also continue vertically up the side of the basket. After the base of the basket is woven, the spokes are bent upwards to begin working on the sides of the basket.
  • Weft: The horizontal weave which crosses over and under the warp strands or spokes
  • Rim: The finished edge of the basket.

For more information about the Urban Access project please contact Michelle Sound at msound@ecuad.ca

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