Monday, January 12, 2009

Artist to share the art of birch bark weaving

Join us on Saturday February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Cloquet Public Library, for a presentation on the art of birch bark weaving by John Zasada of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Zasada is a retired forester turned artist. He started making things out of birch bark more than 10 years ago, inspired by a class he took from Charlie Mayo at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. Now he teaches his own classes.

Zasada works in a traditional style used by Finns, Swedes, and Russians. "When you split bark before weaving, what you're splitting off is an annual growth layer of wood. You are stripping away - touching and feeling - the life and history of this tree." quoted by John Zasada in the book Celebrating Birch.

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