Submitted by The Evergreen State College

The public is invited to attend a Coast Salish Wool Weaving open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at The Evergreen State College at its Paimarire ~ Fiber Arts Studio located on the college’s Olympia campus at its Indigenous Arts Campus.

Those attendees will be provided hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to weave on a traditional Coast Salish Loom.

The open house is being held to bring attention to the teachings of Coast Salish Wool Weaving which is currently a one-year offering at The Evergreen State College where students will be invited to join a step-by-step journey of discovery and creation through wool weaving, informed by the Coast Salish world view of life. Throughout the five courses, students will receive teachings designed to facilitate learning by doing. The courses bring a learning approach that includes both indoor and outdoor activities and creates a space for weaving that immerses students within teachings on bringing raw materials together, getting those materials ready for spinning and plying, dying the yarns and practicing various wool weaving techniques.

The class is taught by Dr Susan Pavel, who first learned Coast Salish wool weaving in 1996 and was taught by master teacher, Bruce Miller of the Skokomish Nation. She has curated, participated and solo exhibited in 12 museum exhibits and over 25 gallery exhibits. Pavel has been awarded 17 artist-in-residence or grant opportunities and has over 30 bibliographic acknowledgements. She currently serves as the Coasts Salish Wool Weaving Center’s Executive Director and is an adjunct faculty member at Evergreen.

Food and beverage will be served throughout the day. For more information on attending, please email Dr. Pavel at Susan.Pavel@Evergreen.edu. For directions to the Indigenous Arts Campus at The Evergreen State College’s Olympia campus, please visit the webpage.

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