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Join us for Spirit Catchers with Wendy Arbeit.
In this class students will construct two, good fortune Tibetan spirit catchers. Not to be fooled by visual complexity, they are easy to make. Taught by monks from Bhutan, our instructor will share historical and contemporary images of spirit catchers while introducing the many variations that even beginners can master.
In Buddhist, Bon, and animist areas of China and beyond, Tibetan-thread spirit catchers were for centuries devised as temporary abodes of a particular deity as a way to encourage it to stay or go away. They can function to insure good fortune, or, when broken or discarded at a crossroad, as a way to cast off bad luck. Today the tradition is most widespread in Bhutan.
There will be a $5 supply fee for armature sticks and yarn payable to the instructor on the day of class. Instructor will provide all materials.
What to bring:
- $5 supply fee
- Hot-melt gun if you have
Wendy Arbeit received an MA in Art from Columbia University. She started making crafts from an early age and continued after her degree by learning the traditional arts of beading, back-strap weaving, basket making, and twining from Iroquois, Mexican, and Pacific island people. She learned sashiko and temari from Japanese books at a time when none were available in English and kumihimo at a Japan-sponsored program.
She has written four traditional-craft related books, What Are Fronds For? a manual for plaiting coconut fronds; Baskets in Polynesia, a survey of central Polynesian baskets; Tapa in Tonga, an introduction to Tongan barkcloth; and finally the award-winning, Links to the Past: the Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans, a compendium of 1000 objects made within 50 years of Western contact.
Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.
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