Aboriginal Ash Basketry
Join instructor Katie Augustine for this hands-on class that will include information and a demonstration on the process of obtaining splints from the ash logs that are used in making these baskets. Participants will be taught how to make three different kinds of baskets that are traditional to the Maliseet people of the area (a fiddlehead, square and round fancy basket).
You’ll learn every aspect of the process, from preparing the ash splints, the layout, the weaving to the finishing processes of each individual basket, as well as the color dye process and curl technique of the fancy baskets. Participants will leave the workshop with 3 beautiful baskets and the knowledge of a craft born from a culture that is a part of New Brunswick’s heritage.
Instructor: Katie Augustine
Katie is a Maliseet woman from Tobique First Nation located in Northern New Brunswick. She is a recent graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) with a diploma in Aboriginal Visual Arts and a major in Traditional Aboriginal Ash Basketry. Since Katie likes to express herself in a variety of ways, she also works with several different mediums. In addition to ash, she works in photography, beading, painting with acrylics and mixed media.
Katie has travelled around the province speaking to hundreds of Aboriginal artists as an Aboriginal Outreach Officer for The New Brunswick Arts Board. She has helped artists across the province with guidance and direction in their art careers. In addition to her work with artsnb, Katie has been travelling and teaching Traditional Ash Basketry to Aboriginal and non aboriginal communities in order to preserve this craft that is an important part of Maliseet culture and also to enhance the knowledge and growth of Maliseet culture and heritage.