Lecture and Demonstration on the Technique and History of Twined Fiber Art by fiber artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan on Friday July 12, 2013, at 3pm and 7pm.

The NLM is pleased to present a lecture and demonstration on the technique and history of twined fiber art by fiber artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan on Friday July 12, 2013, at 3pm and 7pm.

Vera, an indigenous Abenaki Vermont artist, has preserved the tradition of her ancestors and is the last known Native American New England family making twined, plant-fiber pieces. Vera harvests several plant fiber species, pulls their long fibers and twists them into cordage. This cordage is then woven, twined or knotted into twined bags, baskets and textiles. Today Vera combines family tradition with knowledge of Wabanaki culture to create a unique combination of ancient and contemporary pieces.

Vera also recreates historical pieces using archival documents, drawings and paintings from the 17th to the 19th century. Taught by her father, she is teaching her two children the art of twining to preserve this ancient art form. Her dedicated and careful studies provide a unique glimpse into native culture. Vera’s art is exhibited in private and public collections across the United States, Canada, and recently Germany.

The two presentations will be held on Friday July 12, 2013, at the Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum, in Williamstown, ON. Each presentation will include a short documentary film, a lecture and a demonstration on this ancient art form. The first lecture is scheduled for 3pm and the second for 7pm.

Admission to the Lecture is $10/each. Please call and reserve your seat in advance as space is limited (30 seats per session only)!

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