European Travels April 2015

Travelling again, teaching and researching in Europe.

First stop Lyon where I stayed opposite the train station

view of Lyon

view of Lyon

In Lyon I had a look at the turban on the head of a mummie at the Confluence Museum.Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 22.13.03This is an earlier attempt at replicating that mummie’s turban. I wanting to make a more exact replica.

Then I went for a walk in the city park

Public park in Lyon, France.

Public park in Lyon, France.

I hear it was snowing back in Winnipeg.

Off to Belgium, where my friend was waiting for me at the train station.

Frieda has taken to finger weaving like a duck to water.

Frieda has taken to finger weaving like a duck to water.

Frieda hosted me for the better part of a week. Together we visited the lace museum in Calais, France, the Gemeentemuseum in TheHague, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. We saw lots of sprang. Many of the items in these collections were made by Elizabeth VanReesema. Photos of these pieces are in books, but photos just do not do justice to them.

Taught classes in Sint-Job-in-‘t-Goor, fingerweaving one day, sprang the next. Such a pleasure to share these techniques with people who are eager to learn.

sprang class in Sint-Job

Sprang class in Sint-Job-in-‘t-Goor

Finger weaving students admire their work.

Finger weaving students admire their work.

An arrow pattern, created by a keen student

An arrow pattern, created by a keen student

Many thanks to Ina and Frieda who organized these workshops, and made everything possible.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *