Learn about the cultural significance and traditional techniques of Coast Salish weaving in this workshop with Jessica Silvey. Using the cedar that was harvested and prepared by Jessica for the workshop, participants will get to take home their own cedar basket creations along with new insight into this traditional craft.
Jessica is a self-taught weaver of Coast Salish and Portuguese descent of the Silvey family in Egmont, BC. Growing up with her paternal Grandmother she spent many hours in the forest; it is still her favourite place to be, surrounded by cedar trees and silence. Her love of Coast Salish Basketry comes from the cedar root baskets in her Grandmother’s home, baskets of various shapes, sizes and patina’s that were woven by her Aunt’s and Grandmother’s. The memory of those baskets still speaks to Jessica in a silent language that only Weaver’s understand. Jessica has learned traditional techniques from research as well as trial and error. She harvests and prepares her own materials as well as traditional plants for dyes and medicines.