Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations between the museum’s collections staff and folk-art school instructors. Highlighting the incredible folk-art collection at Vesterheim, these conversations are also opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each gathering will highlight a piece or two from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. The online gathering will also include the opportunity for the small group of participants to show and share what you’re working on in the safe way we can – digitally!
Share your lunch break with Wisconsin fiber-arts-tool geek Donna Kallner, joined by Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik, in a conversation about some of the collection's tools for nålbinding, knitting, and netting, as well as tools used for spinning threads for those techniques. Then, connect with other makers for a short time to ask questions or share one thing you are working on during this time of staying home.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.
Enrollment Deadline: August 22, 2020
After many years of teaching netting and other looping techniques, Wisconsin fiber artist Donna Kallner finally got the hang of nålbinding in a class at Vesterheim. Now, she partners with local shepherds to source fleeces for spinning (with a twist that makes her yarns particularly suited for nålbinding and knitting Continental). Donna also grows and gathers plant materials for dyeing yarns that reflect the local color of rural northern Wisconsin.