Collection Connections: Birchbark Weaving

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Collection Connections: Birchbark Weaving

February 10, 2021 (Noon-1:00 PM CT) with Beth Homa Kraus

Level of Instruction
Everyone welcome.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with basket weaver and Vesterheim instructor Beth Homa-Kraus, joined by Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik, as they highlight birch bark objects from the collection. Beth will discuss birch bark basket making and harvesting, and will look at its historical uses.

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 pieces from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist.

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 class.

Enrollment Deadline: February 8, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Beth Homa Kraus

Beth Homa Kraus

Beth Homa Kraus is a full-time basket weaver in Minnesota's Twin Cities. After studying painting at Hamline University and working as a caseworker for the homeless in Baltimore, she interned at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. During her internship, Beth learned many traditional crafts, including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. This sparked her obsession with birch bark, which is now her main medium. She locally and sustainably harvests and processes her own materials by hand. Always trying to come up with new and usable birch bark items, she explores the mathematical grids of weave patterns using traditional techniques to make custom orders. Beth teaches birch basketry classes at North House, American Swedish Institute, the Weavers’ Guild, and Vesterheim, and hosts an annual Basket Camp. Through communal learning, public demonstrations, and facilitating harvests, she shares her love for this durable and beautiful material with people.