Sheila Ziman

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Sheila Ziman & biodiversity basketsSheila Ziman’s work reflects her environment – she draws inspiration and materials from surrounding woods, fields, and waters.  She is particularly interested in experimenting with materials gathered from nature.  In addition, she produces unique quillwork designs on birch bark.  Her baskets have been exhibited in galleries and craft shows across Ontario.  Sheila has led a variety of basketry workshops and has taught basketry at the Haliburton School of Art and Design.

Sheila will be offering an intense, all-day every-day, weeklong workshop in Basketry, similar to workshops we have in the past with canoe building and dry stone walling. The class will be limited to 10-12 people. Here is the course description:

Basketry is one of the oldest crafts and has always made use of natural materials growing nearby.  During this week you will learn how to sustainably gather a variety of materials from the local environment, including but not limited to cattails, rush and willow.  You will create a number of baskets using the material you gather.  In addition, the instructor will provide either sweetgrass or Siberian Iris leaves to make a small coiled basket. Quillwork on birch bark will also be demonstrated.  No experience with basketry required.