Tapestry Weaving class was piloted this fall term at The Rosewood Initiative location in SE Portland, made possible in partnership with this nonprofit organization. Through our outreach efforts, we had learned from the Rosewood community that a weaving class like this would greatly benefit the community members, especially for immigrant and refugee women, in learning new skills, building confidence, and staying connected with the community through art creation in a safe and welcoming space right in their neighborhood.
Many participants in this 8-week class speak English as second language while some only speak their native language. This class was structured in a way that every participant can be successful in art making that requires minimal linguistic instructions. Rather, emphasis was placed on colors, patterns, the joy of art making, and community building that embraces all languages and cultures.
MAC fiber arts instructor Brittany Stanton was a rock star having taught this class. She states, "It's been a cool growing experience working at Rosewood. Learning to teach without language is fascinating. Thanks so much for getting me connected there and for pursuing future programs in fiber arts so I can keep teaching."
Htay (pictured above on top left) was a fiber artist herself in Myanmar before immigrating to the U.S. She weaved on traditional hand looms, produced and merchandized traditional outfits back home. She describes, "This experience brought up a lot of good memories for me and helped me reconnect with my artistic self. I learned new techniques in this class. I really enjoyed being here."
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