Fabric of Life

Vavstuga Weaving School’s
We consider this program to be a unique opportunity for individuals of all skill levels (from no experience to mastery), and all generations to come together for 8 weeks, to learn the technical skills necessary to preserve the Scandinavian Weaving tradition, and to learn what it is to live and learn in community.
This year, with the generosity of the Ddora Foundation, we have four scholarships to offer:
– 2 partial scholarships (based on need) for any individual ages 18-35
– 2 full scholarships (based on need) for anyone from the BIPOC community ages 18-35
This will be our fourth cohort, and each time that we have held this intimate program (we admit only up to 8 students for each time), students have walked away with a deeper understanding of this weaving tradition, of themselves, of what it is to live in community, and with a peer group that continues to be a vital part of their lives as they move forward. If you would like to hear more about their experience, take a few moments to listen to what they have to say directly about their experiences and what they’re doing now.
This year, in particular, because of the landscape of COVID, the continued systemic oppression and racism that has been showing itself more clearly, and the mental and emotional strain of these times, we are particularly thankful to be able to offer a space for people of diverse ages and backgrounds to come together and learn from each other in a way that maintains and supports the health and wellbeing of each individual and their creative spirits.
I welcome the opportunity to have a conversation with you about this program and appreciate any actions that you choose to take to share this with groups and individuals that may benefit from this kind of experience. Thank you for being a part of our virtual community and for filling the world with your love of fibers, textiles, and traditions.
Warmly,
M Rudder (they/them/their)
Programs & Partnerships Facilitator
 
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