Spend the day with Amanda Tanner exploring the art of basket making. Baskets of hope were created by Amanda as a direct response to the graves discovered at Canadian Residential School sites in 2021. Amanda has initiated and led a Community Reconciliation Project that has brought over 25 creative makers from High River and area to contribute to a visual art installation that wrapped the entrance structure to George Lane Memorial Park in High River, Alberta. Within the art installment, Amanda attached the baskets of hope to represent the possibilities for the future.
In this workshop, you will engage in the process of making miniature coiled baskets using an assortment of yarn, combined with grass, and other vegetation from the land.
Audience: Teens (13+) and Adults
Experience: No experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.
Suggested items to bring: scissors, needle nose pliers, bits of plant and fibres that are special to you and your reconciliation journey.
Leighton Centre has the required tools but you may decide to continue work beyond class time depending on the size of basket you choose to create.
Registration cost: $ 56.07
In honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, all profits from this workshop will go directly to the Awo Taan Women’s Shelter.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will only be issued to participants if the workshop is cancelled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or Covid-19 restrictions. Workshops may be cancelled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.
Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note or a positive COVID 19 rapid test and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.
Artist/ Instructor Biography:
Amanda discovered her affinity for the Fibre art processes during her studies at Alberta College of Art & Design where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her connection and relationship with the natural world are continually explored through both materials and visual imagery.
Following graduation, Amanda worked as a florist in the community of High River and has stayed connected to the Fibre Arts through her membership with the Sheep Creek Weavers and Fibre Artists Guild. Amanda has taught felting classes in multiple Southern Alberta communities and has shown and sold her fibre-based artworks to private collectors and through local galleries. More recently Amanda has been leading community-based Art Projects in High River and volunteers on the High River Performing Arts Foundation board. Currently, Amanda is an Art and Nature Educator for the Leighton Education Centre.