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Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild
History Highlights

The following history highlights, year by year, Basketry Guild key information, programs and events. Care has been taken to accurately list highlights organized and sponsored by the Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild.

1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

1997

Key Dates and Information:
April - Basketry Guild initiated
May - First Guild meeting with 8 members
August - First program organized with decisions: membership year to begin in September, monthly meetings, informal structure (Treasurer, Guild Contact, Membership), annual fees set at $12

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
September - Joan Carrigan and Dorothy Patton: Rush placemats
October - Cornucopias with members' collected materials
November - Dorothy Patton: Christmas decorations with ribbon and tule rush

Social Events and Field Trips:
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Joan Carrigan's

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1998

Key Dates and Information:
April - "Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild" formalized through application to Gulf Islands Community Arts Council, with 32 members

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Lorna Cammaert: Tension trays with natural materials
March - Judy Hill on her collection of northwest coastal baskets
May - Mary Morden on native plants and their uses in basketry
June - Ankaret Dean, Editor of Basketry Express, and well-known Ontario basketmaker on her work and international basketry travels
July - Lorna Cammaert: Dyeing reed, Kelp baskets
October - Heather Campbell: Bread dough baskets
November - Lionel Demandre on working with willow
December - Christmas decorations

Social Events and Field Trips:
August - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
October - First basketry retreat to Tofino
November - Visit Sooke kelp basketmakers, Annie Boquist, Lori Messer, Pia Carroll
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Pat Bennett's

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1999

Key Dates and Information:
April - ArtSpring opens with first gallery show featuring "2x6 Woodworkers Exhibition" and SSI Basketry Guild as invited guest exhibitors, (ran for 16 days)
June - Basketry Focus, Canadian biennial basketry conference in Naramata, BC
August - Basketry Guild's first ArtCraft Showcase exhibition, Mahon Hall on SSI
September - First Basketry Section at Fall Fair (separate from Weaving)
December - Food Bank donation of $330

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Fah Ambers: Cedar rope-making
February - Denise McCann-Beck, Joan Carrigan, Donna Cochran on Plants in the Basket Garden and auction
March/April/May - Joan Carrigan, Donna Cochran, Pat Bennett, Lorna Cammaert: Making a basket over 3 meetings (bases-sides-rims)
June - Melinda Mayhall, Toronto basketmaker and instructor at Basketry Focus, on her work and contemporary basketry
July - Dorothy Gill Barnes, Ohio basketmaker, on her work with bark
October - Christmas decorations (fundraiser for Food Bank)

Social Events and Field Trips:
July - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
August - Rush harvest and potluck at Chrislon Robinson's
September - Visit Akerman Museum (on SSI) to view northwest coastal basketry collection
September - Second annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Pat Bennett's

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2000

Key Dates and Information:
June/July - Second Guild ArtCraft Showcase (opened 30 June)
August - "Willow Week" instructor/student exhibition and instructor presentations at ArtSpring
December - Food Bank donation of $236.06

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Joan Carrigan on cedar bark gathering and preparation
February - Lorna Cammaert: Round cedar basket
March - Delores Churchill, Master Haida basketmaker, on Haida basketry (as part of the SSI Millennium Project), plus workshops
April - Guild auction
May - Bring an unfinished basket to finish
August - "Willow Week" SSI basketry conference with 6 instructors (Werner Turtschi - Switzerland, Vicky Lash and Debbie McClelIand - Washington State, Rae Hunter - Alberta, Alastair Heseltine - Hornby Island, BC, Lionel Demandre - SSI), including talks given by each instructor and instructor/student exhibition at ArtSpring
September - John Oblati on his Thai and Asian basket collection and basketry import business, Rafflesia
October - Christmas ornaments
November - Joan Carrigan on working with Dorothy Gill Barnes in Ohio and a video of Dorothy's latest show

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
July - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Third annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Libby Jutras'

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2001

Key Dates and Information:
July - Third Guild ArtCraft Showcase
December - Food Bank donation of $382.75

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Making a mystery basket(members bring materials for a basket in a brown paper bag to exchange)
February - Guild auction
March - Denise McCann-Beck and Donna Cochran: Playing with gourds
May - Cheryl Massey, Guild member from Whistler, on working with kelp
June - Bread dough baskets at Heather Campbell's
November - Illtyd Perkins, (woodworker, SSI), rush chair seating demonstration

Social Events and Field Trips:
April - Dr. Nancy Turner, University of Victoria, Prof of Ethnobotany, guided walk through John Dean Provincial Park on Saanich Peninsula identifying plants and how they are used in basketry
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
July - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Fourth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Libby Jutras'

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2002

Key Dates and Information:
July/August - Handweavers' Guild of America's Convergence biennial fibre Conference in Vancouver
July - Liberty Bakery, (family of Anna Gustafson), hosted Guild exhibition of baskets in natural materials as part of Convergence, Vancouver
August - "Supernaturals", fourth Guild ArtCraft Showcase

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Holly Churchill, Master Haida basketmaker, on Haida basketry
February - Judy Zugish from Fishsticks Basketry School in Marysville, Washington State, on her visit to Japan and Japanese basketry
February - Brown Bag Basket
March - Jane Stafford (weaver/Jane Stafford Textiles) on Using Colour
April - Guild auction
October - Christmas ornaments
November - Denise McCann-Beck on her willow workshops in England

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
July - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Fifth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party and cookie exchange at Patti Whittaker's

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2003

Key Dates and Information:
July - "Branching Out" Basketry Conference on SSI with 8 instructors (Werner Turtschi - Switzerland, Susie Thomson and Adrian Charlton - UK, Nikolai and Ludmila Shishkin - Russia, Sue Marvin - Washington State, Joan Carrigan - SSI, Rae Hunter - Alberta)
July - "Branching Out, Too", fifth Guild ArtCraft Showcase during "Branching Out" Basketry Conference

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Karen Selk, Treenway Silks (SSI), on "Silk Roads Travels and Collecting Baskets" from her travels in Asia
February - Brown Bag Basket
March - Guild auction
April - Shirlee Lewis: Making cedar bark paper and molding it for baskets
May - Kate Maguire: Knots for basketry
October - Susan Paynter: Making Luminaria (lanterns)
November - Gus Mitchell (SSI), on his fishing creel collection

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
July - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann Beck's
September - Sixth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2004

Key Dates and Information:
July - "A Common Strand", sixth Guild ArtCraft Showcase

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Carol Dodd and Donna Cochran: Making besoms (brooms) with collected materials
March - Kathryn (Kitty) Bernick, Archaeologist, on basketry finds in archaeological digs
June - Bread dough baskets and potluck at Heather Campbell's
October - Denise McCann-Beck: Playing with gourds
November - Kathy Rousso on "Beyond the Rainbow: Maguey (agave fibre) Textiles in Guatemala", plus workshop on making Guatemalan Loops Baskets

Social Events and Field Trips:
February - Visit Royal BC Museum, Victoria, to view their basketry collection
September - Seventh annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2005

Key Dates and Information:
July - "Basketry Fusion", seventh Guild ArtCraft Showcase
September - SSI Basketry Guild fees raised to $15
December - Food Bank donation of $200

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Karen Selk, Treenway Silks: Silk Fusion Workshop
April - Sue Marvin: Twined basket with hexagonal lid
May - Jackie Abrams, paper basketmaker from Vermont, on "Paper as Object", her work and other paper artists
October - Elna Gravelle: Woven fabric baskets
November - Joan Carrigan on her trip to Japan

Social Events and Field Trips:
March - Visit Royal BC Museum, Victoria, to view their basketry collection
June - Visit basketmakers and willow growers on Denman and Hornby Islands and Merville on Vancouver Island
September - Eighth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2006

Key Dates and Information:
June - "Touch Wood", collaborative exhibition of Woodworkers'/Basketry Guilds at ArtSpring
July - "The Guilded Basket", eighth ArtCraft Showcase
September - SSI Basketry Guild fees raised to $20

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Denise McCann-Beck: Playing with gourds
March - Judy Hill on her collection of northwest coastal baskets
April - Shirlee Lewis: Basic Papermaking Techniques for Basketry
May - Joan Carrigan: Rush bowl
October - Kelly Wilson: Willow Polish Tatzka knot
November - Joan Carrigan: A new way of making random baskets

Social Events and Field Trips:
January - Video and popcorn night at Denise McCann-Beck's
June - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Ninth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2007

Key Dates and Information:
August - "Of Clay and Wattles Made", collaborative exhibition of SSI Basketry and Potters' Guilds, ninth Guild ArtCraft Showcase

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Guild auction
March - Rae Hunter: Whimsical willow lanterns
April - Denise McCann-Beck: Cedar pouch necklace/glasses case
April - Dr Kate Wotton, on her basketry collection from years of working in health projects internationally
May - Joan Carrigan: Spiral garlic basket with (Eva Seidenfaden's) Burkina weave
October - Guild members on their European Basketry Vacation
November - Elna Gravelle: Mini-burden basket

Social Events and Field Trips:
January - Video and popcorn night at Denise McCann-Beck's
June - Tule tug and potluck BBQ at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Tenth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2008

Key Dates and Information:
July - "Out on a Limb", tenth Guild ArtCraft Showcase
September - "Sticks and Stone", collaborative exhibition of SSI Basketry and Potters' Guilds at ArtSpring

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Joan Carrigan on her basketry travels
February - Johanne Byskov: Willow tray and rattle weave techniques
April - Denise McCann-Beck: Cedar pouch necklace/glasses case
April - Heather Martin-McNab on working with basketmakers at Gone Rural Basket Coop in Swaziland
May - Lorna Cammaert: Cedar bark harvesting and preparation
August - Nancy Moore Bess: Japanese packaging, hexagonal weave with cane and collage techniques workshop
August - Nancy Moore Bess, (Massacheusetts basetmaker and author of 'Bamboo in Japan'), on bamboo and her travels in Japan
September - Eva Seidenfaden, (Vissinggaard, Denmark), on setting up two Basketry Coops in Burkina Faso, West Africa
October - Susan Brown and Elna Gravelle: Fun Packages working with paper and embellishments
November - Donna Cochran: Back to Basics (two baskets with different bases, sides and rims)

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
September - Eleventh annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2009

Key Dates and Information:
August - "Twist & Twine", eleventh Guild ArtCraft Showcase
December - Food Bank donation of $200

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Willow harvesting at Denise McCann-Beck's
March - Show and Tell, bring a basket that has a story
April - Joan Carrigan and Lorna Cammaert: Cedar bark preparation
May - Denise McCann-Beck on her basketry travels (and potluck)
August - Jill Nordfors Clark, Washington State: Needle-lacing techniques, working with hog gut and natural materials workshop
August - Jill Nordfors Clark, Washington State, on her influences and her sculptural work using hog gut and natural materials
October - Bring your unfinished basket to finish
November - Joan Carrigan: Looping, knotless netting and entrapping an object to make jewellery or other small items
November - Donna Cochran: Cloverleaf base basket with varied side weaves and rims

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Tule tug at Denise McCann-Beck's
September - Twelfth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Patti Whittaker's

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2010

Key Dates and Information:
August - "100-Mile Basket", twelfth ArtCraft Showcase
December - Food Bank donation of $200

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Willow harvesting at Denise McCann-Beck's
February - Guild auction
March - Denise McCann-Beck: Living willow weaving
March - Terry Ridings: All about knots
March - Kelly Wilson: Willow Irish Potato Harvesting Basket
April - Joan Carrigan: Small diagonal-plaited pouch using paper
May - Show and Tell, bring a basket that has a story
May - Jackie Simpson: Pine needle basket with lid
October - Marlene Samper on her work with indigenous weavers in the Calanoa Natural Reserve, Colombia
November - Johanne Byskov: Willow projects, trays, rattles

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Honeysuckle gathering and potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
October - Thirteenth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Denise McCann-Beck's

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2011

Key Dates and Information:
September - SSI Basketry Guild fees raised to $25
October - Decision made to start a Guild website
December - Temaris and snowflakes donated to Seeds for Malawi to be sold at Fulford Christmas Craft Fair

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
January - Joan Carrigan on "Combining Two Passions: Basketry and Travel"
February - Willow harvesting at Denise McCann-Beck's
February - Judy Zugish, Fishsticks Basketry School in Marysville, WA, on her work and basketry materials grown at Fishsticks
February - Judy Zugish: "Willow Skins Jive" twilled willow skeins and "Bamboo Interplay" bamboo free-form basket workshops
March - Denise McCann-Beck and Melanie Thompson: Decorating gourds
April - Melanie Thompson on her Emily Carr (Vancouver) art courses
May - Sue Marvin, Seattle, WA: Triple-walled cedar and cedar-ash baskets
August - Dr Margaret Mathewson, Ethnobotanist from Oregon, on her European museum visits
August - Dr Margaret Mathewson: Small pouch with wrapped twining and overlay twining in natural materials workshop
October - Christmas ornaments
November - Joan Carrigan on her trip to Denmark, Germany and France (and working with David Drew)

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - potluck BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
September - Fourteenth annual Tofino retreat

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2012

Key Dates and Information:
April - Guild website launched
December - Food Bank donation of $200
December - Guild basketry display for one month in Ganges storefront

Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - May Henderson, Carol Dodd, Melanie Thompson on their trip to Colombia and the Calanoa Natural Reserve
March - Sue Hiley Harris, Welsh/Australian sculptor/weaver, on "Ancestor Bags", abstract weavings depicting four generations of her family
March - Joan Carrigan: Trays with willow frames and willow bark
October - Jim Erickson displayed and talked about his extensive basketry collection in his Salt Spring home

Social Events and Field Trips:
June - Field trip to Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver
September - Fifteenth annual Tofino retreat
December - Christmas party at Georgette Pauker's

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2013

Key Dates and Information:
March - New Salt Spring Library invited Guild for first show of community art in lobby wall display case
Guild Presentations and Workshops:
February - Jane Stafford, (www.janestaffordtextiles.com) on the work of the Maiwa Foundation (www.maiwa.com) and her 2011 trip with them to India
March - Katherine Lewis (www.dunbargardens.com) on her 2011 willow travels in Europe
March - Katherine Lewis: Joe Hogan-style stake and strand potato basket tray
April - Joan Carrigan and Donna Cochran - "Pulling Something Out of the Bag", surprise bags of basketry materials to make something creative in an hour
May - Eva Seidenfaden (www.vissinggaard.com) on her basketry adventures in Africa and her work with spirals
July - Sharon Kallis (www.sharonkallis.com) on her fibre arts practice and working with invasive species
July - Sharon Kallis: Invasive species basketry using blackberry
Social Events and Field Trips:
May - Field trip to Judy Hill's Gallery and native basket collection in Duncan
September - Sixteenth annual Tofino retreat
November - Field trip to Royal British Columbia Museum to view select baskets from their collection
December - Christmas party at Valerie Fedoruk's

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2014

Key Dates and Information:
Facebook page launched www.facebook.com/ssibasketry guild
Guild Presentations and Workshops:
March - Kelly Wilson: Basic willow workshop
April - Sharon Kallis (www.sharonkallis.com) on her fibre arts practice and working with invasive species
April - Sharon Kallis: Invasive species basketry using English ivy
May - Joan Carrigan: Willow garden structures
October - Jennifer Healey: Fun with gourds
November - Linda Jules (www.lindajulesprints.com) on her work as a sculptural printmaker
November - Linda Jules: Folded paper baskets based on traditional birch bark baskets

Social Events and Field Trips:
December - Christmas party at Valerie Fedoruk's

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2015

Key Dates and Information:
Guild Presentations and Workshops:
March - Basketry travels with Joan Carrigan
April - Willow workshops: 1-day for beginners and 2-day for intermediate/advanced
May - Donna Cochran: making chickens and eggs for Poultry in Motion (Fall Fair)
November - Elna Gravelle: Making fabric beads
November - Vicky L: Wrapping rocks
November - Donna Cochran: Making twill stars
Social Events and Field Trips:
February - Movie and popcorn night, Valerie Fedoruk's
June - Potluck/BBQ at Maracaibo, Masayo Hora's
October - Starting the Guild year: membership renewal and program discussion, Fran Sainas's

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2016

Key Dates and Information:
Guild Presentations and Workshops:
March - Joan Carrigan: Living willow columns and willow woven plant pot covers
March - Karen Selk: Showing her basketry collection from around the world
April - Alison Irwin: Following the paper trail, her work with woven paper
May - Heather Campbell: Making baskets out of bread dough
November - Joan Carrigan: presentation on the Big Willow Event in Denmark and the Emma Lake Artist Collaboration in Saskatchewan.
November - Melanie Thompson: Making "Necklaces from Nature"

Social Events and Field Trips:
March - Guild social with show and share at Donna Cochran's
September - Starting the Guild year: membership renewal and program discussion at Patti Whittaker's

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2017

Key Dates and Information:
Guild Presentations and Workshops: January - Making cordage with a variety of materials at Carol Dodd's
March - Debbie McClelland: Making a mad weave basket from paper
April - Kelly Wilson: Making a willow rope coil basket
May - Bring a project to start, finish or just work on

Social Events and Field Trips:
September - Potluck gathering to start the guild year at Carol Dodd's

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