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Table-Made Hair Jewelry Bracelet

This class runs Thursday, November 9 from 4–6 pm, Friday and Saturday, November 10–11 from 9 am–4 pm, and Sunday, November 12 from 9 am–3 pm.

Join Minnesota artist Karen Keenan to explore the Scandinavian art of hairwork jewelry. This unique and almost extinct weaving and needle art sprung from the Victorian era urge to preserve personal connections and memories of loved ones. Students in this course will use provided hair to practice making a bracelet based on 19th century hairwork patterns while learning more about the fascinating history of this craft.

Few know that a center of hairwork training in Europe was Våmhus, Sweden, where both men and women learned this intricate and highly skilled art. While learning to work on a custom made hairwork table, students will discover the story of this community and particularly the women who journeyed far from home to support their families through their craft. Karen will also share her own family’s Våmhus story, her experience of returning there for training, and her study of the American Swedish Institute’s own hairwork collections. This immersive weekend course is perfect for both novice and intermediate hairworkers to dive deeply into this craft.

A $15 materials fee covers all necessary tools and materials for making one bracelet during class. Suitable for ages 18+.