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Workshop: Table-Made Hair Jewelry Bracelet

This class runs Thursday, January 12 from 4–6 pm, Friday and Saturday January 13–14 from 9 am–4 pm, and Sunday, January 15 from 9 am–1 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 Victorian era urges to create beautiful adornments, express personal connections to other, and preserve memories of loved ones. Students in this course will use provided hair to practice making bracelet based on commonly used hair weaving patterns while learning more about the fascinating Swedish history of this craft.

Few know that a center of hairwork in Europe is Våmhus, Sweden, where both men and women have practiced this intricate and highly skilled art or over 200 years. 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+.