Natural Weaving at Woodlawn Nature Center

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Explore Natural Weaving at Woodlawn

The public is invited to visit Woodlawn Nature Center to explore weaving in the natural world on Saturday, May 16 at 10 am. One of the Center’s educators, Dr. Carla Gull, will lead an interactive presentation to introduce several animals that “weave”, such as the beaver, Baltimore Oriole, spiders, and tent caterpillars. Participants will also explore environmental artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy and Patrick Dougherty, who use weaving techniques with natural materials as part of their artwork. Richard P. Feynman stated, “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

The group will try various options to create garden looms, portable weaving techniques, and more. They will create a simple cardboard loom to use for an optional hike in the woods and can also try the garden loom in the natural playscape area on the grounds at Woodlawn Nature Center. Reservations are appreciated by emailing woodlawnnaturecenteronline@gmail.com. The program is geared for ages 6 through adult. It will be of particular interest to those who like learning about animals, artists, and enjoy creating with natural materials. This beginning workshop is geared for all skill levels.

Woodlawn Nature Center’s woods and natural history museum are located within the Elkhart City limits on Woodlawn Avenue, two blocks East of Cassopolis Street.  The Center is open Thursday from 1PM to 5 PM and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 5pm, or by special appointment. Woodlawn Nature Center celebrates 50 years in Elkhart in 2015.

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