Bamboo - flexible, hollow, strong and beautiful - has become more popular in the United States in the past decade. Used in industry for everything from clothing to flooring to beauty products, bamboo has long been revered as a fine art, craft, and architectural material in other parts of the world. Come discover the allure of this sustainable material as we slice, split, sew, drill and bend the remarkable bamboo plant. Learn how to use tools and apply technique in order to create finished pieces. Instructor demonstrations and mini-lectures will be plentiful.
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Charissa Brock has been a studio artist for the past 17 years, and has worked with bamboo for the past twelve years. She holds an M.F.A. in fiber arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Charissa serves as the coordinator for the American Craft Society Arts and Crafts Awards, which honor artists for their innovative use of bamboo as an art material. Her work is held in collections nationwide. http://www.charissabrock.com