Skip to content

Author Sylvia Olsen “Working with Wool” Presentation

March 11, 2012

Baaad Anna’s is excited to host an evening with Sylvia Olsen, author of “Working with Wool:  A Coast Salish Legacy & the Cowichan Sweater”

 

 

Friday, April 20th

7pm

Cost: $5 – $20 (sliding scale)

About “Working with Wool“:

“The rugged design of the Cowichan sweater, made famous by First Nations knitters from Vancouver Island, is readily recognizable. Known for its durability and windproof warmth int he harshest West Coast weather, the Cowichan sweater is also a striking symbol of the social, economic and cultural effects of European colonization on First Nations in Canada. In Working With Wool, author and knitter Sylvia Olsen recounts one of Vancouver Island’s most compelling stories: the history of the development and use of textiles by First Nations in the Pacific Northwest and the transition from traditional blanket-making to the Cowichan-sweater industry of the 20th century.”

About Sylvia Olsen:

“Sylvia Olsen was born and brought up in Victoria, BC. At seventeen she married and moved to Tsartlip First Nation. For more than thirty years she lived and worked and raised her four children in the Tsartlip community. Sylvia is a historian specializing in Native/white relations in Canada. As a writer, she often finds herself exploring the in-between places where Native and non-Native people meet.”

Advertisements
6 Comments leave one →
  1. hrynkiw permalink
    March 20, 2012 3:42 pm

    Do you want us to pre-register for the session, or just show up?

    And what does “sliding scale” (next to Cost) mean?

  2. Jenny permalink
    March 17, 2012 2:19 am

    I was super excited to see the flyer advertising this a Fibres West today! I recently read her book and gave a presentation on it at our Guild. I really can’t wait for this. Thank you so much for hosting it!

  3. Ginette Nielsen permalink
    March 12, 2012 8:03 pm

    I read Sylvia’s book last fall. What a fabulous story. It was inspiring and at times filled me with anger towards the shop keepers that underpaid the First Nation’s women for their incredible sweaters. I’m sure this will be a wonderful evening for knitters and anyone who is interested in the history of the Cowichan sweater.
    Ginette Nielsen

Trackbacks

  1. Cowichan Style and Country Roving | Baaad Anna's: not your mama's yarn store
  2. Briggs & Little « Baaad Anna's: not your mama's yarn store
  3. *NEW* Sylvia Olsen Workshop « Baaad Anna's: not your mama's yarn store

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: