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WEAVE – TO FORM BY COMBINING VARIOUS ELEMENTS OR DETAILS INTO A CONNECTED WHOLE.
I am a self taught weaver of Coast Salish and Portugese descent, of the Silvey family of Egmont, BC. Many of my childhood hours were spent with my paternal Grandmother in the forest. It is my favourite place to be, surrounded by cedar tree’s and silence. I have learned traditional techniques from research as well as trial and error. I harvest and prepare my own materials. When I am ready to weave, the most time consuming work has been completed. It is my passion as well as therapy for my soul.
When I was a young girl I was fascinated by the the Cedar Root baskets in my paternal Grandmother’s home, I would admire the patterns, the patina, the fineness of the roots, wondering how my great Grandmother’s and Grand Aunt’s had made these most beautiful baskets. That wonder never left me, it still lives in me, the question “how is this made?” always runs through my mind, I am a self taught weaver, through trial and error I am able to weave those very baskets now. As a Museum Curator I am very lucky to be surrounded by very old baskets daily, it connects me to my art and who I am as a Coast Salish woman, basket weaver and always to my Grandmother.