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Teri Greeves Beaded Tennis Shoe

TERI GREEVES: BEADWORKING & BELONGING

In this lesson, students will study the work of bead artist Teri Greeves. After watching the Craft In America: ORIGINS DVD segment featuring Greeves, students will examine how Greeves’ beadworking signifies and honors her Kiowa heritage. Students will look for examples of decorated garments in their experience that indicate belonging to a group. Following this, students will hand embellish an item of wear with an image symbolic of a particular group.

Grade level: 8-12

Episode: ORIGINS

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ORIGINS episode: Early craft techniques used by these artists are passed on in a continuum of creativity.

Beadworker Teri Greeves shows us the outfit made for her son's naming ceremony.


JIM BASSLER  WOVEN TEXTILE

JAMES BASSLER: WOVEN IN TRADITION

In this lesson, students will explore the work of weaver James Bassler and learn about the basic techniques of weaving. Students will view the ORIGINS segment of Craft in America featuring Bassler. They will discuss the role of technology in craft, as well as consider the importance and origins of weaving in our world. After spending time learning about weaving and dyeing, students will create a piece of woven cloth dyed with indigo.

Grade level: 8-12

Episode: ORIGINS

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Download the Lesson Guide for James Bassler in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.

Jim Bassler, weaver and professor, on Peruvian textiles

Weaver Jim Bassler talks about cochineal and demonstrates a resist-dye technique.

Jim Bassler weaves by hand

Jim Bassler weaving on the loom