Taking weaving classes at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah has enriched my life tremendously. Each class is an opportunity to spend a few days in concentrated learning from excellent instructors in a beautiful community. Each year the roster includes at least one teacher from Norway. Earlier entries on this blog describe a class from Britt Solheim this year and from Ingebjorg Monsen last year.
Lately Vesterheim has been facing financial challenges common to all nonprofit institutions. Also, due to the atrocious exchange rate, it is very costly to offer courses by Norwegian instructors. I think it is up to us to help! Take classes! Watch the website for planned 2010 classes, and mark your calendars now.
The Norwegian instructors who have been chosen to teach at Vesterheim over the years have impressed me with the way they approach their courses – with a strong emphasis on technique and tradition, and a genuine sense of passion and excitement. They also amaze me with their stock of sayings and proverbs! Here are three that Britt mentioned in the skinnfell class this fall.
I would like to teach at Vesterheim in the future, but I think I really have to work on building my stock of sayings.