06 Jan Maya Beth
My name is Maya Beth, I am of Ashkenazi and Northern European ancestry raised in the oak woodlands of Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok territory in Northern California. a lifelong craft devotee, cyclically inspired by the muses of leather, wool, clay, cloth, willow and beads. as the granddaughter of a talented seamstress, I started my creative path by making clothes on her inheirited sewing machine. when I attended my first ancestral skills gathering 10 years ago and was introduced to the process of making textile from deer skin I was captured by the storied and dedicated process producing such a strong and beautiful material to sew with. this lead to my deep relationship learning to tan sheepskins like my people before me along with the courting of so many other earth based crafts. making beauty with my hands is the thread that connects me to land, ancestors, the elements, community and my inner wellspring. i feel most alive when I’m inspired and creating as well as sharing what I know and love with others. I’ve been teaching hide tanning workshops for the past 6 years at ancestral skills gatherings on the West Coast including Spirit Weavers as well as private workshops in northern California.
Maya Beth will be sharing Wet felted vessels