Portlandia is pretty grey in the winter. But there’s still lots of fun to be had! Like basketweaving for instance! Being able to carry materials around is super useful and a huge innovation in the history of humanity. There are ample materials available in the Northwest with which to practice this ancient ancestral skill. This winter we harvested a variety of materials for weaving from around the city. We collected whips from different species of Willow, the native Red Twig Dogwood, Alder, English Ivy (an invasive species in the Northwest), Apple and Plum, and Birch. Our friend TJ Harrison hosted a wicker basketry workshop at the Planet Repair Institute, during which we learned to weave our own baskets!