"My mind sees that I am nothing, my heart sees that I am everything, between these two poles my life unfolds."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Birch Bark Biting

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' 
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
~ Woody Allen ~

Artists use the bark of trees in innumerable ways; the next few posts will feature some of these creative uses.

Birch Bark Biting is one of the oldest aboriginal art forms. It originated with the Woodland Ojibwa and Cree Nations, but today is only practiced by a handful of artists in Canada. Native art in all it's myriad forms fascinates me to no end.





Here Pat Bruderer (Half Moon Woman) demonstrates and discusses the
history behind birch bark biting. Love her jewellery :)

26 comments:

  1. Yet again, something else I'd never heard of Jane. I'm loving this series! I also loved that lady's jewellery!

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    1. Sulky Kitten, Thanks! I have a turquoise ring that I need to wear more often...

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  2. How lovely! There are so many interesting ways people are creative. Looking forward to your next posts!

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    1. Martha, I'm learning a lot myself - there certainly are a lot of creative people out there!

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  3. Some people have the talent...don't they :)

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    1. I think we all have at least a few - we just need to discover and hone them.

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  4. Yes, I've seen birch bark biting art and it is beautiful. Have never actually seen it done though, so the video was fascinating!!

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    1. I really liked the demo too, I was impressed when she unfolded the piece she'd been working on.

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  5. You always surprise us with fascinating facts, and I each time something that is NEW and amazing, Jane!
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

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    1. The internet is amazing - I learn somthing new myself everyday :)

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  6. I wonder if I can showcase my pencil biting art... seriously though it is amazing.

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    1. Haha, I bet they are true works of art!!

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  7. I found the birch bark biting video very interesting.

    What a novel art to learn!

    This lady's rings are very beautiful.

    Another interesting and learning post Jane.

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    1. Thanks, I'm also enjoying January's look at tree art.

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  8. I am very happy to see birch bark biting featured!! Maybe you could do a series of posts on Native art forms--moose hair tufting, using fish scales, etc.?

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    1. Hi Dianne, Great suggestion, I may choose a month in the very near future to feature Native art.

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  9. Birch Bark Biting! Imagine that! I agree with Elisabeth - I always learn something at your website!! Thanks, Jane!

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    1. Thanks Francie, Maybe we should all keep a few pieces with us to work (gnaw!) at when we're waiting at the dentist's, lol?!!

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  10. I learn so much reading your blog, Jane! This is amazing, I've never heard of anything like this before.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, There are so many amazing artists/art forms out there to learn about.

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  11. I'd never heard of this before - fascinating!

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    1. Hi Annie, There's no end to man's creativity and apparantly, no end to the internet, lol! I think we're all in trouble :)

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  12. Pretty cool art form, for sure. I do wonder if long term it's hard on tooth enamel though.

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    1. Hi Tatiana, Hmmm, a good question...

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