In this introduction to traditional basket making, Ralph Simpson will teach participants how to weave plant fibre into small baskets.
About the instructor:
Ralph Simpson is a Fredericton-based artist whose professional career and artistic practice is a deep engagement with the natural world. He obtained Bachelor of Science in Ecology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Science in Forest Pathology from UNB. Following his retirement as a Forest Research Biologist with the Canadian Federal Government, he fully embraced his creative powers by entering the Aboriginal Visual Art program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He completed the college’s Advanced Studies Program where he was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal for the highest standing of the class of 2016. He also won the Gwen Bear scholarship for the highest standing in the Aboriginal Visual Arts Program.
Since graduation, Ralph continues to explore sculpture and weaving through local, provincial and international residencies. He is a juried member of Craft NB and Nova Scotia Design and Craft Council. He was nominated for the Nel Oudemans Award by curators Sarah Brinkhurst and Vicky Lentz and selected by an independent jury as the 2019 recipient of this award.
Ralph is an exciting emerging visual artist whose work is a fusion of scientific and technical knowledge, deep appreciation for nature materials and a sense of innovation and exploration.