Damascus apartment residents looking to keep their hands busy or create their own handmade artistic works can learn from some of the Portland
area's best teachers at the Damascus Fiber Art School.
The school was created in 2005 by local resident Audrey Moore, who had operated the former Damascus Pioneer Craft School for years. Moore's skill in creating beautiful tapestries using the Navajo style looms has been renowned throughout the region, and her work has appeared in galleries and exhibitions around the Portland area. It is at the Damascus Fiber Art School where she has imparted her wisdom and teachings on local apartment residents.
At the school, apartment residents can learn to weave on a Navajo style loom, using traditional wooden tools and being led by the steady hand of seasoned instructors. There are also courses which teach Damascus apartment residents the fine skills of knitting and spinning, while resident weavers will teach residents how to create ornate Native American baskets. Locals can also sign up to learn about acid dye techniques. The skills they pick up at the Damascus Fiber Art School can be applied to create any number of artistic pieces, clothing or other fabrics.
The art school is a source of pride for those who rent apartments in Damascus and are looking for a way to get in touch with their creative side. Aside from designing beautiful crafts, they'll also learn the unique cultural history of the corner of the Pacific Northwest that they call home.
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