My mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, is seeking Palestinian women (must be Oregon residents) that are interested in apprenticing with her for one year to learn traditional Palestinian embroidery. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn this indigenous, endangered craft from a woman who has spent her life mastering Palestinian embroidery. The commitment is not one to take lightly. You will need to commit to the apprenticeship for one year, through the Oregon Folklife Network, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The typical schedule will be to meet with my mother 3-hours every other week, and to dedicate hours of personal time outside of the class working on your independent project throughout the year.
Traditional arts express a community's heritage and living cultural practices. TAAP recognizes the knowledge and skills of excellent folk and traditional artists by assisting accomplished mentors to pass on their living traditions to promising apprentices of the same cultural heritage and community. The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) documents, supports, and celebrates traditional arts and cultural practices in Oregon. OFN makes a meaningful difference in communities and Tribes by empowering tradition keepers to pass on their skills and knowledge. To learn more about the program, you can visit the Oregon Folklife Network website.
If you are interested in working with my mother, please contact me directly. For the Oregon Folklife Network TAAP opportunity, you will need to be a co-applicant with approval from the mentor (my mother). Therefore you should not apply without discussing your project idea and interests directly with my mother first. Applications are due March 1, 2017.