Cloth, Community, and Culture: Apprenticeships in an Era of Digital Learning

Taylor Dooley Burden (South Arts)

In an era where traditional art skills can be taught online through YouTube videos, educational learning platforms, and private web-based courses, apprenticeships remain an invaluable and incomparable means of exchanging traditional knowledge. This presentation follows my journey as a weaving apprentice and my experience learning to weave under a master artist in my community versus in isolation. My reflection of this experience as an apprentice and folklorist highlights that while digital learning methods teach cloth production, these resources can never provide the opportunities to partake in local traditions and participate in vibrant community the way my apprenticeship has allowed.

Part of 04-02 Folklore Methodologies in Teaching and Learning, Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am