Lyndsey Brollini

2023 Project AwardMultidisciplineFolk & Traditional Arts + Media Arts

2023 Project Award

Brollini, a Haida weaver and multimedia storyteller, knows that two challenges in cedar bark weaving are access to cedar and access to weaving teachers. She wants to understand the process of how a basket or hat is made from beginning to end. She will expand her knowledge of Haida weaving techniques and the histories of basketry design by traveling to other communities in Southeast Alaska to shadow weavers as they teach, gather materials and weave hats and baskets.

She will learn how to harvest and process cedar bark and will investigate the specific basketry techniques of false embroidery, six-weaver ending and rattletop lid construction. Using the knowledge gained from these weavers, Brollini plans to create a large cedar bark basket with a false embroidery basket ending.

To help others gain access to this knowledge, Brollini will also document her learning through high quality photographs and video. She plans to create video resources and an online library of Haida weaving techniques so that current and future weaving teachers and students can access this knowledge across space and time.

Artwork samples

Voices on the Land with Ed Littlefield: This video shows Brollini’s filming and editing work as it relates to Alaska Native culture.

Lyndsey Brollini weavings: Top: utilitarian hat, red and yellow cedar / 2019. Left: cedar hat woven with instruction from Holly Churchill using plaiting, two-way and three-way twining and a tricky six-way ending. red and yellow cedar / 2022. Middle: boujee basket made with a chasing technique with two rows woven at once. Red, yellow and dyed cedar / 2019. Right: “Upside down COVID basket,” Lingít style compared to Brollini’s usual Haida style, so seems upside down. Red, yellow and dyed cedar / 2020.