About Taproot Video
Taproot Video is an extension of Taproot Folk Arts LLC, a teaching company that has for years taught enthusiastic students across the US. Popular at national weaving, spinning, and crafting conferences, Marilyn has finally decided to embrace technology (she has always been delighted during a power-outage, to sit and spin at her wheel by candlelight – and has tried to ignore computers whenever possible!) and make her classes available to students beyond the classroom in front of her.
A note from Marilyn:
My focus is living folk art crafts. I teach a wide variety, from painting techniques to weaving, from dyeing to beading, the common thread being that all the techniques are each deep-rooted in a culture from around the world. You might say the techniques I teach have all survived the ‘test of time’. They are all real.
My classes are usually loads of fun; my students and I laugh and craft together, each student getting checked-on often – and the teacher getting a good aerobic workout to boot! This is why I don’t need a gym membership; I teach folk arts.
I started out teaching these things to kids at my local home-school co-operative. Because of this, I have developed a way to explain most anything in clear, simple –effective – ways. Time and time again, attendees at conferences will come up to me after class and compliment the class and my teaching style. About once a conference, some student will tell me ‘this was the best class I’ve had in years!’
While I love teaching the adults, my heart still rests with the kids (whom I continue to teach, on a weekly basis, after 15 years). I feel strongly that teaching a youngster that the world is larger than just their home town is critical for their outlook through life, and I have found that making something real, with their own hands, from a far-flung part of the world connects them to other youngsters and gets them noticing (and asking questions about) other peoples and other lands. The tag line on my business card reads “Passing traditional skills on to the next generation…”
I have just started a new project; I have put the first 2 of my classes into video format, and this will make it possible for me to continue to teach kids (and adults too) long after I am too old to keep up the pace of the Teaching Circuit. I plan, before I retire, to get as many of my classes onto DVD as I can. Since I teach some 52 different techniques, I have my work cut out for me. But I love it.
I do have the best job in the world; I travel to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then return to the US to teach enthusiastic students!
Huipil detail; Todos Santos, Guatemala: discontinuous supplementary weft patterning