We featured Helen Gibson for our October 2020 segment of Appalachian Traditions. Appalachian Traditions is a virtual discussion series featuring instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft.
Appalachian Traditions with Helen Gibson
Recording Date: October 19, 2020
Helen, the Folk School’s Resident Woodcarver since 1990, is a Brasstown Carver in the famed local tradition. She studied with Jack Hall and is one of the few instructors who still carves and teaches the Brasstown Nativity figures she illustrates in her books, “Carving the Nativity” and “The Animals of the Nativity.” These, along with her books on carving Moses and St. Francis of Assisi, depict her highly detailed style of carving in the round. Helen teaches workshops throughout the Southeast.
Photos from Helen’s Folk School Woodcarving Classes
Appalachian Traditions is a virtual discussion series with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft. These free, hour-long conversations provide a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process. We’ll explore the historic role of craft in Appalachia, examine its continued relevance today, and learn how practitioners are working to promote their craft and inspire the next generation of traditional makers.
Appalachian Traditions is part of a grant-funded program designed to connect highly-skilled Appalachian craft instructors with present-day students. Although we are not able to hold this series of master-artist-led classes in person, we hope to use this digital platform to celebrate traditional craft and help viewers connect with and learn from master artisans.
If you’ve missed our previous Appalachian Traditions discussions, recordings are available to watch at any time through our YouTube channel.
Hand Carved Nativity Crèche by Helen Gibson
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.