Hide Tanning 101: A mini-course | Sept 2-30, 2021


Introducing Hide Tanning 101!
This live online offering is a 5-week training on creating natural textiles.  You will learn the history and cultural relevance behind hide tanning + cover the four natural tanning methods: rawhide, smoke-tanning, mineral tanning, and bark-tanning.  With guidance on methodology + community contexts to pursue this craft, you’ll be ready to dive into hide tanning at your own pace.
See all the details below


The dates

Thursdays in September: Sept 2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30th.

3:30-5:30pm Pacific | 5:30-7:30 Central | 6:30-8:30 Eastern

September, 2021 is a special edition of HT101 because we are offering it live!  From here on out, this course will be downloadable through Fern + Roe, but for the month of September all classes are live.  This means those who sign up now get extra Q+A time and hear more on the story of hide tanning.  Most importantly, those in this live course get to meet other aspiring and seasoned hide tanners, wherever we may be.

The details

If you’ve been with us before in a course or if you’re brand new to hide tanning, we’ve made this accessible to all learners.  It’s got video and written instruction, didactic teaching and discussion learning, and how-to manuals to keep guiding you along in your own journey after the course closes.

Unlike the 6-month Hide Tanning Immersion (a.k.a. Hide Club), you don’t need to follow along by tanning in real time.  Instead, we give you all the details you need to be equipped with hide tanning knowledge and confidence.  You dive into tanning at home, on your own time, anytime.

Regular price: $395  |  Early-bird price: $295 until July 31

Members of First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities are welcome to join for free.  Please email if you’d like to choose this. Thank you!

This mini-course is for you if…
    • You’ve wanted to learn this skill but no one near you practices it
    • You have a love for textiles and the natural world
    • You want to connect to your roots through craft
    • You’re willing to show up, with an open mind + heart and a willingness to hear others’ stories
For this live class only, we are raffling off some amazing prizes as a thank you to the first participants.  Thank you for helping us bring this story of hide tanning to life.  We are raffling 3 prizes for the first cohort:

3. A set of salted hides, ready to tan: one deer skin and one sheep skin

     Value of $100

2. A hide tanning toolkit: your basic tools, plus a waterproof apron, and all in a handmade canvas tote!

     Value of $190

1. A spot in Hide Tanning Immersion (Hide Club) 2022

    Value of $1600!

Your instructors

Adele maskwasowiskwew Arseneau (Caron)

A disabled Nehiyaw/Metis visual artist, Adele was born in BC, far from her family’s traditional territories, the significance of the place and culture in which she was raised, an integral part of her story. Adopted Luk sil loo Clan, Dakelh, her artistic intent is to counteract stereotypes, call  out cultural appropriation and educate from an Indigenous perspective. Previously a painter, she now uses the mediums of beadwork, hidetanning, woodcarving, and digital art to reclaim her displaced heritage and language.

Adele comes from a tradition of hidetanning in her family, however those lines of traditional knowledge were broken before she was able to learn those skills. Determined to become a “full-circle” beader, she completed a hide tanning residency in 2019 with Fern + Roe, and helped mentor the 2021 Hide Tanning Immersion cohort. Dedicated to reconnecting and mentoring those within her cultures, she looks forward to where her artistic journey is going to take her and the community she gets to be a part of along the way.

Adele’s portfolio can be viewed at: or on Instagram at: @metiscaron

Mara Cur

Mara is the curator and organizer behind Fern + Roe.  She was born and raised in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan on the family farm, and moved to the west coast on Coast Salish territories as a teen, and here she remains.  Mara was raised in a settler family where landbased skills and reciprocal land-tending were unknown to her as a youth.  Through her orphanage and her family’s struggles she was propelled to seek European animist ways and folk culture as vessels of reconnection and belonging. Of these, hide tanning has become the focal point of her life and work.

Mara’s hide tanning teaching marries modern technology with ancient, centring Scottish and Eastern European techniques as a foundation.  She is excited take part in the contemporary resurgence of this vital folk craft and loves teaching others.  Mara’s full bio can be read here and her creative works can be found on Instagram at @fern.and.roe.