Beginner Knots: Karma Mat Making with artist Greg Neitzel

  • Address: 163 E Gower Ave, Offsite Classroom, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
  • Phone: 9713619308


Click here for advance tickets or call (503) 436-0744 for more info
We recommend booking ahead of time. Class space is limited. Class may be canceled in the event of low sign up. 

Description:  The Haystack Rock Awareness Program and the Cannon Beach Arts Association invite you to join Greg Neitzel, local artist and educator who will lead you through an exciting nautical mat weaving class using recycled fishing line collected directly from the local fishing industry in Astoria, OR. Through an innovative approach to recycling, mixed with your imagination and vision, you will create a beautiful one- of-a- kind mat perfect for hanging or utilitarian uses such as a holiday table runner. Not only will you get to take your special creation home with you as a special reminder of your time creating, you will also have contributed as a change maker for ocean stewardship!
CBAA + HRAP look forward to having you join us. All artistic levels welcome in class, beginner +

Student Notes: Please bring a reference photo or two of the bird you intend to draw. Suggested size of the bird head is 4” by 4”. There will be photo references available for you during the workshop as well. All materials will be provided.

All artistic skill levels welcome.
All materials will be provided for class use.

This new series is made possible due to grant assistance from the OCVA, Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Greg Neitzel
Greg learned how to weave mats from repurposed commercial fishing line when he started commercial fishing aboard the F?V BARRACUDA in the era of wooden boats and iron men. After crab season, Captain Al took some old crab line and wove what he called a “chafing mat”.  The mat was tacked down on the wooden deck in a high traffic area to prevent wear and tear on the wooden deck.  After a hard season the mat was discarded to be replaced.  It was regarded as a wooden boar “accessory” and many fishermen who had pride in their craft learned how to weave them. Greg spent his career in the United States Marine Corps where he had Intensive Vietnamese Language Training. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from University of Oregon and his Master of Arts in Teaching  from Willamette University. He has taught in several capacities including Japanese at Westview High School between 2006-2009. He currently spends his time creating in his Ilwaco studio and sharing his love of Karma mat making at Astoria Sunday markets where he believes using the fisherman’s rope in new creative ways brings good karmic energy to the local fishing industry he has spent so much of his life supporting.

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*Cancellation Policy