Emily spends much of her time working to create what she needs in life. This includes making baskets, harvesting and cooking wild foods, sewing, making leather and more. Emily lives in northern Minnesota and is continually getting to know the land around her through creating useful items. The search for knowledge and experience has brought her from her home in Minnesota, to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers over the years.
Emily is currently an Artisan in Residence in North House's Artisan Development Program where she focuses on her basketry practice and other crafts.
Current Courses Offered by Emily Derke
Birch Bark Basketry
Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke
Basket Making Sampler