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Dr. Theresa Kamper
Dr. Theresa Emmerich Kamper

Dr. Theresa Kamper

Theresa has been practicing traditional living skills including tanning skins using a variety of technologies for over 25 years. She is originally from the state of Wyoming in the United States, where she was lucky enough to grow up as part of a family of outdoor enthusiasts.

This enthusiasm extended to hunting, fishing and trapping in the vast tracks of wilderness surrounding her home town. Learning to tan was a natural offshoot of the attempt to use as much of the animal as possible and had the added bonus of producing a beautiful end product. Theresa teaches various tannage types such as fat tan, vegetable tan, alum taw and rawhide production to groups ranging from bush craft practitioners to University students drawing on her extensive personal experience and research background to provide a broad understanding of the tanning process.

Theresa is an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology of all kinds, and has followed this interest into the academic field of Experimental Archaeology, in which she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Exeter. She also holds a doctorate (PhD) from the same institution, on the microscopic analysis of prehistoric tanning technologies. She is currently an honorary research fellow with the University of Exeter and teaches practical courses across Europe, North America and the Near East on various tannage technologies as well as continuing to engage in research projects with a broad array of museum and academic institutions.

In addition to her specialisation in tanning technologies, Theresa also teaches and demonstrates a wide range of traditional living skills including; the construction and use of traditional weapons, the use of plant and animal fibres, patterning and clothing construction, basketry, clay processing, pottery manufacture and firing, shelter construction and use, friction fire lighting and basic flint knapping and the construction and use of stone tools.

2021-05-04 Threads from Nature
2021-05-05 Tanning in a day

Sessions by Theresa Emmerich Kamper

4 may 2021 – MASTERCLASS

5 may 2021 – MASTERCLASS