On Exhibit:

Nov. 2019-Jan. 2020

Title: “Celebration of Life”- Birchbark quill baby cradle 
Artists: Terri Hom & Pat Kruse, Birchbark Artist
Date: 2019

1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048



"Wiigwaazi: The Evolving Traditions of Birch" art exhibit, will be another year, May 2020-Oct.2020. Stay tuned for actual dates!

Pat Kruse has new and old works at Madeline Island Museum, LaPointe, WI,  in the "Wiigwaazi: The Evolving Traditions of Birch" art exhibit, May 24, 2019-Oct. 19, 2019. Included is a joint art project, a birchbark quill baby cradle, with his apprentice, Terri Hom.

Title: Celebration of Life

Creation: 2019

Medium: Birchbark, birch (wood), undyed and dyed porcupine quills, sinew, sweetgrass, red willow

Measurements:         43 in. length

                                    22 in. width


2018 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) Mentor Fellow Pat Kruse and his apprentice, Terri Hom, collaborated on this birchbark quill art project. The process included gathering birchbark, red willow and dying porcupine quills. Pat created the cradle pattern and constructed the cradle, his apprentice designed and quilled the cradle and both sewed it together.


Inspired by abt. 1860 birchbark quill baby cradle in Dunn Museum, Libertyville, Illinois, this piece is a celebration of life, of children. It’s a reminder children are sacred and gifts from the Creator. The cradle honors children and includes loving and caring for children. To role model and pass on the teachings of love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth. To be responsible for taking good care of children, to protect them so they in turn care for Mother Earth for future generations.

May 24, 2019-Joint art project with Apprentice, Terri Hom, in “Wiigwaazii: The Evolving Traditions of Birch” art exhibit at Madeline Island Museum, LaPointe, Wisconsin.

Terri Hom, Apprentice


Pat Kruse, 2018 NACF Mentor Fellow

Miigwech (Thank you)

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation 

for the fellowship and congratulations

to fellow mentors!!

Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians/descendant of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe), a 2018 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Mentor Fellow is currently working on his collaborative art project with apprentice, Terri Hom (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).


Since June 2018 Pat has been teaching his apprentice quillwork on birchbark, making birchbark baskets, pictureques, scrape bark art, how to harvest birchbark, and dye porcupine quills. Pat is passing on Ojibwe teachings through his art and his apprentice in turn will share and teach others what she is learning. They have visited several museum art collections, conducted on-line research of birchbark/quillwork art, taught several classes/workshops, attended several art shows/exhibits. When their collaborative art project is finished it will be on exhibit. Date and location will be announced later in the year.

Currently, they have birchbark quill baskets in the NATIVE FIBER art exhibit, located at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Rd., Cedarburg, WI, 53012, which runs from Jan. 17, 2019-April 28, 2019.


Go to "Calendar" on website or "Pat Kruse, Birchbark Artist" (@patkrusebirchbark) on Facebook for news and information on upcoming events.

Wheat Field

©2018 by Pat Kruse