2017 Wild Basketry Mentorship

An 8-Month Natural Basketry Series with Katie Grove

Community of Baskets

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With more than a month and a half before the program begins I’m happy to say that all spots are taken in my 2017 program! If reading that makes your heart break then don’t fear– please respond to be put on the waiting list or to get updates for any future programs (I’m dreaming up a winter evening weaving program and some single day workshops this summer…) I am also giving anyone who missed out on this year’s mentorship first dibs on next years. Please feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions for what kind of program YOU want to see in the meantime. 

Are you inspired to develop a deep connection to the art of basketry and the abundant plant materials in our natural landscape? Do you want to learn how to go out into the forests and fields, identify and gather materials, and weave baskets? In 2017 I will be launching a yearly Wild Basketry mentorship program and am looking for inspired individuals to participate and help shape the course for years to come.

Creating this program has been a dream of mine for some time. It is clear to me at this point in my life that introducing people to the plants of my region and guiding them in making beautiful baskets with those plants is my soul’s work. I love teaching day long workshops and am always impressed with the enthusiasm with which my students want to learn more about the plants and the process. I often leave those workshops with a longing to go deeper into the art of basketry with those students — to go out together and harvest plants, process materials, and really dedicate time to the process. That is the seed from which this program grew. Just like learning to weave it is a process, and in this first year I am looking forward to sculpting a program alongside a select group of students that will reoccur for years to come. 

If you are interested in participating  but want to have a conversation or have questions for me after reading the information on this page please email me at katiegroveart@gmail.com. 

Dates // Times // Locations

Location: High Falls, NY.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dates:  8 full day workshops, (The second Sunday per month from May to December)

**These dates are may shift depending on committed participants availability. **note: Sept 17th is the third Sunday instead of the second**

May 7th  /  June 11th   /  July 9th  /   August 13th  /  Sept 17th  /   Oct 8th  /   Nov 12th /   Dec 10th

In this 8 month journey you will...

  • Gain a well rounded understanding of the basic basketry techniques: twining, plaiting, coiling, ribbed basketry, twined bags, cordage, mats, and more. 
  • Work with a variety of materials, including grapevines, honeysuckle, wisteria, white pine bark, inner tree bark (ash, tulip tree, red maple, elm, etc.), cattails, grasses, iris leaves, dogbane, nettle, basswood fiber, willow, red osier dogwood, spruce root, and more depending on availability.
  • Get hands on experience identifying, finding, harvesting, preparing, and processing these local plant materials out in the field. 
  • Receive expert guidance as you make a multitude of baskets.
  • Explore the deeper meanings of working with plants and basketry through readings and discussion
  • Be a part of a community as we walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and harvest gratefully from the earth to make one of the most culturally meaningful objects in history: the basket.

Getting out in nature: hands on harvesting

During this workshop you will learn how to weave baskets. But equally as important and rewarding you will get experience actually harvesting and processing plants. Most of our focus will be on weaving, but on a few class days we will be taking half day field trips to gather materials together. This means we will be spending time out in nature pulling vines out of trees and walking in marshes to harvest cattails. If you have an physical restrictions or anticipate any difficulty  in this aspect of the workshop then don’t worry! There are many aspect to harvesting and if you are unable to wrestle grapevines out of trees then it is equally as valuable to help coil and process them. Working together is the key. Feel free to contact me with any questions about this part of the workshop.

Example Course Schedule

**One of the beautiful things about using natural materials is that we must follow the ebb and flow of the seasons and work with what is available. The below layout is tentative and subject to change depending on material availability and what our group is interested in working on. No matter what the exact schedule, participants can expect to complete 7 – 1 2 baskets in many different styles of baskets and techniques**

Day 1 – Bark Harvesting – Remove bark from several felled trees, prepare a retting bath for basswood fibers, make folded bark pouches

Day 2 – Plaited Bark Tool Belt – Cut and split bark strips from what we harvested on day one,  begin weaving our first project, a medium size bark basket using twill and a variety of other weaves

Day 3 – Bark Tool Belt and Cordage – Continue weaving with bark, finish processing basswood and learn cordage making.

Day 4 – Harvesting Vines- Harvest honeysuckle and grapevine to create a frame for ribbed baskets. Begin putting the basket together and weaving.

Day 5 – Ribbed Baskets – Continue weaving ribbed baskets using the vines, bark, and other materials we have harvested so far.

Day 6 – Cattail Harvest and Coiling – Harvest and process cattails for future projects. Begin  learning to make a coiled basket.

Day 7- Wild Fibers and Twined Bags- Harvest nettles, dogbane, and other fiber and begin making twined bags.

Day 8 – Individual Projects – Finish any individual projects or unfinished baskets from earlier in the course, harvest any available materials, learn any techniques we haven’t covered,  celebrate and reflect on our season together!

Registration and Tuition

$650.00 includes 8 full day workshops, materials, handouts on all techniques covered, guidance on projects outside of workshops.

To register arrange payment by check, cash, or paypal please email me at katiegroveart@gmail.com

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is due upon registration with the remainder to be payed either in full sum by April 30th or in a two or three installment payment plan. Please know that if you sign up for a payment plan and drop out of the course you are still responsible for the remainder of the balance, with exceptions made for emergency situations.

Early Registration and Discounted Tuition

  • If you register before March 15th you will receive a $50.00 discount, making the tuition $600.00
  • Sign up a friend to receive a $50.00 discount.

*These two promotions can not be combined*

At this time I am not able to offer refunds or financial aid, but if you are inspired to participate and are concerned financially please email me at katiegroveart@gmail.com

What does it look like to spend a day weaving?

To see some examples of baskets and student experiences from single day workshops check out the blog posts below or visit my current/past workshops page. There is such an amazing array of students that take my classes and I’m always impressed with the creativity and individuality that comes out when a person sits down and allows themselves the time to make something beautiful with their hands. I can’t wait to see what happens when participants in the mentorship take those skills to the next level in 8 months of weaving!