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2018 Wild Basketry Workshop Series

A 9-Month Natural Basketry Series with Katie Grove

Natural Basketry Materials
Cordage And Bark Splints
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Harvesting Milkweed For Cordage
Demonstrating The Processing Of Dogbane Stalks
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Grapevine Harvest For Frame Baskets
Harvesting Dogbane And Milkweed In The Field
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Tiny Basket In The Grass
Coiled Grass Basket
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2018 Registration is Open!

After a wildly successful first year of sharing the art of basket making with locally harvested plants in this new workshop series I am excited to open registration for 2018!

I don’t have a fancy registration system so this is how it works: Click the button below and fill out your information. I will then email you to officially confirm your registration. I am doing this step just in case I get more than 10 applicants before I am able to close registration here on the website. Don’t worry, when you fill out the form I will respond as soon as I can so you know you are registered. I’ll also include payment info in that email.

My gratitude goes out to this year’s participants for making it such a wonderful and rewarding journey. I’ve been planning and making some adjustments to next year’s curriculum, including adding another month (9 months is so much better than 8). If you are interested in registering I have only 10 spots. Please review this page, including dates and payment information before filling out the registration form.

– Katie

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? Join this 9 month program to connect to your creative self and the natural world while learning the ancient skill of basket making. 

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 these first few years I am looking forward to sculpting a program alongside inspired groups 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:  9 full day workshops, (The second or third Sunday of each month from April to December)

Sundays

April 15th / May 13th / June 17th / July 15th / August 12th / September 9th / October 14th / November 11 / December 9th

2018 Registration and Tuition

Payment: Includes 9 full day workshops, materials, handouts on all techniques covered, guidance on projects outside of workshops.

$675.00 – $850.00 sliding scale. ($75 – $95 per workshop day).

This year I want to offer payment as a sliding scape system to continue to make this program accessible. Please feel completely comfortable choosing a price that is within your financial means. As a comparison almost all single day workshops I teach end up being approximately $95-$135 including materials.

To register arrange payment by cash or check please email me at katiegroveart@gmail.com or fill out the registration form above. I can write you a paypal invoice as well, but will have to add an additional charge to cover the percentage that paypal takes.

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is due upon registration with the remainder to be payed either in full sum by April 30th. If you would prefer to pay in installments that is completely fine, just contact me so we can arrange a 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, unless you can find someone to take your place.

Refunds/Cancellations

At this time I am not able to offer refunds or financial aid. If you commit to participating and have to cancel you can check with me to see if anyone is on the waiting list. If not, then you will either be responsible for the payment or you can find a friend to take your space. katiegroveart@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your understanding on these policies.

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, 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.
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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. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and have fun! If you have an physical restrictions or anticipate any difficulty  in this aspect of the workshop then let me know before the workshop. 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 partof 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 5 – 10 baskets in many different styles of baskets and techniques**

Day 1 – Intro to Basketry – Harvest spruce roots and red osier, make folded white pine bark baskets

Day 2 – Bark Harvesting – Remove bark from several felled trees, prepare a retting bath for basswood fibers, process materials, learn cordage

Day 3 – Plaited Bark Tool Belt – Cut and split bark strips from what we harvested on day 2,  begin weaving our first project, a medium size bark basket using twill and a variety of other weaves

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 using our basswood cordage from earlier as well as the new materials

Day 8 – Individual Projects – Finish any individual projects or unfinished baskets from earlier in the course, harvest any available materials

Day 9 – Celebrations and Fun with Birch Bark – play with birch bark woven and folded containers and celebrate our 9 months together!

What does it look like to spend a day weaving?

To see some examples of baskets and student experiences from the 2017 program 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. 

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