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Sculptural Basketry: Explorations in Weaving

November 2019 in the Hudson Valley, New York State

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Listen / 21″21″x17″ / Grapevine, Honeysuckle Vine, Elm Inner Bark, Western Red Cedar / NFS
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Twining With Alternative Materials
A Beautifully Creative Piece With A Found Object Base And Black Walnut Bark
Making Miniature Baskets
Wild And Fun!
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These Are Baskets By A Couple Who Were Taking The Workshop Together!
Cactus Wren Nest In A Sotol Plant
Walk Slow  /  5″ X 5″ X 5″  /  Honeysuckle Vine, White Ash Inner Bark  // SOLD
Listen (small)  /  9”x10”x5”  /  Wisteria Vine, Elm Inner Bark, Black Walnut Bark, Black Walnut Dye / $225
The Infamous Basket Hat
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STUDIO // Nests And More Nests
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A weekend of exploration with wild harvested plants and found materials

Saturday and Sunday November 16th and 17th 2019

Using random weave, twining, and more 

Want to explore the sculptural aspects of basketry? In this free form basketry workshop participants will have an opportunity to play with materials and creativity to make projects of their own design under expert guidance. Imagine a table full of birch bark, vines, cattails, pine needles, wood, branches, paper, wire, and other found materials and the freedom to explore. The techniques we focus on will be random weave and twining- both of which are great for working sculpturally. However, I will have many baskets around for inspiration and if another technique is interesting to you we will incorporate it as well. Everyone’s projects will turn out completely differently and unique depending on their choices of material and technique.

Who is this class for?

This class is great for anyone who is inspired by sculptural and free form art, artists and craftspeople of any level, and those who want to simply spend a weekend playing and having fun with materials. While it is helpful to have taken a class with me before, it is not a pre-requisite for signing up for this workshop. For participants who are first time basket makers we can look to example baskets of mine for what you might want to create.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to experiment with and incorporate into their baskets. Wire, fabric, wool, yarn, plastics; anything long and flexible or interesting and sculptural is fair game! Students will have the opportunity to either work on one larger basket or several small ones. 

Signing up

Details, dates, info about the weekend are below. If you want to sign up please click the green button below to register. Due to the individualized nature of the class the size will be limited to 6-8 participants so sign up soon!

Thanks and I can’t wait to make baskets together!

-Katie

LOCATION

Old Kings Highway, Stone Ridge NY 12484 

DATES 

Saturday November 16th, 10:00 – 5:00

Sunday November 17th, 10:00 – 5:00

COST 

$285 for the weekend

INCLUDES 

  • All locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make either one large basket or several smaller ones.
  • Handouts on the techniques covered
  • Snacks and beverages

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING

  • Lunch. Some snacks will be included, but bring a lunch for yourself. There is a great food co-op down the street if you want to go out for food.
  • A few tools and supplies – this will be detailed in the registration email.
  • Any materials of your own that you want to experiment with incorporating into the baskets.

WHERE TO STAY

If you are traveling to the workshop there are many lovely places to spend the night locally. Here are a few links to the ones I am somewhat familiar with and a google search will find you more. Nearby Kingston and New Paltz also have motels and hotels.

AIR BNB:

Here is a link to air bnbs in the area 

Bed and Breakfasts:

The 1850s House

The Arbor BNB

Camping:

Creekview Campsites

Weaving the Basket

The techniques in focus: Random weave, Twining, and More

Random weave is one of my absolute favorites. While it is called ‘random’ there is really a lot of technique and strategy involved in creating a solid and well-balanced basket with it. It is perfect for vines and longer materials and for incorporating fun found materials.

Twining is technique in which two weavers are twined around splints to create a tightly woven and solid basket. Used by people all over the world, twining is a technique that can be adapted to use with many different long flexible materials. In this class we will use locally harvested cattails, basswood fiber, dogbane, and other materials for weavers and inner tree bark from a variety of tree species for the stakes. Throughout the weekend we will cover how to find, harvest, and process the multitude of natural materials that we utilize in the baskets for those who are excited to get out in the field and collect materials for your own baskets at home.

What does a day of basketry look like?

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. 

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