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2019 Wild Basketry Workshop Series

A 9-Month Natural Basketry Program 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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Making Miniature Baskets
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Folded Birch Bark Baskets With Katie Grove
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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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2019 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS LIVE.

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 basketry. 

Creating this program was  a dream of mine for some time and seeing it blossom has been absolutely incredible. 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 single day workshops and am always impressed with my student’s enthusiasm and desire 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.

This year I will also be expanding to offer two Wild Basketry 1 classes: one on Saturdays and one on Thursdays! The content of each class will be very similar. Each class has 9 spots and you can only sign up for one of the classes. 

Below are the dates for each class, information about tuition, and directions for registration. If you have any questions after reading it all please email me at Katiegroveart@gmail.com If you want to register the directions are below. I expect this series will fill up so don’t wait! 

WILD BASKETRY 1: SATURDAY CLASS

Location: A private residence in the town of High Falls, NY, 12440. Address upon registration.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dates:  9 full day workshops. 1 SATURDAY per month from April to December 2019.

April 13th

May 18th

June 15th

July 6th

August 10th                                                                         

September 14th

October 5th

November 9th

December 7th

REGISTRATION 

To register for the Wild Basketry Saturday class email me at Katiegroveart@gmail.com using the subject line SATURDAY WILD BASKETRY REGISTRATION.

When I receive your registration I will respond within a day with confirmation and the rest of your registration and payment info.

WILD BASKETRY 1: THURSDAY CLASS

Location: My studio in Stone Ridge, NY, 12484. Address upon registration.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dates:  9 full day workshops. 1 THURSDAY per month from April to December 2019.

April 18th

May 16th

June 6th

July 11th

August 15th

September 19

October 10th

November 7th

December 5th

REGISTRATION 

To register for the Wild Basketry Thursday class email me at Katiegroveart@gmail.com using the subject line THURSDAY WILD BASKETRY REGISTRATION.

When I receive your registration I will respond within a day with confirmation and the rest of your registration and payment info.

2019 Tuition and Policies

Payment:

$725.00 – $900.00 sliding scale. ($80 – $100 per workshop day).

Includes 9 full day workshops, materials, handouts on the techniques covered, and guidance on projects outside of workshops.

Payment is offered as a sliding scale system to continue to make this program accessible. Please feel comfortable choosing a price that is within your financial means. As a comparison, almost all single day workshops I teach are $85-$135 including materials fees.

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is due upon registration to be paid via check or cash.

The remainder is to be payed in full sum by March 2nd 2019 to be paid via check or cash. 

More details will be in the welcome email you will receive after registering, 

Payment Plans

If you would prefer to pay in two or three installments specify this in your registration email. We will decide on dates for each payment and I’ll email you a reminder a week before each date. 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.

Refunds/Cancellations

At this time I am not able to offer refunds upon cancellation. If you commit to participating and have to cancel before the series begins 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.

Thank you so much for your understanding on these policies. I do my best to be flexible and supportive so please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to talk before registering. 

In this 9 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 red osier, process a white pine tree, 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 and 2018 programs 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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