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2020 Wild Basketry Workshop Series

A 9-Month Natural Basketry Program with Katie Grove

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Knotless Netted Bags With Dogbane, Basswood, And Milkweed Fiber
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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Harvesting Dogbane And Milkweed In The Field
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Tiny Basket In The Grass
Coiled Grass Basket
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Grapevine Harvest For Frame Baskets
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 Registration is now open for 2020 Wild Basketry!

Currently the Sunday class is full and has a waitlist. Wednesday has plenty of space! All info and registration pages are below. If you have any questions email me at Katiegroveart@gmail.com 

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.

Happy Basketweaving!

– Katie

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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SUNDAY CLASS - Wild Basketry 1 2020

Currently FULL- click the link below to get on the waitlist

Location:  Private residences in High Falls, NY, 12440 and Stone Ridge NY 12484.  Addresses upon registration.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dates:  9 full day workshops. 1 SUNDAY per month from April to December 2020

April 26th

May 31st  

June 28th

July 19th

August 16th

September 27th

October 25th

November 22nd

December 13th

WEDNESDAY CLASS - Wild Basketry 1 2020

Location: My studio in Stone Ridge, NY, 12484 and various harvesting locations in the area. Address upon registration.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dates:  9 full day workshops. 1 WEDNESDAY per month from April to December 2020

April 22nd

May 27th

June 24th

July 15th

August 12th

September 23rd

October 21st

November 18th

December 9th

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, April – Intro to Basketry and Pine Bark Baskets- Harvest red osier dogwood, process a white pine tree, make folded white pine bark baskets.

Day 2, May – Inner Bark Harvesting – Learn to remove inner bark from a respectfully harvested tree, process materials, learn cordage making, begin weaving a bark basket

Day 3, June – Woven Bark Basket – Cut and split bark strips from what we harvested on day 2,  continue weaving our first project: a medium size bark basket using regular weave, twill and twining

Day 4, July – All About Vines and Weaving Ribbed Baskets- Harvest bittersweet, grapevine, and more to create a frame for ribbed baskets. Begin putting the basket together and weaving this two day project

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

Day 6, September – Coiled Basketry and Harvest – Harvest and process cattails, grasses, and other seasonally available materials. Make a coiled basket.

Day 7, October- Diagonal Plaited Cattail Basket – learn the versatile technique of diagonal plaiting using cattails. 

Day 8, November – Individual Projects – Choose a technique you felt drawn to, or a new technique, and deepen your relationship to it through a guided individual project. You can also work on unfinished projects from days you may have missed. 

Day 9, December – Wild Fibers and Celebration- Harvest dogbane, and other fiber and learn knotless netted bag making. Celebrate our time together with a potluck lunch.

2020 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 in collaboration with other venues are $85-$135 including materials fees.

Details on payment dates and deposits will be in the welcome email you will receive after registering. 

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. 

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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