Basketry for Beginners
With Sally Blake
Wednesday > 2 – 4pm
27 February – 3 April
In this workshop participants will learn how to make three-dimensional textiles using two types of basket construction – coiling and twining. We will use a variety of ready-made materials to construct baskets including raffia, thin ropes and wire. Participants will be encouraged to explore materials and to bring in suitable, pliable materials from home. At the completion of the course, participants will have the knowledge to continue exploring these two basketry techniques independently.
About Sally Blake >
Sally Blake’s practice is concerned with visualising the complex relationships and interconnections between the human and natural worlds through textile and paper-based media. To reveal these connections she often works with natural processes and materials such as rain and plants in the creation of artworks. She is particularly concerned with cycles of death, renewal and regeneration, and looks to ecology, psychology and mythology to clarify her ideas. Blake works extensively with locally-sourced plant dyes and has developed the Eucalyptus Dye Database. With the yarns she dyes she makes baskets as representations of place.
Weeks 1 & 2 (27 Feb & 6 Mar)
Learn how to make a basic twined basket using the supplied materials. Beginning, finishing and making patterns in twined baskets will be taught.
Weeks 3 & 4 (13 Mar & 20 Mar)
We will learn how to make a coiled basket using the materials supplied.
Weeks 5 & 6 (27 Mar & 3 Apr)
Participants will be encouraged and supported to undertake their own project. For example, make a basket with the materials they felt most affinity with, exploring new materials from home.
All materials will be provided.
More info >
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.