Artist Open Studios Taster Days

Artists Open Studios Taster Days  May 2019  10 – 4.30pm  £70 per course

Why not develop your creativity and expand your understanding of basketry techniques and plant fibres by attending one of my basketry taster days?  To tie in with the Brighton Festival’s Artist Open Studios event at the Turner Dumbrell Workshops, I am offering three separate day long workshops throughout the month of May at The Natural Basketry Studio. Taster days are aimed at practicing artists and makers who are interested in learning about basketry techniques and anyone with a creative mindset who would like to learn some basic basketry techniques and  explore the wealth of materials used in basketry and fibre art. The taster days work well as series but also stand alone. All taster days will be experimental and exploratory in emphasis, with basic basketry techniques being taught as necessary. 

The workshop will be held in the Natural Basketry Studio, Ditchling where my own work and work of guest artists and makers will be exhibited. To book any of the courses below email juliesnaturalbaskets@gmail.com or use the contact page in the menu.

Thursday 9th May  Pick Up Sticks 

On this course we will experiment with using sticks of  colourful homegrown varieties of willow, cornus, rush and other homegrown fibres to make round platters , candle/plant holders or more sculptural and abstract  shapes and forms. We will learn hoop making, some basic joining techniques including pairing and twining . We will use Japanese wrapping and binding structures and forms for inspiration. Participants are invited to bring objects (home made or otherwise) to wrap and bind. We will also look at the work of some contemporary artists using ‘sticks” extensively in their own work. 

Thursday 16th May  Strung Out – hand made cordage and what to do with it

On this course you will learn to make fabulous coloured and textured cordage from common garden plants. We will cover identifying suitable plants for cordage , how to prepare them for making string , introduce two cordage making techniques and briefly explore how hand made cordage can be used in basketry and other craft disciplines. Making your own string is very rewarding and can be addictive ,so be warned! Basketry techniques briefly covered will include looping and making functional and decorative knots.

Thursday 23rd May  On the edge – working at the boundaries of basketry

This workshop will explore plant materials less commonly used in basketry, such as mosses ,lichens, vines, creepers, and dried seed heads. We will look at harvesting material, processes of preservation and decay (retting) in preparing  unusual plants for use in basketry. Some knowledge of basic basketry techniques useful but not essential. This course works particularly well in association with the previous two taster days where basic basketry techniques will be more comprehensively introduced.