Explore weaving techniques for a variety of traditional or
non-traditional willow baskets used for foraging, flowers or
storing garden produce. Make round, oval or square work as you gain
a good knowledge of basket structure, using our traditional weaves
for base, sides and border, to make strong handles, or other
details as appropriate to your basket.
Many of us are now more aware of the need for healthy food and less invasive growing methods, hence more of us are growing vegetables and fruit on balconies, in raised beds, or on an allotment, as space allows. These can be transported in traditional or non-traditional willow baskets of various sizes and shapes. This course will investigate some of these possibilities of making suitable baskets used for foraging or in the house for fruit and vegetable storage, as well as for carrying flowers for arranging in the house, they make attractive containers for the kitchen. Please come with any ideas of baskets you may have seen in magazines or shops and any measures you might need if you wish to use them for storage.
During the course you will gain a good knowledge of basket structure, using our traditional weaves for base, sides and border, an ability to make a strong handles, to twist willow for small handles, and other details as appropriate to the basket. You will also have some knowledge of basket history, willow growing, harvesting, preparation and use.
You will work on individual projects, following a discussion with the tutor. There will be group demonstrations, observation of completed objects and samples, by discussion with the group and individually with the tutor.
Please note: we will not be making Sweet Pea cones or other structures to support plant growth as these are covered on other courses.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Mary Butcher is a basketmaker, exhibition curator, writer and teacher. She held a prestigious crafts residency at the V&A's Sackler Centre in 2009. Recent exhibitions include 'This Beloved Earth', The Barony, West Kilbride, Scotland, 'Basketry Making Human Nature' at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich 2012, Re-Making the Past from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and tour, 2014 (a study in Bronze Age Creativity) and 'Dimensions' in Denmark, 2016. She received an MBE for services to basketmaking in 2012 and one of two Crafts Skills Champions Awards in 2013.