There are many different constructions for building square work, during this course, you will concentrate on two approaches. One will be to explore building the base in a traditional block; the second will be to use a simple dovetailed frame that can be made in your lap. Both options will give you the opportunity to attach stakes using the scallom technique.
You will use both home grown and commercially grown willow with the bark on.
The aim of this course is to thoroughly cover the processes involved in choosing the right scale of material for the job in hand and to learn how to handle that material to achieve the best results. You will discuss the choice of build and what influences these kinds of technical decisions. You will work at a pace that ensures that you will be able to return home and repeat the process independently. Depending on speed and ability, you can expect to complete one or two pieces.
Throughout the course there will be the opportunity for conversation about many other basket making processes such as growing, harvesting, soaking, tools and earning a living through basketry.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Jenny Crisp is a professional basket maker and willow grower with over 35 years of experience. Completing a degree in woven textiles at Farnham Art College she went on to do a one year apprenticeship in growing and making with distinguished basket maker David Drew, sponsored by the Crafts Council.
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