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Basketry Workshops Program 2013
Discover the ancient and contemplative craft of basketry with professional basket maker Meredith Peach.
Foundation & Friends are very pleased to be hosting another series of basketry workshops in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, in 2013. Meredith Peach (Meri) has had professional careers in both art and biology, and her biological background informs much of her artwork. Originally an illustrator, she later switched to marine biological research, then resumed her artistic practice in 2002. She now makes basketry pieces from natural plant materials and reclaimed waste products such as plastic bags. Her work ranges from functional to sculptural, and can often be seen in gallery exhibitions as well as the Garden Shops at the Royal Botanic Garden and Mount Tomah. Meri has had several Artist Residencies and regularly teaches basketry workshops. She is a founding member of Basketry NSW and editor of their quarterly newsletter. See www.sharkchic.com.au.
To book a place in a workshop, simply use the online links for each class, or call the Foundation & Friends' office and book over the phone on 9231 8182.
Mixed Media Coiled Basketry
In this workshop students will learn the technique of coiled basketry, where materials are stitched together. Plant materials were traditionally used for this technique, and some plant materials will be provided by Meri, but this workshop also features a modern twist, making use of reclaimed materials such as plastic bags, scrap fabrics, onion bags, chip wrappers and scrap wool to create a colourful basketry bowl. This is a great way to recycle some waste materials from around the house.
Included in the workshop will be discussion around the history and culture of basket making, explanation of gathering and preparation of materials (particularly plant materials and plastics) and demonstrations followed by one-to-one instruction. Instructional notes will be provided.
The tutor Meri will provide all the necessary materials, but students may also bring their own reclaimed materials for experimentation. Flexible material that can be cut into long narrow strips (5 mm wide or less) is suitable; for instance, plastics, fabrics, rubber, leather, wool, mesh, soft wires, electrical cords, other cordage.
Please note that plastic bags from the supermarket checkout are NOT suitable for this workshop; plastic bags should be the smoother, non-rustling kind (e.g. from fashion shops).
Students to bring:
When: Saturday 16 February 2013, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Basketry: Rustic Twining and Cord Making
Discover the ancient and contemplative craft of making beautiful baskets from plant fibres. In this workshop students will learn twining and cord making, some of the oldest craft techniques known.
The versatile technique of twining can be used to make a variety of forms ranging from small delicate vessels to large sturdy sculptures. During the workshop students will make two twined baskets with different materials including vines and strap-leafed plants, and incorporating hand made cord. Included in the workshop will be discussion around the history and culture of basket making, explanation of gathering and preparation of materials, and
Students to bring:
When: Friday 31 May & Saturday 1 June 2013, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Random Weave Sculpture
In this workshop you will learn how to use plants to construct beautiful baskets with unique shapes, textures, colours and scents. You will make a basket incorporating the techniques of random weave and cord making. Included in the workshop will be discussion around the history and culture of basket making, explanation of gathering and preparation of materials, and demonstrations followed by one-to-one instruction. Bring an old towel and sturdy scissors or secateurs. Notes will be provided.
When: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2013, 9.30 am - 4 pm