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Basketry Workshops Program 2014
Discover the ancient and contemplative craft of basketry with professional basket makers Flora Friedmann and Meredith Peach.
Foundation & Friends are very pleased to be hosting another series of basketry workshops in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, in 2014. We have a new workshop by Flora Friedmann, one of the founding members of Basketry NSW. She mostly weaves by twining and waling, using traditional stake and strand basketry but aims for non-traditional shapes which require quite a bit of problem solving at times. Many of her sculptures are also randomly woven.
Meredith (Meri) Peach has had professional careers in both art and biology, with her background in biology informing 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.
For more information on Meri visit 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 on 9231 8182 to book over the phone.
Flora Friedmann Basketry workshop
Learn the technique of constructing a square grid base and build on from this to produce a delightful square basket. The grid base will be woven in natural and dyed cane and the basket walls will be made from natural or dyed bangalow palm inflorescence and/or coral pea vine. The grid is a versatile construction and can be woven into square, rectangular and circular forms and produces a very decorative effect. The traditional basketry techniques of weaving, twining (using two weavers) and waling (using three weavers) will be taught. All materials will be provided and include a comprehensive worksheet to take home.
When: Saturday 1 March, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Bookings essential: Book online or call 9231 8182
Coiled and Twined Basketry with reclaimed materials
On Day 1 of this workshop students will learn the techniques of coiled basketry, where materials are stitched together.
Day 2 of the workshop will be twining (a type of weaving). Students can choose to do either one or both days of the workshop.
Plant materials were traditionally used for basket making, but this workshop features a modern twist, making use of reclaimed materials such as plastic bags, scrap fabrics, onion bags, chip wrappers and scrap wool to create colourful basketry vessels. This is a great way to recycle some waste materials from around the house.
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-degradable kind (e.g. from fashion shops).
Students to bring:
When: Fri 20 and Sat 21 June 9.30 am - 4 pm
Random Weave Sculpture with Meri Peach
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 21 and Saturday 22 November 2014, 9.30 am - 4 pm