Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia



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:

  • sturdy scissors
  • tapestry or embroidery needle size 18-22
  • thimble (optional)

When: Fri 20 and Sat 21 June 9.30 am - 4 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre,  Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Single Day: Member $130, Non Member $150
Both Days: Member $260, Non Member $300
Cost includes materials, morning tea and lunch
Bookings essential: Book online, or call the office on 9231 8182

Coiled basket from recycled materials 



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
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: members $260, non-members $300, includes morning tea and lunch and materials
Bookings essential: Book online  or call the office on 9231 8182