Basketry: weaving in willow
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VC220
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This courses will guide you through a step by step process to make a round willow basket. You will be provided with a thorough reference to traditional willow skills. You will learn about how willow is grown and prepared, and what tools are used in traditional functional basketmaking.
What will we cover?
We will cover the selection and preparation of willow, making a simple round base, several weaving techniques including pairing, waling and randing. You will learn to make a simple rod border.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Select willow suitable for different stages of the basket
- Weave willow using several different techniques
- Complete a round basket
Advanced students should be able to:¿
- Build on existing basketry knowledge
- Explore how weaves can be manipulated to give different effects
- Make a double rod twisted handle.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners and those who have made some willow baskets but would like to reinforce their basic skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical course. You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. There will be examples and pictures to help you. Handouts can be accessed via our Google Classroom eLearning platform. Details on how to login will be sent prior to the start of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of courses in Basketry and Contemporary Crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.
Award winning basketmaker and sculptor Debbie Hall has been teaching basketry for over twenty years, and loves passing on her passion to others. She has studied with many well-respected makers, including here at City Lit, and during her 2-year Creative Basketry course was awarded the Barbara Maynard Cup (2010) and an adult Learners Award (2011). As well as making, exhibiting and working with living willow, she runs regular basketry workshops from her home studio in Cambridgeshire and has taught for many other organisations including the Basketmakers Association and Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Though she specialises in willow and has a good grounding in traditional techniques, she has experience with a broad spectrum of materials, and is excited by experimentation. Her diverse artistic background (with a first degree in Fine Art and an MA in Illustration) has led her to explore interesting angles within her own work, and to become particularly interested in nurturing the creative potential in her students.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.