Basketry taster: windmill knot and Burkina Faso techniques

Course Dates: 26/10/19 - 16/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
John Page

A four session introduction to basketry, through two intriguing techniques from South East Asia and Africa using traditional English materials rush and willow. Suitable for beginner basketmakers and those wanting to explore different basketry techniques.


What is the course about?

This short course is designed to give you a taste of possibilities enabling you to complete a number of small mats or baskets demonstrating these two techniques. These could be pieces in their own right or samples for future experiments or inspiration for develping projects. You will use the traditional British basketry materials rush and willow to explore basketry techniques used in further afield parts of the world.

What will we cover?

In this short course you will be introduced to the windmill knot and Burkina Faso techniques using willow and rush and you will be encouraged to transfer the skills learned to other materials once they have been mastered.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Make baskets and samples in rush and willow
-Identify a variety of materials that can be used for these two techniques
-Those with previous experience will be stretched in new ways.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at beginners and no prior experience is necessary.
It teaches basic skills and is also suitable to those who wish to build up their knowledge of basketry techniques.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.You should be able to use number to do simple measurements and calculations. Working with willow needs some hand-strength but alternatives could be found if necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by demonstrations, individual guidance, handouts, images, looking at samples and discussing your own and others' work.
No homework will be set but it would be very worthwhile if some repetition were done between sessions in order to consolidate and you will be encouraged to try out your own experiments and explorations.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Most materials will be provided and the college has enough tools for you to use in class.
A notebook and a camera would be useful to make notes and record your work in progress.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are other, more specialised basketry courses throughout the year in Willow and Rush, you could study
VC174 Rush basketry
VC184 Contemporary willow basketry
VC222 Random weave basketry: expore line, form and space.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Brilliant course on a couple of tricky techniques that I haven't found elsewhere. The techniques are great for thinking about 3D structures. The course has plenty of time for experimentation and a variety of materials are available.
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Review by Totallylucid. / (Posted on 19/11/2018)
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Course Code: VC230

Sat, day, 26 Oct - 16 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £152.00

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