Basketry techniques for contemporary craft makers
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VC225
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
All crafts have their specific materials and techniques but can often benefit from cross-fertilization. In recent years basketry’s potential has become increasingly recognized as a possible vehicle for artistic expression. This course is a brief introduction to a number of basketry techniques, some even predating pottery, which might be used or adapted for other arts and crafts and in contemporary ways.
What will we cover?
Depending on the composition and desires of the class we will look at techniques such as:
• Looping and Netting
• Lashings & Knots
You will be able to adapt the above techniques to your own particular practice as jeweller, potter, fine artist, sculptor and traditional basket maker.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The possible outcomes are numerous and varied. Selecting approaches that are appropriate to your area of interest, you could explore the potential to make light but strong structures (large or small) from plaiting and random weave, or construct cordage for many uses, from lashing hefty objects together to delicate stringing of objects or beads.
Or, you might learn looping and netting to create flexible structures suited to the use of wire and string.
You could exploit the potential of plants such as rush to make functional items such as baskets, mats, shoes and handles for bags These are just some of the possibilities and a great variety of materials can be employed, including cane and packing tape, plants, plastic bags, newspaper, cloth, wire, string, willow and more.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Recognise the potential of a variety of basketry techniques
• Select and use a number of basketry techniques for your own purposes
• Produce a personal collection of samples and work employing basketry techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for beginners and those with some previous basketry experience.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information. You will be expected to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, technical handouts, looking at illustration/samples, group discussion, individual tutorials in class and, progress checks between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of the course however, you will be expected to use your own materials for any work you do outside class in your chosen practice.
As with any similar class, a notebook should always be brought in and a camera may be found useful for recording your progression, that of others and samples.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wealth of contemporary craft courses that can develop or enhance your existing skills suitable for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners
Please browse City Lit website for our upcoming courses.
John was introduced to basketry by a Crafts Council exhibition in 1999, where he was impressed enough to undertake a four-year City & Guilds course in creative basketry at the City Lit. This has transmogrified into the two-year VA190 course John now runs and teaches on. John's specialty is rushwork but he is comfortable with other materials and techniques and encourages experimental work following sound and basic groundwork. John believes that craft work is an essential human occupation. When not teaching basketry John repairs harps.
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.