Intermediate and higher willow basketry: square work
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This is not a beginners course, you will need to have experience in basketry making at intermediate level.
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Course Code: VC257
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Square work is among the most difficult to master in basketry but, you will be led gently through the process of making a blunt cornered rectangular basket, possibly with a lid.
What will we cover?
* making a base on a screw-block
* waling weaves
* finishing with a rod border
More experienced students may be able to create a lid with simple hinges and possibly also a handle with a hasp-and-noose fastening.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Carefully choose suitable materials
• Use a screw-block to make a rectangular base.
• Weave in a number of ways: pairing, waling and randing
• Make tidy blunt corners
• Finish off with a rod border
More advanced students will make a lid with a handle, hinges and a fastening.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is not suitable for beginners.
You need to have some previous experience of willow work such as being able to make a round or oval basket with a rod border, without needing to refer to instructions.
As with any willow work, strong hands are necessary.
Students will be given both verbal and written instructions and there will be a small amount of counting and measuring involved.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by group demonstrations,samples of work and handouts to support your learning.
No homework will be required for this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Willow will be supplied and the college has enough tools for use during class.
However, if you prefer, you can bring your own tools.
A note book and your mobile phone camera will be useful for recording your progress on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of Basketry short courses covering techniques such as willow, plaiting and random weave.
You may also be interested in taking basketry further with the 2 year course. Details on this course will be released soon.
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.