Traditional Willow Basketry – 25th August 2019
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Sunday 25th August 2019, 10am – 16:30pm
Students will learn all the fundamental techniques of basketmaking, completing a fruit basket throughout the day. We will work on understanding the structure of a basket, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows. Techniques taught will include tying the slath, pairing weave, joins, staking up, waling weave and a trac border to finish the basket off
We will be making a fruit basket during the day. We will cover all the fundamental techniques of basketmaking The morning will be spent making the base of the basket : cutting stout ‘slath sticks’ and weaving round them to tie them together, then opening them out using a ‘pairing’ weave.
In the afternoon we will ‘stake up’ the bases and weave the sides. There will be an opportunity to experiment with colour in the sides of the baskets, using different varities of willows grown for their varied bark colours.
We will work on understanding the structure of a basket, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows.
Techniques taught will include tying the slath, pairing weave, joins, staking up, waling weave and a trac border to finish the basket off.
Croft Carbon College Education Space, Annex 2 Davidson House, 57 Queen Charlotte St, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7EY
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£30 per person – To receive a concessionary rate please use 30basket upon checkout.
A concessionary rate is available for the following:
- LCCiP Croft members
- Full time students
- Anyone in receipt of the following
- disability allowance
- Carer’s allowance
- Job seekers allowance.
To qualify for a concessionary fee you must be eligible at the time of the course and will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of such.
Anna was drawn to basketmaking whilst her children were tiny and she lived and worked at a small land-focussed housing co-operative set in 50 acres of farmland in Lanarkshire. A want for beautiful toy baskets coupled with the unsuitability of metal work (her previous passion) around toddlers and an abundance of natural materials on the land led her to thinking that making her own baskets would be a good idea. A lot of willow had been planted at the co-operative for habitat creation, wind shelter, and craft use. Anna became aware of the versatility of willow and was inspired by its zero carbon footprint. She loved the fact that she could create a basket with the use of no fossil fuels bar those involved in the production of the secateurs and the chocolate she ate during the harvesting!
Other basketmakers, ludicrous perfectionism, and a fear of making unsturdy products, have greatly helped Anna on her way. She moved to Edinburgh 5 years ago and started selling her products at the Portobello farmer’s market, and teaching locally. She finds passing on skills and knowledge to fascinated people hugely rewarding and now teaches extensively in the city and beyond. She still attends craft markets around the city and sells her work in galleries around Scotland.
She has taught for the Scottish Lime Centre, The Big Tree Society, Palacerigg Country Park, Urban Roots Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspaces Trust, and the Edinburgh Spinners Weavers and Dyers Guild, and Jupiter Artland to name a few. Anna has been the Basketry Tutor at the Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre in Haddington since 2014, and has recently also developed an improvers’ class to run alongside the beginners class; where she has been working with the students to reach new skills and basketry techniques that were not part of the classes before.
Anna also enjoys working on commissions both traditional and modern, repair and restoration work, and larger scale installations…and has completed a willow boat bird hide for children in Fife, woven willow tipis and other installations for the Eden Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, made (and burnt) a re sculpture for the Fire and Light Festival on New Y ear’s Day at the Kelpies in Falkirk, created sculptures on the beach in Portobello, fixed colossal baskets at Jupiter Artland, and in Autumn 2017, worked with the Enchanted Forest to produce three enormous sculptures for their sound and light show near Pitlochry: the theme ‘Edge of the Water’ leading to the creation of three huge woven willow lighthouses.
Anna is a member of the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle, having spent some years on their committee and editing their newsletter for three of those.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 2
- Assessments Yes