Enrol in Basketry - Collect & Create
Course Code: ARTS2257
Basketry is one of the oldest crafts, with basket makers using natural materials from the environment to create useful items. Explore the natural world, gather materials, and create your own functional or fanciful baskets. Materials may include willow, alder, sumac and dogwood twigs, cattail leaves, soft rush, cedar or birch bark, and an assortment of vines. Some commercial reed and other material may be combined with these natural materials. Learn to make a small sweet grass basket using material provided by the instructor. For another project, you will gather willow to make a special tray or a basket, as time allows. You will also explore the use of cattail leaves in basketry. Grapevine will be used to make a ribbed basket that incorporates other material that you will gather. Instruction will also address sustainable gathering practices, as well as proper storage and preparation for future use of materials. Previous basketry experience is an asset but is not required.