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Baskets: Working With Flat Materials


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Joan Carrigan

$395 [Includes $90 lab fee] class limit 12. Feb 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018 (Thu Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. This workshop will explore weaving techniques and variations associated with flat materials such as tree barks, wood/reed splints, palm leaves, and paper.

Participants will learn a variety of techniques including plaiting, twill, diagonal plaiting and single sheet free form construction.

These techniques offer a broad exposure to weaving with flat material, and participants will finish several projects using diverse approaches and materials. Demonstration and discussion will cover how to harvest and prepare accessible plant materials for use in basketry as well as potentials for recycled materials.

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About Joan Carrigan

Joan Carrigan is a full-time basketmaker and basketry teacher living on Salt Spring Island, BC. Over the past 25 years, her passion for baskets has led her to study, travel, and explore many different techniques and materials. Joan studied Fine Art and Art History at the University of Guelph, and her love of history has fuelled her research in traditional techniques. Her background in fine art has fuelled her enthusiasm for the sculptural and creative potential that the medium offers. Her inspiration comes from the plant materials she respectfully harvests from nature. 

Joan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received two Project Grants from the Canada Council of the Arts and is the recipient of two Handweavers Guild of America Awards. Joan teaches extensively both close to home and in Europe and finds this to be a very rewarding aspect of her career.

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