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Baskets: Working with Flat Materials

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

With Joan Carrigan

$495 [Includes $120 lab fee] class limit 12. Feb 27, 28, 29, Mar 1, 2020 (Thu-Sun 10am-4pm).

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course students will explore weaving techniques associated with flat materials, such as plaiting twill, flat and three-dimensional diagonal plaiting, and single sheet free-form construction. These techniques offer a broad exposure to basketry construction.

Participants will finish five projects using diverse approaches and materials. Students will work with materials such as willow bark, wood/reed splints, and watercolour paper. Demonstrations and discussions will cover how to harvest accessible plant materials and prepare them for use in basketry. The class will also look at the potential of recycled materials.

Joan joins us from BC’s Salt Spring Island.

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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.

Earlier Event: February 19
The Master Hatter: A Study in Hat Making
Later Event: February 28
The Art of Embroidery