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Baskets: Working with Round Materials

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

$495 [Includes $120 lab fee] class limit 12. Mar 26, 27, 28, 29, 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 round materials, such as open weave twining, wicker/wailing variations, rib construction, and random weave. These four techniques offer a broad-based exposure to basketry and permit experimentation with shaping and design. The class will be provided a large selection of dyed round reeds as the primary material. Demonstrations and discussions will cover how to harvest and prepare round materials found in nature, such as willow, vines, and roots.

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: March 21
Reverse Pattern-Drafting
Later Event: March 28
Obsessive Chain-Stitch