4 Amazing Basketry Workshops 

2 Very Special Basketry Instructors

A unique event co-sponsored by the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum and MERA brings respected instructors Lene Ramsmussen and Joan Carrigan to the schoolhouse August 24 to 27, 2019 to present 4 hands-on basketry workshops featuring a variety of materials and techniques.

 

2 Day Workshop with Lene Rasmussen
Willow Rope Coil Basket
August 24th & 25th starting at 9 am to 4 pm

Course Description:
Students will learn to make a woven base modified to create this special organic form of the basket. The side weave is a rope-coil and each student can choose if they want to finish with handles in the sides or a level border.

Fees:
Material Fee: $65 per student due to the instructor on day 1 of workshop
Course Fee: $155/student due at time of registration

Registration:
To register, please e-mail MERAs administrator Trina Conboy at meraschoolhouse@gmail.com
For more information please e-mail the workshop coordinator, Ankaret Dean at ankaretd@gmail.com

There is a maximum of 8 students.
Beginners Welcome.

Tools for Students to Bring: Pen, paper and a camera. Pair of good, clean and sharp bypass pruners, large awl, rapping iron, measuring tape or ruler, any other willow basketry tools that you may have.

Bio:
www.lakeshorewillows.com
https://www.facebook.com/LakeshoreWillows/
http://salix-willows.blogspot.ca

 

2 Day Workshop with Joan Carrigan
Weaving with Natural Materials of the Pacific Northwest
August 24th & 25th starting at 9 am to 4 pm

Course Description:
This course will begin with a discussion on how to harvest natural materials for basketry such as barks, sedges, rush and grasses. A focus is on materials found in the Pacific Northwest which Joan will be providing. Materials such as red and yellow cedar bark, willow bark, west coast sweetgrass and beargrass will be on hand. Please note, similar materials can be found in our local area, so the skills you learn can be applied repeatedly. On Day 1 participants will have the chance to prepare their own cedar bark for their project. Participants will be able to design their own small basket choosing from the samples presented. A variety of weaving techniques and patterns including plaiting, variations of twining and twill weaves will provide lots of design options. This course is good for beginners as well as experienced weavers.

Fees:
Material Fee: $50/ student due to the instructor on day 1 of workshop
Course Fee: $155/student due at time of registration

Registration:
To register, please e-mail MERAs administrator Trina Conboy at meraschoolhouse@gmail.com
For more information please e-mail the workshop coordinator, Ankaret Dean at ankaretd@gmail.com

There is a minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 10.

Tools for Students to Bring:
Scissors with a sharp point, an old towel, spray bottle, curved upholstery needle, packing tool or awl, knife (Opinel folding knife is my favourite)

Bio: Joan Carrigan is a full-time basket maker and basketry teacher living on Salt Spring Island, BC. Over the past 28 years, her passion for baskets has led her to study, travel and explore many different techniques and materials within the medium. 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 potentials 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.

 

1.5 Day Workshop with Lene Rasmussen
2 Projects: Frame Tray & Simple Tray
August 26th from 9 am to 4 pm and 27th from 9 am to 12 pm

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Course Description:
The frame tray is very pretty and students can make either the oval or the round one. Students can decide at the class which they wish to make.
For the simple tray they can also choose between the iris leaves, willow bark or just a band of finer willow. Students can decide at the class which they wish to make.

Fees:
Material Fee: $35 per student per basket/tray due to the instructor on day 1 of workshop
Course Fee: $120/student due at time of registration

Registration:
To register, please e-mail MERAs administrator Trina Conboy at meraschoolhouse@gmail.com
For more information please e-mail the workshop coordinator, Ankaret Dean at ankaretd@gmail.com

There is a maximum of 8 students.
Beginners Welcome

Tools for Students to Bring:
Pen, paper and a camera. Pair of good, clean and sharp bypass pruners, large awl, rapping iron, measuring tape or ruler, any other willow basketry tools that you may have.

Bio:
www.lakeshorewillows.com
https://www.facebook.com/LakeshoreWillows/
http://salix-willows.blogspot.ca

 

1.5 Day Workshop with Joan Carrigan
Cedar Bark Pouch
August 26th from 9 am to 4 pm and 27th from 9 am to 12 pm

Course Description:
Come join me and weave a beautiful individualized small pouch with plant materials from the Pacific Northwest. Please note, similar materials can be found in our local area, so the skills you learn can be applied repeatedly. Joan uses her pouch to hold a cell phone and ID. We will begin with a discussion on how to respectfully harvest materials followed by a hands-on demonstration of how to prepare the materials we are going to use which include cedar bark, willow bark and sedge. Participants can design their pouch using different weave patterns presented which include a variety of plaiting, twining and twill variations. This course is good for beginners as well as experienced weavers.

Fees:
Material Fee: $50/ student due to the instructor on day 1 of workshop
Course Fee: $120/student due at time of registration

Registration:
To register, please e-mail MERAs administrator Trina Conboy at meraschoolhouse@gmail.com
For more information please e-mail the workshop coordinator, Ankaret Dean at ankaretd@gmail.com

There is a minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 10.

Tools for Students to Bring:
Scissors with a sharp point, an old towel, spray bottle, curved upholstery needle, packing tool, knife. (Opinel folding knife is my favourite)

Bio: Joan Carrigan is a full-time basket maker and basketry teacher living on Salt Spring Island, BC. Over the past 28 years, her passion for baskets has led her to study, travel and explore many different techniques and materials within the medium. 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 potentials 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.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum and MERA
For more information on the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum visit their website at: https://www.lanarkhighlandsbasketrymuseum.ca/