West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Creative Basketry

This is a a special opportunity to work with Georgia on a one day workshop to explore the possibilities of using a variety of willow, rush, hedgerow and natural material from the moss to create special unique vessels. Georgia is the author of the well used book Basket Making. She has had wonderful exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh spring 2012 and Birnham Institute. Did you see here wonderful golfing figures created for the Ryder Cup? so it is really fantastic that she has again agreed to share some of her knowledge here at West Moss-side.

Title Creative Basketry with Georgia Crook

Over the one day you will create an unique vase shaped vessel. The workshop will concentrate on using willow and lots of other hedgerow materials with other materials  incorporated into your piece.  Although based upon the application of traditional techniques you will be producing creative and experimental basketry of both sculptural and functional form.   Because you will be using materials of your choice the techneques of weaving and forms what you will be able to create will vary. Georgia will demonstrate different techniques for different materials.We think that we will focuss on coiling in the course.

About the tutor
Georgia Crook
Georgia uses wild materials found around her home to make her inventive and unusual baskets. She has had work shown in galleries and exhibitions all over the British Isles and in Europe, and has a piece of work in the permanent collection of the National Museums of Scotland...
We're very lucky indeed to have her here. (Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills

No previous skills are required to come on this workshop although some understanding of basic basket making techniques would be useful.

Course format

Georgia will demonstrate different techniques for different materials. Although based on traditional basket making techniques this will be a really special opportunity to benefit from Georgia's expertise. The day will be structured to ensure that you each produce a vessel/ creation in the time available but there will be a chance to experiment and to practice using different materials. 

After completing this course...

You will have created a piece which will be unique.  You will also have learnt how to deal with different material and how to extend your basic basketry skills into something which has no bounds!  

Duration This is a one-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Accomodation Check out the Trossachs Yurts to make a real weekend of it. Access to the workshop in the evenings too.
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?
Participants could bring some of their own material /ideas and we could discuss how to go about incorporating it into their piece. I will bring some samples of my own work along for ideas for those who would like a little more direction.   You will need a notebook.  Don't forget your camera too!
Are there any other related courses I can attend?