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Coiled Basketry Keepsake

with Julie Rignell

Sat 10 April
10:00 am
- 4:30 pm

£75 inc. materials, hot drinks/biscuits + entrance to the museum (lunch not included)

With so many aspects of life profoundly affected by the pandemic, many people have found solace and comfort in nature. Chiming with the environmental theme of the exhibition, this workshop harnesses the healing power of natural materials and forms. Each participant will have the opportunity to bring a natural object or treasure which can be wrapped or contained to create a small sculptural basketry form.

Coiled basketry is a slow, meditative stitch-based basketry technique. Low tech, versatile and transferable to a wide range of plant materials and textiles, the technique is easy to master. By working small, participants can expect to complete one or two basketry keepsakes depending on size.

Participants are invited to bring a couple of hold in the palm sized natural objects or treasures to build their basket around. Suitable forms include pebbles, stones, fossils, small ceramic vessels and plant materials such as pinecones, nuts or seed pods. All basketry materials will be provided but if students have dried plant fibres they would like to use in their work, they are welcome to bring them along.

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Please bring a packed lunch or you can buy takeaway from The Green Welly café in the village.

Julies practice as a basketmaker and fibre artist has grown out of a lifelong engagement with plants, gardening and the natural world, alongside an interest in heritage crafts. Julie studied basketry with well known basketmakers in the UK before training more intensively through the flagship City Lit two-year Basketry Course. In her practice, she specialises in using unusual and home-grown plant fibres in her work.

Using ancient and traditional basketry techniques from around the world, her work encompasses functional and sculptural forms with a contemporary element. Every piece is unique and reflects her engagement with the natural environment and the seasonal cycle of the gardening year.

Julie is a member of the UK Basketmakers Association and Basketmakers’ Dozen – a collective of basketmakers from around the UK who train and exhibit together regularly. Julie will be showing at Gallery 57 in Arundel this year.

Please note: the date of this event has been changed to 10th April 2021.


Covid-19 Safety Information

  • We will invite you to sanitise your hands before entering the building. Please bring your own hand sanitiser for personal use throughout the day too.
  • You will have your own workspace and set of tools to use for the duration of the workshop which will have been disinfected before use.
  • This workshop will take place in the Clore Learning Space which has good ventilation.
  • We have new filming and projection equipment to avoid crowing round one table to see demonstrations.
  • Please ensure you wear a face covering when you are walking about the room but you do not need to wear one when you are sat down creating.  You can find out more information about the face covering regulations here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided but if you want to bring your own flask please do.
  • There will be the opportunity to go outside at lunchtime. Takeaway sandwiches are available to buy in the village from The Green Welly café.
  • The workshop will start with ½ an hour for you to look about the museum before we open to the public.
  • Please follow the latest Government social distancing and hygiene guidance throughout the workshop.
  • Please note, visitor data will be kept on record for 21 days after your visit in line with the government requirement to assist the NHS Test and Trace programme. Your data will only be used for this purpose and will be deleted after 21 days.

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