Introduction to Wicker Basketry

June 7 - June 11, 2024

Introduction to Wicker Basketry


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $90

In this introductory workshop, you will learn the basics of working with round and flat reed to create a variety of functional baskets. We will cover several techniques for making bases and weaving patterns, and you will have the opportunity to create unique variations in your vessels. Participants will leave with at least 3 completed baskets. We will be learning with purchased reed, but these techniques can be transferred to locally harvested vines and other natural fibers, and the instructor will provide information on weaving with material you can harvest in your backyard. All levels are welcome, but moderate hand strength is required.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Angela Eastman

Angela Eastman is an artist and teacher from Hillsborough, North Carolina. She creates jewelry and sculptural work that combine fine metalwork with the language of weaving, and is also a basketmaker focusing on weaving utilitarian baskets from cultivated and wild-harvested natural materials. She is an advocate for craft education as a vital component of understanding the material world we live in. Angela holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, completed the Core Fellowship program at Penland School of Crafts, and has participated in numerous residencies, including at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), the John C Campbell Folk School (NC), the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts (GA), MASS MoCA (MA), Vermont Studio Center (VT), the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (NY), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (OR), and SIM and Nes residencies in Iceland.

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