I’m very excited to announce that from January 2023 I am going to be teaching basketry at evening classes at Morley College in south London. I started my textiles journey at Morley more than 10 years ago, so it’s great to be going back!
The course is on Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm. In the first term (10 January to 21 March) we will be focusing on plaiting. This simple check weave (over one, under one) is surprisingly versatile – you can do it straight, on the bias, or skewed. You can use it to make 3D vessels, flat pouches and mats. Any material that is long and flexible can be used, from long plant leaves to paper, card, and plastic strapping tape, so it’s great for foragers and recyclers. You can also create pattern and experiment with colour by mixing materials and adding overlays.
I’ve been putting together a few samples to show its flexibility.
The course is called Creative Basketry, so there will be a strong element of experimentation. After teaching the basic techniques I will be encouraging students to experiment, perhaps making a series of pieces in different materials, or playing with pattern and colour.