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Natural Coiled Basketry with Julie Rignell


Saturday 22nd September 2018 - Sunday 23rd September 2018 | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Natural Coiled Basketry with Julie Rignell

Natural Coiled Basketry   Saturday 22nd –  Sunday 23rd September 2018 9.30 am  – 1.30 pm

£95 including all tools and materials

Be inspired ! Capture the spirit of Sussex Prairie Garden and take it home as a basket!

In this workshop we will work with Sussex Prairie plant materials harvested in 2017/2018, alongside other materials to make beautiful ‘exposed core’  coiled baskets where the lovely natural colours of the dried plant material are highlighted. For colour junkies, dyed raffia and coloured linen threads will be available to introduce a shot of ‘flower power’.

Coiling is an ancient and traditional basketry technique used widely around the world to create both functional and ceremonial baskets. A plant fibre core is coiled and stitched together, with the kind of stitching used adding rhythm and extra pattern to the basket. Exposed core basketry lends itself to contemporary basketry and can be used to create sculptural forms as well as functional baskets.

We will cover the basics of identifying suitable plant material, harvesting, drying and storing plant fibres, preparing for coiling, shaping and stitching coiled baskets using three coiling stitches. Coiling is  a slow and meditative basketry technique so participants can expect to make one medium sized mat or a small basket over the weekend.

The course is suitable for beginners/improvers and the teaching will focus on contemporary applications of this ancient technique.

Tutor: Julie Rignell.

I am a former educator, art therapist and psychotherapist with a life long interest in plants , gardening and the natural environment. Always a maker and crafter, I settled on basketry while creating a riverside garden in Normandy where I started to make baskets with some of the plant material generated, rather than just composting or burning it! I recently qualified as a basketmaker via the City Lit and  am now a full time fibre artist and basketmaker, specialising in using non traditional plant fibres in my work.

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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
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      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
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      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
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      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful