Create a series of five baskets, both traditional and sculptural, formal and whimsical, which nest inside each other. Mastering a range of basketry techniques, including coiling, plaiting, braiding and twining, explore how to link the nested forms using a variety of materials, techniques and interpretations. Starting small and building confidence, the size of each form increases. Participants will use a range of native plants including leaves of plants such as lomandra, wetland rushes and barks sourced from the South Coast and Southern Highlands by Mary. The techniques of harvesting and preparing fibres will be discussed and the process of eco-dyeing basketry materials and silk fabric with eucalyptus and barks will be demonstrated. Other fibres such as silk, linen, raffia, hemp and cotton will be incorporated into the designs of each basket for colour and texture contrasts.
Mary Preece has over 30 years experience as an art and design educator, including roles as head of art department and residential tutor. A practising and exhibiting visual artist, Mary currently works in textiles, basketry, drawing and printmaking. The baskets and coiled forms Mary creates from locally sourced materials are inspired by research into, and documentation of, the flora of the Shoalhaven. Mary held an exhibition of basketry, Arabesque at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in 2018. In her current working life, Mary leads Bundanon Trust’s education team. https://www.reedsandvines.com/
Level: Beginner-Intermediate | Cost: $765 + 90 materials
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