The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials.
WILD BASKETRY: COILED BASKETS
Make a basket from iris leaves growing in the beautiful garden of Charleston. You'll stitch the leaves with twined hemp, to make a basket that's sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar-sized objects. Learn about which garden leaves you can use, how and when to harvest them, and how to process them ready for basket-making. You'll leave with all the knowledge you need to make another yourself after the course. You can expect a mellow day of gentle basket-making, which will get you looking at your garden plants in a whole new light.
This technique is suitable for all levels (including beginners) and doesn't require a high level of manual strength.
About the tutor:
"My practice, working with plant fibres and clay, is concerned with origins and connection, with the beauty of natural materials and an immersion in the sensory experience of making. I'm fascinated by vessel forms and the space they hold within. I'm in my element with the challenge of working outdoors with foraged materials. My work is also informed by having lived and worked in remote areas of Sudan and Ethiopia, and by extended periods of silent contemplative practice close to nature. My most recent body of work, exhibited in London and Brighton, is vessels from clay and plant fibres.
Current and recent work includes staff training at Stonehenge, for English Heritage (in Neolithic basket-making); staff training for Historic England; a community project for the Charleston Trust (home of the Bloomsbury Group). Recent commissions include Neolithic-style pots for the Education Collection at Brighton Museum. "