Students choose soft or hard fibres to create a fish-trap inspired sculptural basket with open weave or windowpane twining. The class will start with string making or ‘cordage’ by hand from leaves or raffia which can then be used to hang their fish trap basket.
These baskets look amazing lit up with fairy lights or small LED bulbs.
Materials (Sculptural Basketry): Notepad & pen, secateurs or sharp scissors, hand held spray bottle or atomiser, an old towel, old clothes or an apron, a plastic bag to take home your wet towel, If you have fabric strips, yarn, leather, ribbons, feathers, or shells you have collected or been given which are of significance to you they are welcome. Bring along any plant materials you may have harvested and wish to try weaving with.
Harriet Goodall is an Australian fibre-artist exploring the intersection of craft, art and design using basketry techniques as the foundation. She harvests plant materials from the surrounding bush, coastal gardens and beaches and salvages rusted and decaying farm detritus and weaves them into objects of textural beauty and function. Her aesthetic was profoundly influenced by her country childhood and her creations reference both the ephemeral beauty of nature; feathers, pods, cocoons, bones, moss, eggshells and the detritus of farm life; rusted corrugated iron, wire, netting. Her inspiration comes from the colour, shape and patina of the materials available in the season or place. She finds the practice of weaving meditative, drawing from the timelessness of the ancient global tradition of basketry and women making remarkable functional objects from nature. In Harriet's sell-out weaving workshops, beginners learn how to collect & prepare materials from their surroundings and then weave them into a sculptural basket to take home. The workshop leaves people feeling relaxed and inspired. Workshop participants have said they now scour their parks, beaches and roadsides with a completely new eye - as places brimming with treasure. Harriet's baskets and lights can currently be viewed and commissioned via her website. www.harrietgoodall.com