This two-day class will expose students to a variety of basic basket weaving techniques, empowering them to continue exploring basketry after the class ends. Over the weekend, students will make at least two baskets: square-based baskets woven with flat materials and round radiating spoke bases with flat materials. These techniques will open up the world of basketry to interested students and expose them to some of the amazing possibilities, materials, and styles of basketry.
The course includes materials to make FIVE classic baskets. Also included are all basketry tools and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions that show you how to make each basket. Materials include hardwood basketry handles & hoops, and more than enough reed & cane to complete each basket project. Students will leave with the skills and tools to further explore basketry, as well as some extra reed to experiment with at home. This class is for beginners. Some hand strength is required.
2/10-2/11 (weekend workshop) 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday + Sunday
Tuition: $200 + $75 studio fee
522 Congress Street, Room 509
Originally from California, Eric Stark is a teacher, architect, and maker who began his architecture career in Boston. Upon moving to Maine in 2005, he joined the faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta, where he has served as Chair of UMA’s Architecture program for the past 10+ years. In this role, he led the creation of UMA’s Bachelor of Architecture degree program, the only professionally accredited architecture degree in Maine. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the design studio, where he is focused on design process, design with intention, and community partnering. An avid maker, it was a year-long academic sabbatical designed to explore analog and digital ways of making that ignited his love for basketry. As part of his ongoing investigations, he has traveled to Washington, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vermont, and Loch Na Fooey, Ireland to study basket weaving with masters of the craft. He continues to explore various weaving techniques and materials, and has had his work included in a number of group and solo exhibits. His recent work involves coiling sweetgrass with waxed linen thread, attached to stones found on the Maine coast. In this work, he is exploring material, space, and pattern, as well as the zone between the functional and the sculptural. www.madesomethingtoday.com @madesomethingtoday
Supplies: Small wash basin to soak materials, hand towel, water spray bottle, brick or spoke weight, sketch book.
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