2 Day Basketry Workshop, 2/15 + 2/16

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2 Day Basketry Workshop, 2/15 + 2/16


with Peeta Tinay

Saturday + Sunday February 15th + 16th, 10-6

Limit 7 students

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Are you new to basket making or always wanted to take a workshop? Come cut your teeth on a challenging, rewarding and substantial beginning basket. Made baskets in the past? Come brush up on your skills and learn some new techniques and perspectives about basket making. Immerse yourself in a 2 day, all Inclusive basketry workshop! Students will learn the twining technique, fundamentals of materials selection, basket shaping, and the importance of tension while making an approximate 15" diameter x 3" tall basket.

The split spoke and twined construction of this basket base will boast a colorful spiral pattern. Students will have vibrant colors to choose from for the basket base. Both black and brown round reed will be in this mix as well for those with a more subdue pallet. In this workshop the basket will be made from multiple diameters of round reed which lend additional textural interest. All round reed will be pre-dyed and prepared for this specific project. This provides ease and flow for this workshop. HAND STRENGTH IS REQUIRED.

DAY ONE: Students will make a woven base for the basket. Most likely students will move onto the next step of inserting the side spokes to work up the sides of the basket. Students will focus on the twining technique, the importance of tension on the weaving materials, keeping base spokes evenly spaced and how to create a dome and why it is an important function of a basket base.

DAY TWO: Students will complete adding side spokes and finish up the side weaving. A focus on the tension of the weaving materials and how to bring shape to the basket will be employed during this process. This will then lead students to creating a substantial border which brings the basket to completion.

All levels welcome! A great "next steps" workshop for those who have ventured into the world of basket weaving. 

-All weaving materials are included to make one basket during the workshop. 

-All tools needed will be provided for students to use during the 2 day workshop.

-Catalogs of suppliers for weaving materials will be given to students for future weaving projects and tools.

- A two page hand out will be provided which will have a full color photo of the project and a list of the materials used to make this basket.

 Things students should bring:

-Each day we will take a one hour lunch break. It is suggested students bring a sack lunch or there are a few walkable options in the neighborhood.  

-Students should bring 1-2 old bath towels. 

-Hand cream is suggested and dark or older clothes should be worn. The dye will come off on hands  as students are weaving. It will also transfer to light colored clothing.

Peeta Tinay grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born into a family of creatives: her father a chemist by day and a jeweler by night, her mother a painter and weaver. Art work from both parents and their friends filled the house throughout her childhood. Her grandfather was an inventor, keeping a fully functional foundry and pattern shop behind the family home. Roaming through his old work buildings was always an adventure. This early creative environment was fertile ground through which she came of age and discovered her life’s work.

From 1990 to 2000 at The Caning Shop in Berkeley California she was introduced to techniques involved in the restoration of wicker furniture. In 2000 a move to Washington gave a fresh start motivating her to branch out. She continued restoring and also started making wicker pieces from the ground up using 1920's wicker as inspiration.