Wild Fibres Basketry workshops combine traditional coil weaving practices with modern materials. They're designed for people with no basketry skills at all, as well as those with existing skills looking to experiment with new fibres and techniques.
Basketry is just as much a creative process as it is calming, social and meditative. It's about turning off the screens, stepping back from the daily rush of life and taking time out.
This workshop is an amazing opportunity to be creative with your sustainability practices by learning how to re-purpose plastic bags and other materials into functional and beautiful objects. With plastic bags and an array of colourful yarn, you'll learn all the steps to making a basket, as well as two different stitches to create a variety of aesthetics. You'll also take home a Wild Fibres Pack which includes your own chenille needle, step by step guide to basketry, fibre directory and some extra yarn to keep your new weaving addiction alive.
All you need to bring along is two regular plastic grocery bags from your local grocer (eg woollworths, IGA).
Ainsley Warner from Wild Fibres is a fibre artist from Marrickville. She is passionate about sharing weaving with others as a mindfulness tool that can be incorporated into anyone's life to reduce stress, promote creativity and to simply have fun.
As a social worker who works with a lot of trauma survivors, she finds basketry an invaluable balancing tool in her life.
Ainsley has also recently been living in Oaxaca Mexico where she spent her time absorbing, observing and learning about a variety of traditional art processes including natural dyes, backstrap loom weaving and embroidery. Incorporating naturally dyed fibres into her process is a focus of her current work which will continue when she returns to live in Mexico in 2019.
A lovely afternoon tea will also be provided..Look forward to seeing you!