Importance of Vessels: Basket Making Workshop!

Like many textile arts, we experience basket making in many forms and from many cultures. Each individual has their own connection to the vessels that take different shapes, hold various objects, decorate homes, and carry precious things. Case in point, baskets are an important part of fiber arts, as well as many people’s everyday lives.

We are very excited to offer a Weekend Intensive, with artist Matt Tommey. Matt will be joining us from North Carolina, where he practices and teaches his art form.

Basket Making – May 12+13, 11-5PM each day

In this weekend intensive learn to make unique baskets using materials from nature including vines, tree bark and other natural plant fibers. The class will focus on the creation of 2 baskets – a small freeform basket and a bark pouch – using twining and plaiting weaving techniques.  We will also explore how to make and use black walnut dye.  All experience levels welcome but moderate hand strength is required!

About Matt

Matt Tommey‘s interest in fine craft and handmade baskets began as a teenager, growing up in southern Georgia. His passion for using natural materials began to center around creeping southern vine, kudzu while in school in the North Georgia mountains at Young Harris College and the University of Georgia.

Now an Asheville, North Carolina resident, Matt’s handcrafted baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms and wild, rustic, natural materials including natural vines (kudzu, wisteria, grapevine), branches (birch, oak, ash & poplar), long leaf pine needles and poplar bark. His interpretation of rib baskets and other traditional shapes offer a heartfelt nod to his roots in Appalachian basketry while offering a contemporary expression that is all his own.

Matt is a leader in the contemporary basketry movement, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Basketry Organization and as an instructor at schools, guilds and conventions around the country.

More basketry inspiration to come!


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