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The Magic of Twill in Basketry with Charlie Kennard
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$150
Learn basic twill weaves for making decorative patterns in basketry
Flat strips of material such as cattail, crushed tule, bark, New Zealand flax, and split bamboo, can be interlaced in many ways, to make decorative patterns or to create the structure of a basket.
Join us at the beautiful Fibershed Learning Center on Black Mountain Ranch near Point Reyes Station, CA, where we will learn basic twill weaves using single-color bamboo or cattail, reweaving the same strips for different exercises. Participants using cattail will be able to keep the strips; bamboo strips will be returned to the instructor at the end of the workshop.
A handout will illustrate a selection of weaves. Charlie will also show a variety of twill weave baskets and mats, and demonstrate splitting bamboo into thin strips. Even if you have done other types of weaving, this workshop will stretch your brain!
Please note: Participants will not be making a basket in this workshop, but will be learning twill weaves for their own projects.
Please bring your own snacks, lunch and beverages.
Maximum 10 students.
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/501340782777
Tuition Scholarships & Transportation/Childcare Stipends
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. In addition to scholarships for tuition, we are offering a limited number of stipends for transportation and/or childcare. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship and/or stipend recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed, the Laguna Center and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.