String making and looping have been used for over 20.000 years to make a wide variety of bags, baskets, traps and garments in many cultures around the world.
In this workshop you will explore these ancient technologies learning the processes of fibre harvesting and preparation, cordage making and creating your own looped bags, baskets and wall hangings with plant materials such as rush, esparto grass, reedmace and cyperus. With the same materials the special techniques of ply-split darning and ply-split braiding where elements pass through the ply spaces of neighbouring elements offer a wide variety of creative possibilities and structures in contrast to looping structures.
The workshop will combine a good foundation in traditional techniques with freedom to experiment, combine and explore new ideas. The course instructor will bring along part of his collection of flexible basketry including examples from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Mexico and Cambodia. Handling these original artefacts will encourage both the close analysis of structure and further experimentation with material and structure combinations.
Participants: all interested
Prerequisites: This workshop is suitable for both, beginners and those with some experience.
Number of participants: max. 10 people
Instructor: TIM JOHNSON, Great Britain/Spain
born in 1967 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, education at the University of Reading (Fine Art) and at the Winchester School of Art, combines traditional basket weaving with in-house innovation and uses a wide selection of materials and techniques, international exhibitions and projects, receiving several awards, is an experienced tutor, currently living in Spain.
More information: www.timjohnsonartist.com
Timetable: Mon - Thu from 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:30 - 17:30, Fri from 8:30 - 12:00 and 13:30 - 16:30
Kursgebühr: 315 €, Studierende 284 € (exkl. Materialkosten)
Without overnight stay