October 10 through October 12, 2019
10/10/2019 - 10/12/2019
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed artist Jackie Abrams of Brattleboro, Vermont. Jackie has been a fiber artist for over 40 years, using and adapting well-practiced basket making skills. Materials used in her personal work include silk and cotton fabrics, archival paper, wire, sand, thread, buttons, encaustic wax, and acrylic paints and mediums. She works intuitively, the colors and textures of the materials informing the vessels she creates. Her workshops are inspirational!
Join us as we extend to Jackie a warm welcome-back to Kentucky!
'Not Your Mother's Coiling' is a three-day workshop; it is perhaps the closest you will come to ‘random’ coiling. The stitching is simple and functional, while the core materials (plastic bags, fabrics, raffia) are exposed and celebrated. Stones, shells, and other small objects may be incorporated. Create a traditional basket form, a wall hanging, or experiment with more sculptural techniques.
Both beginning and more advanced basket makers are welcome to explore the possibilities.
Experimentation and laughter are all encouraged.
Students should bring the following to the Workshop:
Bring stuff that interests you. See Jackie's suggestions below and contact Jackie at email@example.com with any questions--
--You could bring fabric, threads, beads, flexible plant materials, stones, seed pods, wires, metal pieces, plastic bags, shells. Materials may be shared.
--"Wire works well as an armature; I like 16 gauge – both strong and flexible; I will bring some to share. I prefer copper, but many other wires will work," says Jackie.
--Tools to cut all this stuff or make holes – wire cutters, scissors (both long-bladed and small / sharp), awl
--Bring items to attach materials together –strong threads (e.g. linen or cotton), wires, clothespins. Waxed linen thread works particularly well, as does cotton (e.g. 3/2 or carpet warp) and silk. It needs to be strong. If it breaks when you pull it, it won’t work. Jackie's preference is 4-ply waxed linen. You can bring beeswax to wax your own threads; Jackie will bring along beeswax to share. There will be 4-ply waxed linen in a variety of colors for purchase at the workshop from The Basket Maker's Catalog.
--Sewing needles – of the appropriate sizes for the materials you are bringing. Particularly recommended are tapestry needles (blunt point with a large eye).
--You will be able to incorporate small (flat-ish) rocks, twigs, or other objects. Bring along a few.
--Check out the “Spirit Women” page of Jackie's website for some ideas.
--Note: The amount of material you need will depend, of course, on the size of your finished piece. A yard of fabric, or 4 recycled-blouses, would be enough for a small size basket. Plastic bags of all sorts, including dry cleaner bags, work well. Probably 10 bags for a small basket.
Visit Jackie’s website to find out more about her work and workshops. www.jackieabrams.com
Workshop Location: The Basket Maker’s Catalog • 521 E. Walnut St. • Scottsville, KY 42164
Daily Class Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time each day
Weaving Level: All levels, beginners to advanced
Workshop Fee: $375.00
Deadline to Register: September 6, 2019
Registration: Call today to register. Payment is due at time of registration; we gladly accept your personal check as well as American Express, Discover, VISA, and MasterCard. Your payment will not be processed until the day of the class.
Class fee is non-refundable: Class Handout, containing basic guidelines (this is not a comprehensive instruction), will be mailed to anyone who registers but is unable to attend.
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