Class Dates: September 17 - 19, 2020 The inherent softness of native black willow bark and its lovely natural color make this material a nice option for functional hand and shoulder bags.
09/17/2020 - 09/19/2020
This class will introduce weavers to native black willow bark, a very strong, flexible and beautiful fiber uncommonly used for basketry. The inherent softness of native black willow bark and its lovely natural color make this material a nice option for functional hand and shoulder bags.
Bark harvesting will be discussed and class participants will learn fiber preparation by removing the outer bark layer from portions of precut strips prior to constructing a small purse. Students are encouraged to create freely, choosing from a selection of weaving techniques for the basket body, and numerous twining techniques will be taught as border design options.
Leather strap material will be on hand in addition to goat skin and waxed linen for a secure top enclosure choice. Finished size will be approximately 6” L x 2.5” W x 7” H.
Dates: September 17 - 19, 2020
Workshop Fee*: $445.00
All skill levels welcome
Deadline to Register: August 14, 2020
Class Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day • Central Time
Jennifer Zurick is a self-taught artist specializing in black willow bark which she has been harvesting and weaving into baskets since 1980. She is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship and two Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships. Zurick has traveled to Ecuador as a Kentucky Arts Council cultural exchange artist and was recently honored with a 2017 Governor's Award in the Arts. Her work is included in a number of museum collections, including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and has won prizes and awards at national exhibitions and shows.
Jennifer's Artist Statement: "I aspire to create simple, elegant woven vessels that possess a richness of spirit and a presence embodying the soul of the tree from which they came. A fascination with old tribal textiles, finely woven functional containers and ancient processes fuels my inclination to manipulate fiber. Employing various weaving techniques to inject texture and rhythmic design elements, I draw significantly upon the inspiration of early Native American and contemporary Japanese basketry. As my work evolves, I am compelled to create more intricate, textile-like woven forms, finding great satisfaction in emulating the art and integrity of fine basketry.”
Find out more about Jennifer and her work: www.jenniferzurick.com
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Registration: Call 1-800-447-7008 or 270-237-4821 • Mon. - Fri. 8:00 - 4:30 Central Time
Location: The Basket Maker’s Catalog • 521 E. Walnut St. • Scottsville, KY 42164
To Register: Call today to register for three days of Willow Bark Basketry with Jennifer.
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.
*Cancellation: Students who register and later cancel will be subject to a $95.00 cancellation fee.
Please bring the following to the workshop: basketry shears, awl, small clamps (copper clamps stain bark), hemostat or small needle nose clamping tool, spray bottle, small soaking bucket, apron, old hand towel. Basketry tools may be purchased at www.basketmakerscatalog.com
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