The Art of Basketry: Using Local Natural Material

Sunday, April 1, 2012
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Series: Natural Arts
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, Garden Pavilion, 6804 SW Marine Drive.
Cost: $150 public, $140 garden members (includes UBC students) all applicable taxes and fees included.
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Learn the art of basketry using local natural material. This workshop will introduce participants to weaving with western red cedar bark, yellow cedar bark, west coast sweetgrass, willow bark and beargrass. We will begin with a discussion about the harvesting and preparation of the materials. Then, we will be weaving a basket with a round base and a diversity of weaving techniques including variations of twining, plaiting and twill weave will be incorporated on the sides. A variation of the fold over rim designed by Joan, will finish off this basket which you are sure to treasure.

Instructor: Joan Carrigan, Basketry Specialist and Artist
Joan Carrigan discovered basketry in 1991 and has since studied with many outstanding basket makers. She has acquired a broad-based knowledge of basketry techniques and materials, and has taught extensively. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Please Note: Advance registration required. Class size is 10 people maximum. Participants will need to bring a ruler, scissors with a sharp point, an old towel, spray bottle, awl or packing tool, curved upholstery needle.
If you do not wish to register online, you can come in person and register at the Gatehouse. To contact us: 604-690-5375 or

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