The Nest: Pine Needle Basket Weaving with Roberta Condon
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10am-4pm | Ages 16+
590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
Class Fee: $100/person (“Family” level members and up save 10% on classes! Enter member coupon code at checkout. For more info about becoming a member, click here)
Join instructor and nationally-recognized basket weaver Roberta Condon for this workshop on weaving a coiled basket out of pine needles. This class is suitable for those with zero basket weaving experience; Roberta will guide you step by step through the process of making coils, attaching them using sinew, transitioning from level to level, and how to finish the weavings. Students can expect to finish at least one full basket in this class, perhaps more depending on the speed with which you work.
From Roberta: “Folklore is passed mouth to mouth. Folk Art is passed hand to hand. Pine needle and grass coiling into baskets has been in existence since the time of man. My extensive study with the Gullah Geechee in the barrier islands off the Georgia Coast, and a master coiler North in the barrier islands of Virginia imbue the work with a deep tradition yet the forms move outside tradition to embrace a new definition of basketry and vessels, stretching the traditional forms and materials to embrace contemporary meanings. When I engage in fiber arts I am creating something, but I’m also participating in historic traditions thousands of years old. I’m not only making art for my own and future generations, I am embodying the work of my ancestors.”