Learn how to make a small netted bag, with an introduction to looped netting using English rush. You will learn how to make the rush into cordage then loop it into a strong and semi-pliable structure.
There is archaeological evidence of this technique from Mesolithic times. It has remained unchanged since then and is a technique loved by contemporary basket makers and fibre artists.
Rush is a beautiful native plant that has a long tradition of use in basketmaking. It is soft, lovely to work with, and has gorgeous hues from green through to gold.
This course is suitable for people who have had a go at making cordage before, or for beginners who have good hand skills. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
Ruby Taylor, founder of Native Hands, is inspired by working with natural materials foraged from woods, hedgerows and the land where a dialogue emerges between her hands and the materials. Immersed in the whole cycle of production: harvesting in a sustainable way and processing the raw materials to create functional and sculptural pieces.
Usually teaching groups in the woodlands of East Sussex, Ruby brings her popular courses indoors with Atelier Beside the Sea during the winter months to continue sharing her unique approach to this craft.
Ruby is passionate about helping people develop their skills and creativity whilst developing their connection to the natural world. With over 30 years’ experience, her teaching method comes with clarity, patience and humour.
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Refreshments will be available during the class.
What to bring with you:
All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although you may wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.
You may also wish to view Ruby’s other Cordage and Wild Grass Basket courses.
Booking terms & conditions:
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