For most of our working life we have been weaving functional baskets, repairing cane items, making old style cane furniture and weaving the seats of chairs in various styles. Since closing our shop and moving to the Sunshine Coast, we have been devoting most of our time to the expanding of skills that allow us to create baskets, both beautiful and quirky. Our use of colours, shapes, variety of materials and creative patterns of weave often brings a smile and a conversation with the viewer and the pleasure of creation to the maker.
We make traditional, contemporary, decorative and functional baskets.
Basketry workshops are held regularly at our Tanawha (Sunshine Coast) premises
I think there are many creative people who love baskets. They love them for their functionality, their texture, their appearance and their charm. They love them for the history they bring to mind, from ages past, and the pleasure of personal memories they evoke. We can provide inspiration, and teach techniques, to make the baskets created, full of character and joy, using colour and shape and textures, to make their statement.
Our workshops will teach traditional basketry techniques, and using traditional materials, to create a contemporary or artistic (rather than functional) basket. We teach as a team of 2.
BASKETRY CLASSES / WORKSHOPS
Each class is one day (9.30am – 4pm) on our (very easy to find) veranda overlooking the Sunshine Coast.
BYO lunch. Tea, coffee and cake provided.
You will learn the basics or improve your skills while making your own basket.
From here you can indulge your new interest and increase your skill further through classes and workshops that involve increasingly complex formal basketry projects
Branch out with some Wild Basketry. Bring your ideas for your project, using our guidance and problem solving skill..
Proposed dates for the remainder of 2019 are
24th August INTERMEDIATE BASKETRY
A follow up to beginner skills, the intermediate class reinforces what you already know, adds to these skills and produces a very useful shopping basket. Over 12’s are welcome.
7th September SPLIT CANE SKILLS
This class will teach you some of the basic techniques for working with cane for furniture making . It will be followed by a day spent using these skills to make a child’s chair. Date to be arranged. This is an adult course.
15th September WILD BASKETS
Collect natural materials from our bush and discover how to use them to create baskets. Your only limit is your imagination.
21st September MAKING A HEN BASKET
Making a Hen basket requires some level of experience and will teach you many new skills. It is where you keep your clucky hen while you collect fertile eggs from neighbours for your clucky hen to hatch. Some experience needed.
25th September KIDS BASKETRY
Simple basket that is very satisfying for all ages of kids to make. 6-12 YEARS
12th October BEGINNER BASKETRY
Learn the basic techniques to making a basket. Firstly we help you master some skills making a “sampler” basket for your future reference. Then you apply them to making a simple basket. Over 12 year olds are welcome.
27th October INTERMEDIATE BASKETRY
9th November HAND WEAVING
Learn how to weave the seats of chairs. Logical thought, fine motor skills and patience needed. An adults only course.
17th November BEGINNER BASKETRY
Call us on 0417 617 810 for more information or to book into one of the courses.