Mary Crabb


Sculptural Textile Basketry – freeform wrapping and coiling

Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

Sculptural basketry will focus on the techniques of coiling and wrapping, with a theme of ‘making lines’. The three-dimensional off loom work of Tadek Beutlich will be a source of inspiration. Sculptural basketry will focus on using a range of materials to make lines. The course will begin with the learning of wrapping and coiling techniques with exercises to create simple line shapes and forms. Lines will be explored by making simple drawings and models, with the main inspiration being found in the three-dimensional off-loom work of Tadek Beutlich. You will be encouraged to sample and develop ideas which work towards the making of your own structured sculptural piece towards the end of the course. Considering the part that wrapping and coiling plays in the making of a three-dimensional basket, you will explore the basic principle to work freeform. Wrapping and coiling of a core material is worked in the hands with the use of a few simple tools. The use of core materials will be sampled; textile, raffia and paper, to enable decisions to be made about the quality of a desired line and variations in thickness. The techniques will be introduced and developed during the course. Basics of joining in new threads, changing thread, making connections with the core, tensioning and finishing will all be covered. West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ. For more information and booking, please visit the West Dean College short course website.