Sculptural Basketry with Cynthia Minden

sculpted basket
Experiment with form and function in this three-day workshop. Starting with a base of found wood, you will learn how to attach upright spokes and weave a form that is completely organic and unique. We will work with hand dyed reed in order to gain some skill with colour and pattern. We may incorporate other fibres and materials as well. You will become comfortable in adding and subtracting spokes to make your form wider or narrower as it develops. You can create windows or openings in the form as the shape undulates and grows! This is an engaging workshop - a combination of ancient basketry techniques and new design.
Cost of Course
Kit Fee
Course Difficulty
Course Type
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Students to Bring:

1. A couple of pieces of found wood that can sit on a table to use as a base for your sculpture, not too large. I will have some for you also.
2. Sharp secateurs
3. Old towel
4. Soaking tub or bucket
5. Spray bottle
6. Caners awl (optional)
7. Notebook
8. Cordless drill and small bits (if you have one)
9. OPTIONAL: Any materials you might like to experiment with such as flexible thin vines, ornaments with a hole that can be threaded onto your piece

I will supply:
Hand-dyed reed and other weaving materials
Reed for spokes
Extra pieces of wood for the bases