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York 2001 was really good fun, watch this space for pictures of what the 35 makers and 5 teachers produced

York 2001
The Basketmakers' Association Spring Residential Course 1st to 6th April 2001


Contemporary Basketmaking
Jackie Binns

Jackie Binns trained as a jeweller at the Royal College of Art and has worked and taught extensively in Craft Education. Concern for world resources and the alternative use of recycled and sustainable materials brought her to basketmaking in 1990. After a one day exploration of traditional willow basketmaking skills, students will be encouraged to develop new basket structures which incorporate natural plant or man-made materials and to develop their own contemporary ideas. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced basketmakers who wish to try to experiment with new materials.

Chair Seating
Mary Butcher
Mary Butcher works mainly with willow, making traditional baskets and dramatic sculptural forms, and also has a great interest of all aspects of chair seating. The course will cover rush, cane and willow seating techniques. Mary teaches and lectures in Europe and the USA, researching traditional and contemporary basketmaking. She is co-curator of the Crafts Council exhibition "Contemporary International Basketmaking". She has also written the accompanying book of the same title. Students will be asked to discuss their projects with Mary before the course and to bring chairs or other objects to work on.

Bags and Boxes in Rush
Olivia Elton Barratt
Olivia Elton Barratt makes baskets and seats chairs in a great variety of materials, from fine skeined willow to coiled plastic bags, but her first and greatest love is for rushes. This course will concentrate on bags and boxes, carriers and containers, ranging from simple check and twill weaves to stitched and linked plaits, and with an emphasis on her favourite "diagonal weave" or "plaiting". Olivia uses this weave, with a special tailored top edge, to create boxes and lids in many shapes. The course is suitable for all skill levels from beginners upwards. Students will be able to choose techniques and designs to study, and can discuss these with Olivia before the course.

Beginners Willow
Sandra Barker
Sandra Barker is a working basketmaker and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. This course will introduce beginners to the "Wonderful World of Willow", covering all aspects of the craft, including history, growing, preparation, tools and techniques. Sandra will give a slide presentation to illustrate her subject. Beginners will complete several simple baskets, repeating and adding to the techniques learned with each one. Sandra would like her students "Never to look at a woven object in the same light again"

Intermediate Willow
Graham Glanville
Graham Glanville's course this year is aimed at improvers and those with some experience. Graham has been a full-time basketmaker since 1989. His aim is to make baskets that are robust, functional and aesthetically pleasing. The course will concentrate on English willow basketmaking techniques, with an emphasis on squarework.