Went off with Michele to do our weekend in sculptural basketry. Our teacher, Meri was lovely- patient, encouraging and willing to let everyone work as they wanted to.
I really enjoyed the quietness of weaving and constructing the basket but I have to confess that I don't think that "sculptural basketry" is really my thing! We started off by learning how to build a rattan structure using the random weave technique. We then added other natural plant materials onto this framework.
A quick sketch first to get an idea of the shape- I decided on a pear or pod shaped basket.
Somehow once I started weaving I ended up with more of a kidney bean.
Not a pear, but a definite rather obstinate kidney bean.
I really preferred my basket without the natural fibers added on but decided to give it a try anyway.
As I said, fun but not really my thing....
Here is my not even nearly finished basket:
Somehow I don't see myself ever completing it - I'm actually considering cutting off all of the plant materials and using the frame as a base for something else.
Paper mache kidney bean, anyone?