Willow Bird Feeder and Dragonfly

Sarah Gardner

This course is a great introduction to basketry techniques. You will learn how to weave with willow to create a sculptural dragonfly form and a bird feeder for your garden. The dragonfly body, head and wings will be created using techniques such as wailing and pairing. You will also learn how to build a structure using willow for your bird feeder.

Crafts using your hands can be a therapeutic and an enjoyable experience. You can make your very own handmade item to give as a gift or keep for your home.

This course is suitable for all levels including beginners.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

All materials and tools provided.

Sarah Gardner trained as textile designer, this sparked her interest in constructed textiles and led to her practicing basketry for the past 7 Years. She is interested in growing and foraging natural materials for making but also has a make-do-and-mend approach and is always on the look-out for man-made materials that can be adapted or useful in basket-making. This requires a lot of testing to work out the qualities of the materials and their suitability for different weaving techniques. As an advocate for the crafts Sarah also helps run a small leather accessories company and teaches and practices basketry in Brighton.

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