Light Fantastic Wearable Basketry Parade

The 2013 festival ended with a Parade of lightweight and fantastical costumes around the medieval courtyard of Dartington, led by the pipes of Hum Drazz and accompanying musicians.
Anyone wearing a basketry costume or accessory was invited to join the fun.  Participants in the Parade included members of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers with their basketry Griffin, Superwillow Man from Denmark, The Magnificent Marina from Canada wearing her ‘nassa’, fish trap skirt, students from South Devon College and children from Dartington Primary School who had had the opportunity to work with basketmakers during the months preceding the festival and lots and lots of basketmakers in an amazing variety of splendid and intriguing costumes. And the Otzi Man came too- archaeologist Jacqui Woods, who reconstructed the woven elements of the famous Ice Man’s costume from first hand observation , bought along the woven grass cape and accessories for our very own Otzi-Will to wear in the parade.

A  You Tube video is available here – Basketry and Beyond Festival Parade, and an             image slideshow is available here- The Light Fantastic Wearable Basketry Parade

Please send us more images if you’d like them to be included.

Winning Costumes announced – As an extra incentive to create some fabulous entries, the Musgrove Award of £150 was offered for a winning costume to be sponsored for entry into the Open Category of the New Zealand Wearable Arts Awards in 2014..
Basketry and Beyond could not decide upon a clear winner and have chosen two costumes to go through to the New Zealand Wearable Arts selection process- Sarah Le Breton’s white willow Bird Cage complete with roses and birds and Bridget Coatalen’s  Alice in Wonderland (Drink Me) made from recycled juice cartons.

Bamboo Structures

With the Festival starting in the next few days, there is already lots happening with Basketry & Beyond at Dartington. The courses have started and the residency, which has been going on for some 10 days now, has produced this large bamboo structure named Star Trap,  which is being made on the lawn at Dartington, behind the Space studios.


The Otzi Man Is Coming

THE OTZI MAN IS COMING- Archaeologist Jacqui Woods, who reconstructed the woven elements of the famous Ice Man’s costume from first hand observation , will be bringing the reindeer trousers and the woven grass cape for the parade.

Makers at Work at High Cross House

Our FROM BARE STEMS exhibition has been hugely successful, drawing large numbers of appreciative visitors to High Cross House.  To compliment the exhibition in the studio upstairs at High Cross House, Basketry and Beyond presents

From 10 April this residency will feature basketry in action and focus on the heritage of the craft related to fishing and agriculture in the South West of England. Different basket makers will be working on projects and demonstrating basketry techniques using a selection of materials.
Visitors will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at weaving something for the interactive balcony installation.           We would like to hear about people’s connections with, or memories of basketry and to record this on the ‘Heritage Wall’.

Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Basketry and Beyond has successfully bid for a grant of £23,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help stage the first ever international basketry festival in DEVON. Led by the team at Basketry and Beyond and volunteers from the local community, the HLF grant will enable Basketry and Beyond to research and record, for others to learn from and enjoy, the heritage of basketry from the South West of England. The festival will feature have-a-go workshops, displays and demonstrations of South West Baskets.

FROM BARE STEMS 8 March – 2 June 2013, an exhibition of baskets and basketry techniques and materials, with a  focus on the fishing, farming and fashion theme of the festival. Curated by Hilary Burns the exhibition will show traditional and contemporary work side by side, together with information about how and with what they are made. Basketry and Beyond will be makers in residence. Standard National Trust admission charges apply.

‘From Bare Stems’ exhibition


Exhibition items are starting to arrive for the ‘From Bare Stems’ exhibition due to start at High Cross House, Dartington on March 8. The most eye-catching, amongst all the amazing woven items, were these huge woven grass boots from Joanne B Karr.

These measure 60cm by 30com and are made using the same technique as Angus MacPhee, weaver of grass.  Look for these and Joanne’s other woven items at the exhibition.

Where we are at.

Building on our previous festivals, Basketry & Beyond already has  a broad structure of demonstrations, courses, workshops, exhibition, seminar, market, parade and children’s activities to produce an International Festival of Basketmaking around the theme of Fishing, Farming and Fashion.

Around this we are seeking funding to create an amazing basketry event that will bring together experienced basketmakers from around the world to run courses and demonstrate their craft.  This will all be based at Dartington  Hall close to Totnes in Devon.