Rush, Bark and Leaves

Rush, bark and leaves –  boxes and bags
TUTOR: Maggi Rogers

This is a great opportunity to work with Maggi Rogers to use locally sourced materials, rush bark and leaves, to create unique items. Rush is a soft material and is a great to work with for people new to basketmaking and equally for those who have experience of other types of basketmaking.

About the course

Title: Rush, bark and leaves boxes and bags  
About the tutor: Maggi, who has been making baskets for 20 years, says: ‘I became especially interested in working with rush when I had the opportunity to harvest on the river Isle in Somerset. I was hooked on the whole process; from wading in the river with a sharp cutter to the relatively delicate art of making rush boxes and bags. When I attended courses on North American cedar and New Zealand flax I realised that the techniques could be adapted to rushwork.’

Knowledge/skill: No previous skills are required.
Course Format: The course will look at the harvesting and preparation of locally sourced materials and the techniques for weaving them. Making lidded boxes or bags mainly from rush, incorporating other materials such as willow and other tree barks to add colour or texture.

Cost: £120 includes all materials, tea/coffee and cakes.
Duration: This is a two day course starting at 10:00 and finishing by 17:00
Dates: Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May 2013
Accommodation: Dartington Estate has a range of accommodation with reduced rates. Contact: 01803 847147 email quoting Basketry and Beyond Festival.

What to bring: You will need to bring small sharp scissors, sharp penknife, tape measure, plant spray and old towel.


Part of our programme of the ‘Heritage of Basketry in the South West of England’ supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund