Widen your Scope – Concept and Application

An experimental willow workshop with Alastair Heseltine
Alastair is a master craftsman and an early ambassador for the revival of interest in basket traditions in the 1980’s in England. He worked from his studio near the castle in Totnes, Devon, travelling in Europe to search out the old makers and methods, to keep them alive. He brings a thirty year background of research and innovation in willow, and has been teaching  classes for fifteen. This is a special opportunity to work with Alastair for three days of ‘hands on’ willow basket making and brainstorming. Alastair now lives in Canada.  You can find more information at alastairheseltine.com

About the workshop

Title:  Widen your scope: concept and application

Knowledge/skills: This opportunity will be of interest to people who are makers with experience and an interest in re-energising their professional practice.
Course Format: Three intensive days of ‘hands on’ willow basket making with a master of the craft exploring how to widen your scope.
Three intensive days of ‘hands on’ willow basket making and brainstorming.
What is required to develop your basketmaking? How do your concepts inform or limit what you make?
The workshop will offer an opportunity to explore individual goals and to complete one piece or more. We will restrict ourselves to achievable results within the timeframe but have no other limits on form function or method, we will also take breaks to appraise and assess our work as a group. Come open to share your skills, designs, innovations, techniques, and aesthetics. Come prepared to challenge yourself and also to have some fun.

Cost: £260 includes all materials, tea/coffee and cakes.
Duration: This is a three day course starting at 09:00 and finishing by 18:00
Dates: Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2013
Accommodation: Dartington Estate has a range of accommodation with reduced rates for people attending the festival and workshops.
Contact: 01803 847147 email bookings@dartingtonhall.com quoting Basketry and Beyond Festival.

What to bring: You will need to bring your own set up, tools and a notebook and a sample of your work that signifies a direction you would like to explore further