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Basket Making Twist WS



Basket Making with a Twist

with Barbara Shapiro

Zoom Workshop Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10am – 12:30pm PDT

Fee: $75 ($60 for TAC members: use promo code) Deadline to register: 4/16


We will create one or more twisted cubes. Plaiting, which we will use, is one of the four elementary structures of traditional basketry from time immemorial, along with coiling, twining, and stake-and-strand. Via Zoom, this workshop will offer a contemporary twist on a traditional open form and should engage students in further exploration. They can contain an object, like a cork, for a pleasant rattle or a personal item making them a memory box. They can add a spot of color in a grouping of objects.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

Class material will be purchased or provided by students. A materials list will be provided upon registration. The cost of supplies will vary depending on materials on hand and may be as high as $30.

Please note: This workshop is open to all. There is a discounted workshop price for members of the Textile Arts Council.

Barbara Shapiro has been creating textile art for decades. She combines a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing, and basketry. After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the ’70s and ’80s, Barbara shifted her focus to textile art. She has devoted much of her art practice to basketry for the past 17 years, working in both coiling and plaiting, often with indigo-dyed elements. She teaches frequent workshops and has taught at San Francisco State University and Osher Lifelong Learning through SFSU. A past Board Member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves as an Advisor on the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of SF and was a docent at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She is a frequent contributor to textile publications and her award-winning wall pieces and baskets have been widely published and exhibited throughout the USA and in Canada, France, England, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Israel.

Photos courtesy of Barbara Shapiro.


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