The Magic of Twill in Basketry with Charlie Kennard
Aug 13, 2022 9:30 am
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation 900 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401 United States
We will learn basic twill weaves using single-color bamboo or cattail, reweaving the same strips for different exercises.
Flat strips of material such as cattail, crushed tule, bark, New Zealand flax, and split bamboo, can be interlaced in many ways, to make decorative patterns and to create the structure of baskets. We will learn basic twill weaves using single-color bamboo or cattail, reweaving the same strips for different exercises. Participants using cattail will be able to keep the strips; bamboo strips will be returned to the instructor at the end of the workshop. A handout will illustrate a selection of weaves. Charlie will also show a variety of twill weave baskets and mats, and demonstrate splitting bamboo into thin strips. Even if you have done other types of weaving, this workshop will stretch your brain!
Please note: This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers. Participants should bring a spray bottle, and, if they wish, a camera to record the steps in weaving. Please bring a lunch to the workshop.
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world, and believes that through knowledge of, and love for localized ecology and cultures, we will safeguard all. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed in Point Reyes Station, and for continuing private groups. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in wildlife habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.