As I search for news and tidbits to share with basketmakers I like to pay attention to where the prominent studio artist basketmakers are teaching. This morning I noticed that Lindsay Ketterer Gates will offer a 4 day workshop at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ June 12-15, 2009. The workshop is titled "Sculpting with Fiber Techniques in Wire" and is open to students at all levels.
This workshop is designed to teach beginners basic wire techniques that can be used to create three dimensional forms. Students will explore the world of contemporary basketry and the use of found and commonplace objects as embellishment. Knotless netting, random weave, tinkering, twining and coiling are some of the techniques that will be introduced. Students will be encouraged to combine techniques and unusual materials when creating their own pieces and to work as small or as large as they wish.
Lindsay Ketterer Gates is a studio artist working out of Milford, PA. Her non-traditional sculptural baskets feature constructed forms of wire with overlays of knotless netting and found objects such as pistachio nut shells. She is represented by galleries including Jane Sauer Gallery (Santa Fe, NM) and Snyderman-Works Gallery (Philadelphia, PA). If you are not familiar with Lindsay's work you may want to visit her website.
Information about registering for the workshop.
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