Jennifer Heller Zurick at Shakerag

Black willow baskets by Jennifer Heller Zurich
Jennifer Heller Zurick will lead a workshop in Black Willow Bark Basketry at Shakerag June 19 - 25, 2011. This class will introduce weavers to black willow bark, a very strong, flexible, and beautiful fiber uncommonly used for basketry. Students will process a roll of bark into weaving elements and construct a simple square or round bottom base. They will continue to follow a plain or twill plaited pattern, or be free to design their own basket applying a variety of weaving techniques. A pot, an urn, a sculpture… the design possibilities are endless and willow bark always promises to give interesting (if not always anticipated) results! A twined border and woven rim technique will be taught, as well as cordage spinning for the handle. One small woven vessel will be completed and another begun if time permits. Bark harvesting will be discussed.

Jennifer Heller Zurick is a self-taught artist who has been professionally producing willow bark baskets since 1980. She harvests and processes the inner bark from trees growing along the banks of the Kentucky River, transforming it into one of a kind, intricately woven vessels from her rural home studio in the foothills near Berea, Kentucky. Her work has been featured in many regional and national exhibitions and she has taught numerous workshops throughout her career.

For more about Jennifer, visit www.jenniferhellerzurick.com.

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