Rush at Warwick University

Clutch baskets woven in Cambridgeshire rush with willow bark details

On 5th-7th July 2019 I will be teaching at Warwick University alongside three other fabulous Rush specialists- John Page, Rosie Farey and Brigitte Graham. the weekend has been organised by Clair Murphy and Ruth Salter both of whom are Basketmakers with a passion for Rush; the former compiling and editing a recently published book “Rush Basketry: Weaving with Eight Makers”. Copies of which can be purchased via the Basketmakers Association and Amazon.

The focus of my course will be creating pattern and texture through twining techniques to create small clutch baskets. We will look at shaping using moulds and stitch tension as well as closures, lids and fastenings. To add to their texture students will be encouraged to add details of fine willow bark and various natural threads. We will also play with plaits to form brooches using a variety of knots that will be stitched to brooch pins with fine hemp.

I cannot wait to spend the weekend immersed in all things of a rush weaving nature and if you are interested please email rushatwarwick@gmail.com for details.

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