String Bag Basketry
CORDAGE AND STRING BAG FROM PLANTS WORKSHOP with Trudi Nisbet
Friday 19th October 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
$130, all materials provided plus morning tea, lunch and refreshments, and of course, great company
Phone: 0245 796579 Gallery
0409 661 662 Robyn
Students will first learn the very calming and satisfying skill of making cordage from plant fibres. Students will learn what plants are suitable to gather and how to store and prepare these plants fibres.
The second part to this workshop is utilising string making skills to learn the technique of looping. One very simple looping stitch will be taught to create a surprisingly strong string bag, sometimes called knotless netting. Trudi will guide you through each step in a friendly and relaxed class so that each student goes home confident in the knowledge of string making and knotless netting and open to other possibilities…….
Notes will also be provided.
Making string has a history dating back 20 000 years and was a practice carried out around the world. String has been used to simply tie, carry, hold or bind to the more intricate art of netting, ceremonial adornments and clothing.
A simple looping stitch can be used in a variety of combinations to produce various netting used for different purposes.
Combining these two techniques will enable “Knotless Netting”.
I’m a textile and fibre artist with a focus on creating contemporary art with a deep connection to the traditional arts and crafts. My art reflects my appreciation for the forgotten crafts of the past. Weaving, basketry, spinning and natural dyeing will often be featured.
My designs are kept simple to enable texture and colour to take centre stage and to showcase the interesting and unusual fibres. The materials’ history and story are an important part of the art process. I’m interested in using sustainable materials, such as locally grown plants and wool sourced from Australian sheep. It’s important to me that I choose fair-trade and ethical products whenever available.
Inspired by the diverse cultures of the world, my art will often incorporate techniques and styles unique to a certain culture. And the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of my home on the Hawkesbury River are my incubator for creativity!
Other relevant information
Trudi’s philosophy is “there are no mistakes, only design elements” and this makes for a very relaxed and flexible learning environment. The class sizes are kept small, max 6 students, so optimum attention can be given to each student.