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“Travelling Lines” – Random Weave Basketry

By Polly Pollock (Textile Study Group)
Hillscourt Hotel and Venue, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS

“Travelling Lines” is the overall theme of the Textile Study Group’s Annual Residential Summer School 2024.  Polly Pollock is teaching a course focusing on Random Weave Basketry techniques.  Polly’s course title is : Shape – Form – Basket The Course  Lines joined up form shapes. Shape and lines intersecting in space create form. Form becomes basket.

After considering the qualities of lines through drawing and mark-making, you will explore how materials can represent these. Baskets are made by linear materials interweaving. You will experiment with materials, colour, scale, density, surface, stitch… Your work might be materials/technique led, or informed by a more personal theme, like tracing the steps of a familiar walk. Basketry is a slow and meditative craft, allowing time for contemplation and experimentation; it is rooted in ancient traditions, with enormous potential for experimentation and innovation.You may focus on a single piece, or a small collection of exploratory samples to develop further in your own time.
The Venue  Hillscourt is a delightful venue set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. The Victorian house dates back to 1897 and retains many of its original features. It is located in leafy South Birmingham, near to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and close to the Lickey Hills.  All bedrooms are ensuite.  The venue is easily accessible by road being a 5 minute drive from the M5 Junction 4 and 5 minutes from the M42 Junction 1. The nearest station is at Longbridge and the nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport. There is ample free parking available. More Details  The summer school begins at 2.00pm on Monday 15 July, and ends after afternoon tea on Thursday 18 July 2024.  
Costs  Full board, course fee, accommodation  :  £735  (NB The course fee does not include lunch on Monday 15 July)